Annabelle Joy

Annabelle Joy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (MBPS)
  • Dip Therapeutic Counselling (MBACP)
  • MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP)
  • CREDO trained in eating disorders


  • MBPS: British Psychological Society.
  • British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)


Annabelle is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based at our clinic in Oxford, she is also a qualified counsellor and psychologist.


Annabelle started her journey to becoming a psychotherapist in 2012 and has 5 years’ experience working with clients in the private sector and more recently in the NHS where she specialises in eating disorders with both teenagers and adults. She spent three years working with women at Oxford Women’s Counselling Centre who were experiencing a range of difficulties from trauma to anxiety and depression. Annabelle also spent eighteen months working with clients as they were starting their journey of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. 

Whilst working at NHS Oxford Health she has completed the CREDO training for eating disorders and has also been supervised while using MANTRA, which is a specific treatment for Anorexia Nervosa within the age group of 18 to 25 years old. Annabelle has a special interest in anxiety and how it underpins and maintains other disorders.

Interesting Facts 

Annabelle loves the outdoor life and has four dogs, two sheep, a feral cat, a rescue pony, and a horse. She has ridden all her life finding the focus and dedication to caring for a horse cathartic with their kind and gentle nature. She enjoys the connection with nature and spends early mornings walking her dogs and taking care of her garden finding this keeps her grounded and focused on her work as a therapist as it gives her time for reflection. 

As a mother of two daughters in their teens, Annabelle has a keen interest in how social media can affect mental health and how ironically something that is supposed to make the world a bigger place reduces it to a narrow focus. 

Outside of her therapy work for Oxford CBT she is developing a programme of teaching anxiety to teens for them to start to be able to understand and support themselves in a world where they are bombarded with information that is not easy to process. Annabelle holds a fundamental belief that if you help one person, they may help two and slowly we can all make a difference for people to have better mental health.


  • Excessive Worry or GAD – Adults and Teens
  • Social anxiety/panic disorder – Adults and teens 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Adults and teens 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Adults and teens 
  • Specific Phobias – Adults and teens 
  • Low Self-Esteem – Adults and Teens
  • Stress Management – Adults and Teens
  • Unhelpful habits (e.g. Self Criticism, perfectionism, procrastination) – Adults and Teens
  • Depression / SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – Adults and Teens
  • Sleep difficulties/insomnia – Adults and Teens
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – Adults and teens 
  • Addictions – Adults and Teens
  • Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa) – Adults and Teens.

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