Jo Couling MA, MBACP(Sen. Accred)
01386 852507 / 07759 661276
I am a BACP Senior Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 28 years experience of working with both couples and individuals. Counselling sessions are available in a peaceful location near Evesham, with easy access to Broadway, Pershore and Alcester. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
Counselling for Individuals
Individuals come with a whole range of issues ranging from work related stress, depression and anxiety to bereavement and loss. Sometimes they may be struggling with unresolved childhood and family issues that they need to explore and understand before they can put them to rest.
Counselling for couples
I specialise in working with couples, having trained with Relate both as a counsellor and supervisor.
Couples come with many issues including:
- coping with separation or divorce
- rebuilding trust following an affair
- communication problems
- sexual difficulties
The immediacy of being able to observe at first hand the interaction of a couple is very helpful. They may be very supportive of each other or sometimes blaming each other for their problems. It can be very rewarding to help them discover more effective ways of talking to each other so that they can feel properly heard and begin to communicate in a new way.
I understand how difficult it can be to take that first step to begin counselling, but counselling can help us to explore situations that do not serve us and to reflect on how we can make the changes that we would like to make, within the limits of our particular situation.
I see the quality of the relationship I offer to my clients as being the cornerstone of the service I offer. My hope is that my clients feel truly heard and supported as they struggle with the many and varied issues they bring to me.
The initial session takes the form of an assessment in which I discuss with the client whether we can work usefully together. If this is not possible, I will discuss alternative sources of support for the client's particular situation. During this initial session, I will also talk to the client about confidentiality and the exceptions to this.
I have a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling from the University of Durham and also hold the Relate Certificate in Couples Counselling. I have worked for many years with Relate both as a counsellor and supervisor. I have also spent nine years as Staff Counsellor at the University Hospital of Durham.
I now work in private practice in a peaceful location between Evesham and Broadway. Parking is available on the drive.
I hold a current Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Jo was very welcoming, easy to talk to and enable me to find peace in my life through discussing past issues that troubled me.
You listened to me so that it became easier to talk openly about things that I have never before discussed.
Each session gave me strategies that I could use on a day to day basis to help me gain confidence.
CURRENT AVAILABLE APPOINTMENTS (Updated 28.09.16)
Tuesday 4th October 6.15pm, 7.30pm
Wednesday 5th October 6.15pm, 7.30pm
Tuesday 11th October 11am, 3pm, 6.15pm, 7.30pm
Wednesday 12th October 11am, 3pm, 6.15pm, 7.30pm
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Counsellor and Senior Registered Practitioner
BACP Accredited Supervisor
MA (Ed) Guidance and Counselling
Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate)
UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes a carer will need to discover new resources to cope with the illness of a loved one and may need a safe place to offload feelings of exhaustion and frustration. They may be feeling guilty at not being able to meet all the needs of another person and having to consider respite care in order to cope.
In other cases,a clients may be trying to come to terms with the diagnosis of a serious illness themselves. This can be very frightening and hard to talk to family members who are also anxious and upset. It can feel a huge relief to be able to express feelings to someone who is not part of this.
Fees are £45 for individuals and £55 for couples. Fortnightly sessions are available for clients who are unable to afford weekly sessions. Sessions last for fifty minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Current available appointments are listed below. Please get in touch to discuss alternative times if you are unable to make the ones listed.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I trained as a Relate Supervisor in 1999 and have been working as a supervisor at Relate and more recently in private practice since that time.View supervision profile