Joanne Clough

Counselling and Psychotherapy


  • Manchester
Types of session
  • Telephone
  • Video call


  • Remote (Telephone or Online):
    +£0.00 (mandatory)

About me

My name is Joanne and I have called my counselling service, ‘The front of the queue,’ because I believe we are all entitled to be at the front of the queue when it comes to having our needs met.

I qualified as a person-centred counsellor in 2023 and I did my placements at Manchester Women’s Aid and at Salford Foundation Men’s project. I chose these placements because I wanted to gain valuable experience of working with both men and women, and because these placements complimented my job in domestic abuse.As well as counselling, I also work for a domestic abuse service and I co-deliver a course which increases awareness of how abuse, on all levels, can happen in relationships. Often after understanding manipulation people come to realise that this can present in unusual ways and can often happen very subtly. They often come to realise that manipulation has happened before in other relationships such as family, friends and in the workplace.

The course helps people to build confidence, set boundaries and move forward with their lives, with a renewed understanding of their own needs. The word abuse is sometimes not understood, but it covers a range of behaviours which cross our boundaries and show no respect for our own needs. Due to my experience, I have chosen to specialise in counselling clients who continue to feel the emotional impact of abusive relationships whether past or present. Although this is my specialism it is not restrictive, and I have experience of counselling in a range of subjects including, anxiety, depression, work issues, family, relationships, and cultural issues.

Before training as a counsellor, I have had various jobs throughout my working life. My first job was as a housing officer which I did for around 15 years. After this I went into homelessness and I have worked with children and families,’ offenders, and more recently in domestic abuse. I decided to train as a counsellor because I wanted to train in a specific set of skills that would lead to a profession. I have a history of people pleasing and not feeling good enough but since starting the counselling training in 2020, I have never looked back, and this has completely changed my perspective on life. It is a privilege to counsel others and help them to change their own perspective.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Registered member of BACP

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