Before working for SARSAS, Joanna worked for DHI and led the criminal justice team, supporting offenders with drug and alcohol problems. Joanna uses a compassionate approach when formulating and understanding problems around  offending behaviour and addictions that often stem from early childhood trauma and loss. Whilst such behaviours are not acceptable and can cause great pain to others, she views them as often being a normal fight/flight response to an abnormal set of experiences, and works from a non judgemental and empathic framework. Joanna's extensive experience and knowledge of complex trauma and so called 'Personality Disorders', and her own personal experiences, means she is able to work effectively with clients with a range of backgrounds, showing resiliance and sensitivity.

Joanna lives in the area of Norton Radstock and is passionate about providing affordable and accessible therapy to people in the area. Joanna is a fully qualified counsellor graduating from UWE in 2010 with an under graduate counselling diploma. Since then she has completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Advanced skills of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, and is now in her second year of a Masters Degree in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University. Joanna currently works 2 days a week for SARSAS, a charity specialising in supporting people who have experienced sexual abuse trauma, and she has a great deal of knowledge and experience in working with both adults and young people of 13 and above who have experienced abuse.

Joanna runs her private practice from a counselling room she rents at Midsomer Norton Town hall, it is discreet and comfortable, see image below.

This is what the counselling room in Midsomer Norton looks like, click below for a map  of where to find Joanna Mead counselling and psychotherapy.