Joan Shearer



Joan is a humanistic therapist at Priory Hospital Glasgow with specific expertise in the person-centred approach and emotion-focused therapy, including emotion regulation and mindfulness practices. The humanistic approach offers a holistic way of working with mental health and emotional well-being and has a substantial research base for addressing a wide range of difficulties.


  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Glasgow (2009)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde (2010)
  • Advanced Professional Training in Emotion-focused therapy, University of Strathclyde (2011–2013)
  • BACP Accreditation, June 2015
  • MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Strathclyde, awarded 2015
  • Supervision Practice, University of Strathclyde (2016)

Research interests

Joan’s MSc dissertation was in the research field of the client factors which explores client’s views and experiences of therapy. This is an important and growing field of research in psychotherapy which supports:

(1) The development of new therapeutic methods based on client’s experiences of therapy and

(2) Increasing the professional knowledge base on matching individual clients to a specific therapeutic approach.

Joan researched clients’ views of how they participated in therapy and their personal attributes and beliefs that impacted their ability to make effective use of the therapy.

She has worked on a research project for Social Anxiety which developed a therapeutic approach for working with difficulties with social anxiety and relational trauma experiences. She has specialist training and experience in this area.


  • Counselling Supervisor
  • MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Strathclyde.
  • Registered & Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

I offer individuals the opportunity to explore and address their difficulties in a collaborative and constructive way; I offer support to each individual to allow them to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.