Jo Flint, Integrative Counsellor & Supervisor, MA, BSc(Hons)., DipSW., MBACP
I am an experienced and compassionate Integrative Counsellor and over the years I have worked with a diverse range of people in lots of different settings which has, I believe, helped me develop and enhance my Counselling skills and knowledge for the benefit of my clients. For example, before I trained as a Counsellor, I worked for many years as a Social Worker in the field of mental health, so I believe I bring a wealth of experience and understanding of these issues to my work now.
I offer a confidential and professional counselling and psychotherapy service from my private practice based near Axminster, East Devon, which is also easily accessible from Dorset and Somerset.
As an Integrative Counsellor I believe that there is no single counselling/therapy model that is effective for the range of life-crises and other issues that clients bring to counselling. The way I work draws on my training in a range of humanistic approaches which informs my thinking, and allows me to work in a way that is most appropriate to my clients' needs at any given time. Rather than attempting to "fix' you, I view my role as a facilitator, enabling you, the client, to explore and discover a creative and hopeful way forward. Central to the way I practice as a Counsellor, is my passionately held belief that it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship which develops between client and Counsellor that provides the space for the psychological and emotional healing to take place.
How Counselling can Help:
Counselling is a process which takes place within a two-way, supportive and collaborative relationship between client and counsellor. It can help you make sense of thoughts, feelings & circumstances which may be troubling you at present and preventing you from making full use of your potential. Current difficulties are often rooted in the past, so counselling may involve exploring past and present relationships which may be painful and challenging. However, by doing this in a supportive and safe way, this may increase your insight and understanding, and help you live your life in more fulfilling and hopeful ways.
Counselling with someone who does not judge you or tell you what to do is a process that enables you to talk through and explore your thoughts and feelings in depth, in a way which is often not possible with family or friends. I aim to provide a safe space to facilitate this therapeutic process, and to develop an honest, trusting relationship where you feel supported and listened to, which will enable you to understand and resolve your difficulties and dilemmas.
I work flexibly and can offer either short-term (4-6 sessions) or longer-term work, but will always be guided by what you, the client, feel you need.
I work privately from home and see clients in a comfortable, private room. There is ample, free parking adjacent to my house.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and as such, subscribe to the BACP Code of Ethics, which is their framework for good practice.
Over the years I have gained a wide experience of working with people of all ages and backgrounds within the NHS, Social Services, and the Charitable and Voluntary sector. Currently I practice within the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor at several East Devon GP medical practices, working with clients with a range of difficulties, as well as in my own private practice in my consulting room at my home address.
My academic and professional qualifications are:
- BSc (Hons)Psychology (University of Plymouth)
- Diploma in Social Work (University of Exeter)
- MA in Social Work Studies (University of Exeter)
- Post-Graduated Diploma in Mental Health Social Work (University of Bournemouth)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill Institute)
- Diploma in Supervision (Dartmoor Centre for Counselling)
I have also completed further post qualifying training , (which is ongoing) in:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Working with Trauma
Transactional Analysis 101
Person-Centred Counselling for Depression
The Boarding School Experience
Diploma in Supervision (Advanced Specialist Training National Counselling Society)
Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression
I am committed to my own on-going continuous professional development, and have regular professional supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- £45 per session for individuals
- £55 per session for couples
I am also able to offer some concessions to students and those who are unwaged or on a low income - please enquiry.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday 9 - 5
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a qualified Supervisor, I aim to work collaboratively with you and offer you the space to reflect on your counselling practice, facilitate your ongoing professional learning, growth and development, and support your professional and personal wellbeing for the benefit of your clients.View supervision profile