Joanne Brooks - Psycotherapist (BA Hons, MSc, CTA) UKCP & UKATA Reg
My name is Jo and I'm a qualified and experienced psychotherapist working in Shropshire. I work with a diverse range of issues with people from all backgrounds on a short, medium or long term basis depending on need. I use a variety of techniques and models – my specialism is Transactional Analysis.
I am certified as a Transactional Analyst in the field of psychotherapy (CTA – P). In addition, I hold an honours degree in Transactional Analysis Counselling (BA Hons) and a Masters degree (MSc) in the field of Psychotherapy. I am a member of a number of professional bodies.
As a psychotherapist, I offer effective therapy for a wide range of issues in a professional and confidential setting. There are lots of therapists out there, and each one has a unique style. Mine is to focus on positive changes my clients can make to feel better now. While the past may give us some helpful insights creating opportunity for greater awareness and understanding, I help my clients look optimistically to the future.
One to One Therapy:
“I am committed to working with a client to support them becoming who they truly are, to let go of difficulties and to move on. Building a relationship of trust and honesty is at the heart of my practice.”
As a Psychotherapist my work is based on Transactional Analysis, which addresses people’s reinforcing beliefs and behaviours. Together we will look at what has brought you into therapy, and explore your thoughts and feelings to help you gain insight to how past events, a problem in the present, or fears for the future may be affecting your daily living. Sometimes people just want to know more about themselves.
Many individuals who come into therapy are in a very vulnerable place and I advocate the importance of you feeling 'safe' and 'comfortable' within the therapeutic setting. This aspect is vital if therapy is to measured and successful. As our therapeutic relationship grows and strengthens, we jointly begin to understand how you perceive your situation, what you want to change about it and what is holding you back. Therapy can help you make permanent changes in your life and to your emotional growth and well-being. This is because therapy is about offering a supported environment, as well as a new relationship - where you can learn to do things differently, learn to take control of your life, learn to be different, whilst also understanding yourself and others better.
As each individual or couple that I see is different, I tailor my work to your individual needs.
“Communication is to a relationship what breathing is to sustaining life”
Sometimes couples have experienced a loss of connection and vitality in their relationship, or over time feel that they have grown apart. It can feel that a relationship ricochets from one argument to another, or that there seem to be patterns that are hard to change.
I believe that change is a natural part of growth in individuals and couples. Meeting in a safe space, learning new skills together and finding new ways of communicating can release couples from new or recurring difficulties.
Because TA looks at how we relate to each other and how this relates to the past it is has proved to be an extremely effective way of working with couples and groups.
"Through personal growth, letting go of old patterns and taking responsibility for the Self, through truly listening and accepting the Other, two individuals can learn new ways to love each other and enjoy their lives Together."
'The support of a therapy group with other people who have had similar experiences can be profoundly life changing and affirming.'
I run a regular monthly therapy group. Therapy group work is structured in an open way with what ever the members bring that month. Issues can be explored and shared with like-minded individuals in a safe and confidential setting. Changes can be celebrated with other people who understand! I share TA tools and other therapeutic skills to enhance communication and provide a common language as well as empowering participants to make lasting changes in their own lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
My lens on the world is wide. I enjoyed a very successful career in the Armed Forces as a Military Policewoman before life-events motivated me to retrain in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Coaching. I am 38 years old and I'm married with a young family. In my life I have experienced loss, separation, dramatic changes and am familiar with the many challenges life can throw at us and understand the complexities of today’s working person.
Transactional Analysis is the theory that underpins my work. It is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Eric Berne and is an easily understood language that helps people to make sense of their own and others' feelings, attitudes and behaviours. It also offers explanations as to how we continue to repeat patterns of behaviour that may be self-defeating. It is a wonderful technique for understanding how human beings work and why they relate to each other in certain ways.
It is a process that looks at how you feel about the past, what you learned from your environment and how you use this in the present in relationships and life in general. By separating out what works from what doesn't work, what belongs to the past and what belongs to the present it is possible for you to change your future. Using TA, I share effective therapeutic tools with clients to clarify thoughts, empower the self, explore feelings, support change and create a space for healing to occur.
The process of TA Therapy can be seen as comprising of three core change processes, which I seek to promote and facilitate. They are 1) decontamination 2) deconfusion 3) redecision.
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
I remain in-touch with ongoing training, research, present and future developments, and counselling/psychotherapy literature. I have regular monthly supervision and also attend regular training courses and workshops to keep my practice fresh and up to date.
My professional qualifications to date include:
- MSc Degree in Psychotherapy - (The Berne Institute of Psychotherapy / Middlesex Uni)
- BA (Hons) Degree - Humanistic Counselling - (Middlesex University)
- FDA Degree - Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis - (Winchester University)
- Transactional Analysis (TA) 101 Certificate
- Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Skills and Theory
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Adult Psychology Diploma
- Child Psychology Diploma
I am a member of UKCP. The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors and I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice containing the professional conduct procedure. I am also a member of UKATA and EATA.
What are the differences between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Opinions differ about the differences between counselling & psychotherapy but generally speaking counselling explores problems that have arisen recently in a person’s life, for example anxiety due to the threat of redundancy. These problems may respond well to a short-term treatment of 4-8 sessions.
Psychotherapy on the other hand tends to explore longer standing problems that have their roots in an earlier period of a person’s life so may need longer term, more in depth therapy to explore and resolve.
What are the differences between Counselling training and Psychotherapy training?
In terms of the training there are distinct differences between the two.
Counselling training is shorter, usually 2 years duration and need not require the trainee counsellor to engage in any personal therapy themselves. The trainee may also have no prior experience of mental health.
By contrast, Psychotherapy training is more in depth and is typically 7 years (plus) in duration. Trainee Psychotherapists are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of their training as this is considered essential and ethical for them to be able to work at a deeper relational/emotional level with clients. They are also required to undertake a mental health placement within their advanced training and be able to understanding psychiatric diagnosis in adult mental health.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
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One:One Therapy sessions: £50
Per 60 minute (1 hr) session.
One:One Therapy sessions from 7pm: £55
Per 60 minute (1 hr) session.
Couples Therapy sessions: £55
Per 85 minute session (1 hr & 15 mins).
Skype & Telephone: £45
Per 50 minute session.
Appointments are usually offered within 7-10 days and all appointments are subject to availability.
I work with families, individuals, couples and young people (16 plus). I also offer Skype for clients who aren't able to travel for face-to-face appointments.
I work from a private therapy room at a residential address. Unfortunately, I am unable to accommodate wheelchair users.
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
Please feel free to call and talk with me about how therapy could help in your situation.
I aim to respond to all calls and emails within 48 hours.
If you do not receive an email response from me within 48hrs please check your 'Junk' inbox.
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