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Joanna Northover

  • BA (Hons) Counselling studies

  • Level 3 Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties

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Thank you for visiting SLCC,
where therapy takes on a new meaning.

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My name is Joanna known as Nina, a Psychotherapist/Counsellor, I began my career working in corporate settings supporting executives in high-stress positions and later trained to work with neurodivergent adults and young people. I provide support and guidance to individuals who are trying to find their voice in the world. Being able to recognise our uniqueness, have our voices heard, and our needs met can be challenging, and living a fulfilled life requires the ability to express oneself and feel validated and confident.

Being a parent of neurodivergent children led me to research extensively in this area and has given me a deep insight into the struggles and challenges they and their families can face throughout their whole school life. I understand how incredibly painful and frustrating this can be for families.

 I have experience working privately and within a special needs school, supporting learners with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have worked with young adults in managing the difficulties they encounter within the education system.

In my view, the key to success in therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist.  I believe trust needs to be built in a safe, empathic, non-judgmental environment. The wide range of my training and experience has allowed me to apply multiple approaches and modalities. I believe that everyone can be fulfilled and motivated in their lives. 

Taking that first step can be difficult, but I will be there to support you in making positive changes.

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Children and Adolescent Services


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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Private, Confidential with a "whole family" approach

We are a private and confidential service in a unique calming environment, we encourage clients to express their feelings freely. We believe a whole family approach is vital in understanding the ‘issues'. We work in conjunction with all invested parties and provide practical guidance in developing self-management skills that support both physical and emotional well-being. There is nothing we have not heard before nor coped with.


Advisory Service on CAMHS & Substance Misuse

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are services that support young people with their mental health. Sourcing local support for drug and alcohol misuse.

Referring your child to CAMHS can be daunting. We are here to help and support you and your family understand what lies ahead. Admitting you have a substance problem can be a lonely path, we are here to guide you in finding the right support that suits you.

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Boarding School Isolation

Private, Confidential & Culturally Aware

We understand what it is like trying to adjust to a new culture and educational system. Managing school structures, cultural differences, language and expectations can be very confusing and lonely. We can support and guide in developing skills that will help you in understanding these differences.

Rock Balancing


Private and Confidential

'Cathy has provided a safe space and an independent ear for my daughter and helped her to slowly explore and learn how to mentally live in a very challenging world. I would wholeheartedly recommend her counselling which has been invaluable and we very much appreciate it’ 

Adult Services


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Adult Mental Health

Private and Confidential

My work often focuses on helping people who find themselves stuck in unhelpful patterns of behaviour and who are struggling with things such as relationship issues, workplace problems, self-esteem, confidence, trauma or bereavement. Therapy helps to reduce emotional suffering, supports change, and promotes personal growth. 

Rock Balancing


Private and Confidential

‘My sessions at SLCC came at a fairly critical point in my life and I’m pleased to say have helped me enormously. She’s made difficult topics easier to navigate by adding clarity and focus which is just what I needed! Through Cathy’s help, it’s now possible for me to have a happier and healthier approach to family situations.‘

Rock Balancing


Private and Confidential

‘Words truly cannot describe how grateful I am to have had your support and guidance through this ever so steep learning curve. When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.'

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