Jo Hopkins MBACP (accred.)
I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor working in Reading with people who wish to make lasting changes to their lives. You may be feeling anxious, depressed or very stressed. Perhaps you have relationship problems or have lost a loved one or your job. You may be feeling unhappy, but not know why... If so, the opportunity to talk confidentially to a counsellor may help.
I see adults for weekly sessions providing a safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and think about the difficulties you are facing. I believe the capacity to change lies within each person and the counselling process enables you to gain self-awareness so you can bring about the changes you desire and begin to live with a greater sense of freedom and fulfillment.
My practice is located in central Reading a 10 minute walk from the train station and on a main bus route between the centre of town and Caversham. There is free parking in the road where I work.
My approach to counselling
The psychodynamic approach focuses on helping you identify and understand negative patterns of relating and behaving so you can begin to find better ways of coping with life's difficulties.
The work involves making links between your present and past life, thinking about the way you relate to people and behave as a way of gaining insight into and control over your current circumstances. Only when you understand the origins of your distress, can you begin to make lasting changes to your life.
If you think counselling is for you, the next step is to get in touch. This can feel a bit daunting; it's not easy to admit you need some help. So, just give me a call and we can arrange to meet to discuss your needs and how I can help. If I don't answer immediately, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can. During the initial consultation I can answer your queries about counselling and explain how the process works. Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes.
You may be wondering how long therapy lasts...
The duration depends on what you are looking for, the nature of your difficulties and what you can afford. If you want to address a specific issue, we can work in a focused way towards a resolution which may take a few weeks or months. However, if your problems are more deep seated and have lasted a long time, it may take longer to resolve them and so an open-ended approach is preferable. In either case, we work towards a mutually agreed ending
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a PG diploma in counselling from the University of Reading. I have worked with students in a university counselling service and at a low-cost counselling agency. I worked with NHS patients for short-term therapy at the Berkshire Counselling Centre, Wokingham for two years. I currently work as a volunteer counsellor for Cancer Services at Basingstoke Hospital NHS Foundadtion Trust and have a private practice in central Reading.
I have a certificate in supervision from the Society for Analytical Psychology (SAP) and see trainee and qualified counsellors for individual and group supervision. I work as a supervisor at No5 Counselling an agency for children and young people in Reading.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
I charge £35 for the initial consultation which lasts 90 minutes. I charge £50 for the following weekly sessions which last 50 minutes. I offer a limited number of bursary places for people on low incomes, who are unemployed or training to be a counsellor.
I charge £50 for a 60 minute session and £75 for a 90 minute session.
I review my fees annually in September.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
I have a Certificate in Supervision from the Society for Analytical Psychology (SAP) and my core approach to supervision is psychodynamic. I work with qualified and trainee practitioners either in group supervision or individually. I work with therapists from a variety of counselling modalities: integrative, existential, gestalt, person-centred and psychodynamic with the aim of deepening the therapeutic relationship enabling the practitioner to work effectively and ethically with their clients.View supervision profile