Hi! I’m Joanne, I’m from Derry/L’Derry in Northern Ireland and I’m a wife and mother of two boys.
I stopped drinking in December 2018 and it has been the best decision I have ever made! I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for many years and alcohol wasn’t helping.
Hangovers became four days of dreadful anxiety (aka hangxiety) especially after a big night out. I was never a just one or two, take it or leave it kinda girl. I was a binge drinker who was also taking antidepressants…the two don’t mix!
I never drank for the taste, I drank to get drunk! I love quotes and one which always clicked with me – ‘Nothing changes if nothing changes’ got me thinking.
I’m an all or nothing person and as I’ve never seen the point in just one or two, I decided sobriety was the only way for me.
During this time I have completed various training courses including counselling skills, mental health first aid, motivational interviewing skills and I am a certified life and recovery coach specialising in helping individuals change their relationship with alcohol.
Expertise and certifications
Joanne is a Certified Person Centred Life Coach and an accredited member of the Association for Coaching. She is also a Certified Professional Recovery Coach with the Net Institute (Center for Addiction and Recovery Education) and a Level 2 EFT Practitioner. She also has completed training in Motivational Interviewing Skills, Counselling Skills and she is a Mental Health First Aider.
I recently underwent some EFT sessions with Joanne and I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a very kind , gentle and therapeutic experience. Joanne’s patience and guidance allowed me to feel safe enough to delve into some areas in my life where I felt stuck and triggered. I have tried talk therapy before and often found it too overwhelming, but something about the tapping method of EFT enabled me to feel grounded while I talked and I definitely felt something move and shift during and after the session. I’m looking forward to exploring this further and I felt that Joanne really helped to lead me through the process and prepared me for what I might experience afterwards.
I have been having coaching sessions with Joanne every two weeks. I have seen a definite improvement in myself worth as my drinking was getting out of control I reached out to Joanne after listening to her on Radio Ulster. One of the best decisions I have made . I feel in a very safe environment with Joanne and there is no judgement whatsoever . My long-term goal is to give alcohol and I have some way to go on this, at the moment I am more self-aware and my drinking has decreased significantly.. A bit of a journey to go but from the support and guidance of Joanne I know I will and determined to get there . I highly recommend Joanne on your AF journey a delight to do coaching with her and looking forward to continuing my journey with her
I attribute an entire year of sobriety to Joanne and her coaching. I can hand on heart say she got me here, and had it not been for her support (and honestly regarding her own journey) in the early days I would have no doubt returned to the world of grey area drinking, outwardly pretending to be proud of 2/3 months without alcohol, but actually disappointed and ashamed in myself for another failed attempt. She made me accountable, knowledgeable and equipped for whatever life threw at me, which previously would have sent me straight to the wine rack! I was prepared for the planned challenges, and able to count on myself for the unplanned ones. I couldn’t have done it without her. Joanne is a safe space to let it all out, then help you find your way back. I will be forever indebted.
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