Jo Groves Registered MBACP. Adults/Young People in Exeter & Exmouth
My name is Jo and I am a fully qualified Counsellor working with Adults and Young People in Exeter and Exmouth, Devon.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and a Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and you will find me on the BACP register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
My training as an Integrative Counsellor means I am able to work in a variety of ways. This means I am really able to work with you and tailor our sessions together to work in a way that really suits you. You may just want to talk, and feel most comfortable with this, or you may want to work more creatively and find it easier to articulate yourself using art, or drawing or Sand-tray. My philosophy is rooted in Person Centred practice, but I work with T.A. Gestalt, Mindfulness or Psycho-Dynamic if I feel they are right for you.
My aim as your Counsellor is to work with you relationally. I believe it is your unique subjective experience that is central to our work together whatever approach I use.
I believe the Counselling process should work around valuing your individuality.
As a Humanistic Therapist I believe we all have the capacity to be the best we can be, and that ultimately we all want to move towards being happy and fulfilled.
Central to my philosophy is the importance of the relationship between the Client and the Counsellor. My aim is to provide you a safe, confidential space in which you can explore how you experience your world.
As a Counsellor I am trained to help you become more aware of how patterns, themes or experiences in your life may be affecting your current situation. My aim is to help you find a new path forward, encouraging you to consider new perspectives and find a way that works more positively for you.
Counselling can be very challenging, and at times we may work with more difficult or deep rooted issues. My approach is to be there for you, offering you support and guidance, and encouraging you to find ways to take care of yourself and promote your own well-being.
My goal as your Counsellor, ultimately, is to help you reach a place where you feel able to move forward in your life, without me, feeling you know yourself better, and are better for the changes you may have made.
I work with a whole spectrum of life issues, including, but not limited to;
-Child and Teenage related issues
-Redundancy/ Life changes
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here - www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership
Training, qualifications & experience
-Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
-Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
-Certificate in Counselling
-Effectively Supporting Grieving Children and Young People
-Effectively Supporting Grieving Young Adults
-Transactional Analysis 101
-Working with Adults who Misuse Alcohol
-Counselling with a Risk of Suicide
-Working with Eating Disorders
-Working with LGBT identified clients
-Young Devon; Young Peoples Mental Health
I am both Professionally trained and insured. I am also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such, am required to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
I am also committed to my Continual Professional Development, and attend further training regularly to keep me up to date and working to the highest professional standard.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Our introductory session is an hour in length. This session will be an opportunity for you to get to discuss with me what you would like to achieve from Counselling, for me to introduce myself, and for you to decide if you feel I am the right Counsellor for you. I offer the initial consultation at 50% my usual fees.
Unless otherwise agreed, our session time will be for one hour in duration. I am happy to work with you for a longer period, if this were your preference. Although it is usual for clients to attend Counselling on a weekly basis, if this is not achievable for you we can arrange fortnightly appointments, or twice weekly. For our time together to truly benefit you it has to be manageable to suit your lifestyle and time commitments, and I am flexible.
COST; I charge 35.00 for the hour as my standard charge. This is payable at the end of each session.
For Children and Adolescents I usually hold 45 minute sessions, although this can be changed if agreed. Again, this can be a flexible arrangement, and is based on meeting the needs of the Young Person, so if they would like to attend more, or less often, this will be in their control.
COST; I charge 30.00 for the 45 minute session as my standard charge. This is payable at the end of each session.
*Reduced Rate; I am able to offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate. If you would like to be considered for this please do not hesitate to ask, and I will let you know if this is a possibility, or ask if you would like to be added to the waiting list.*
Although I work predominantly from Studio One in Exeter, I am able to rent a room privately in Exmouth if this would be a more desirable location for you to see me from. This can be discussed when we arrange out initial appointment, and I can give you further details if this were to be your preference.
*A note on accessibility*
Unfortunately Studio One is on the lower ground of Argyle House, and is therefore not accessible by wheelchair. The location I am able to work from in Exmouth does however allow for wheelchair access. If this is still an issue, I am happy to discuss alternative solutions to where we meet, to meet your needs, as I believe Counselling should be attainable for everybody.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday 09.00-20.00 Saturday 09.00-16.00
Types of client