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Here for you

Joanna Satula-McGirr

MA Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, BA English, Teaching Qualifications

  • Psychologist
  • Integrative Counsellor/ Psychotherapist, Trainer
  • Counselling Supervisor
  • Accredited Member of BACP
  • UKRCP Registered Individual Practitioner
  • Member of British Psychological Society

Joanna Satula-McGirr

I am a psychologist, counsellor and psychotherapist working with adults, children and adolescents. I specialise in working with clients with depression, low self esteem, anxieties and phobias and stress.

I work also with people looking for support and counselling in dealing with change of life situation for example loosing work, relationship break-up, adjusting to living in a different country, sudden illness, death of a relative and many other.

I initially graduated in psychology at Jagiellonian University, however I wanted to work with individuals on a more profound level. That's why I decided undertake Post Graduate Counselling Diploma at Strathclyde University, then four years post graduate course in psychotherapy.

Since 2001 I have been working as a counsellor and therapist in various settings: at Association for Mental Health, Scottish NHS, in schools and in Private practice. At present I work in private practice in Kraków, Poland and as an EAP counsellor. I provide face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy in Kraków, and skype sessions, when face-to-face is not possible.

On a personal level I am married with two young children. After having lived and worked as a therapist in Scotland for twelve years, I have relocated to Kraków three years ago. The moves, to Scotland first and then to Kraków, gave me the experience of how difficult transition can be. I hope my experience and continuous training will help me to help you.


I work with individuals, couples, children and adolescents and offer both short-term and long-term contracts. I have experience of working in the following settings:

  • Stirling and District Association for Mental Health
  • Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health
  • Strathclyde University, Counselling Unit
  • Stirling University
  • Child and Adolescents Mental Health Service, NHS Forth Valley
  • Youth Counselling Service, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Affiliate for various Employee Assistance Programmes- counselling for adults
  • Busy Private Practice

Training and Qualifications

  • MA Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP Accr Course), Strathclyde University
  • Counselling Supervision (COSCA Accr.), Edinburgh University- in progress
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Counselling in Secondary Schools
  • Consolidating Counselling Skills: Responding to Trauma

Contact Us

To arrange a telephone consultation or to book your first appointment, please call us on: 508 895 880

When you know something is not right with yourself, whether it be physical pain or emotional unrest, it should not be put to the back of your head, where slowly it can eat away at you. Over time I let this happen, hiding physical pain and emotional sadness for the sake of others, therefore forgetting about my own life and happiness. I would plod along going from day to day, as if life was a production line.

Having lost family members in the past 2 years, undergoing a serious operation, fearing redundancy and breaking up with a long term partner, I felt like my head was like a volcano, a volcano that would not release pressure...

Nothing made me happy nor sad, distancing myself from loved ones and having no interest in the things I used to enjoy. Unsure how to proceed, a family member suggested I see a counsellor. Very reluctant to do so, 'why would I need to see anyone?' I took out the yellow pages, and emailed Joanna first. This made the initial contact very easy. Then a call to arrange a meeting, I had no need to be so reluctant.

I met with Joanna in a very friendly private atmosphere, where she diagnosed me with depression. We talked and after every visit a felt more of a weight lifting off my head, the volcano was starting to release pressure. And over time I learnt how to deal with how I was feeling and have the strength to ask myself the questions 'what I needed, and what I wanted?'.  I now have my life back on track, back with my partner and have no worries with what the future brings. With the help of Joanna I am happier than ever, as I said to her you 'fixed me'.

C.W. (Reactive Depression)