About me

"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

 

Both my professional and personal experiences have created an insight as to how incredibly resilient people are. In my own life, I have overcome numerous obstacles and have faced challenging circumstances, including my own personal struggle with mental health, where I had to build upon my own internal resources to persevere. I believe we are all endowed with the innate capacity to heal from emotional difficulties and that such challenges can provide opportunities for self-awareness, personal growth, and empowerment.

I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from the University of Central Florida, which is ranked as a top ten graduate programme for counselling and psychotherapy in the United States. During my graduate studies, I completed my clinical placement in a drug and alcohol service, specialising in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. This experience give me a unique understanding of the complexities relating to addiction and unresolved trauma. 

For the past 15 years, my work has been dedicated to helping individuals overcome difficulties in their lives while enhancing their inner wisdom and resiliency. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings in both England and the United States, including community mental health services, NHS, Veterans Affairs, and in private practice. In addition, I have worked extensively with military veterans and first responders including police officers, paramedics, and prison officers; giving me a deep understanding of the stressors unique to the these communities.

 

I have extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological disorders, with a particular focus on complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, and problems caused by adverse childhood experiences including low self esteem, relationship difficulties, and emotional dysregulation.

I am committed to professional excellence and further education, regularly participating in trainings, workshops, and other learning opportunities to advance my clinical skills and stay current with research and scientific advances in the field. I also partake in regular clinical supervision with an EMDR consultant. 

Education

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; University of Central Florida, United States

  • Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy; University of Central Florida, United States

  • B.A. in Sociology and Psychology; Queens College, City University of New York, United States

 

Advanced Clinical Training

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (Parts 1-3); Richman EMDR Training, United Kingdom

  • Ego State Therapy Advanced Training; Robin Shapiro, United Kingdom

  • Individual Schema Therapy Certification; Schema Institute, United Kingdom 

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training (Level 2); Linehan Institute, United States

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom

Professional Affiliations 

  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies 

  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 

  • EMDR Association UK & Ireland

  • EMDR International Association 

  • International Society of Schema Therapy

Additional Trainings 

  • EMDR Therapy and DBT for Trauma Focused Care; Jamie Marich, Ph.D. & Rachel Weaver, LISW-S

  • Polyvagal Theory in Practice:Helping Clients Reshape Their Autonomic Nervous Systems; Deb Dana, LCSW

  • Healing Broken Bonds: The Consequences of Traumatic Attachment; Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

  • Somatic Psychology as Integrated into Evidence Based Trauma Treatment; Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D.

  • EMDR: Release the Magic: Working with Attachment; Mark Brayne, M.A.

  • Calming the Inner Critic: Working with Punitive Introjects, Ego States and Dissociative Parts in Trauma; Kathy Steele, M.N., C.S.

  • Rewiring the Addicted Brain: An EMDR-Based Treatment Model for Overcoming Addiction; Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.

  • Healing Dissociation with EMDR Therapy: A Practical Workshop; Jamie Marich, Ph.D.

  • Pain, Parts, Illness and Identity: Somatic Psychology and EMDR Therapy for Chronic Pain and Illness; Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D.

  • The Flash Technique: Making trauma memories more accessible EMDR processing; Philip Manfield, Ph.D. and Lewis Engel, Ph.D.

  • Healing the Heart of Complex Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and Ego State Therapy; Carol Forgash, LCSW

  • Feeling-State Addiction Protocol Training; Robert Miller, Ph. D.

  • EMDR with Military Veterans & Uniformed Services; Mathew Wessen

  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children; Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.

  • DBT Skills Training- Emotional Regulation; Dr. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.

  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer- The Psychophysiology of Trauma and PTSD; Babette Rothschild, MSW

© 2020 by Joanne Regina, M.A.