Jo Mildenhall MA MBACP
The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre
23 Bath Road
I am a counsellor and I work with a wide range of difficult life experiences such as anxiety and depression, bullying, workplace issues and stress.
In particular, I specialise in traumatic experiences; life events that come out of the blue such as a health problem, an incident or accident, which can impact upon us, perhaps ‘shattering’ our lives, leaving us unsure of who we are, or question how on earth we are going to pick up the pieces. Perhaps you are close to someone who has experienced a traumatic event and are feeling the effects of it through them, or perhaps you are an emergency services, health or other public service worker who has experienced a traumatic incident(s) at work. With almost twenty years' working as a paramedic, I understand the unique experiences that emergency services and healthcare work can bring.
The stresses of life and modern living can sometimes be difficult to cope with, and talking to friends, family and/or work colleagues may not always be enough, or they may not quite ‘get’ what we are on about or how we really feel. Talking through experiences however, can help. Most people find it helpful to talk with someone who listens and doesn’t judge us especially when we feel vulnerable and/or it may be difficult to cope with a traumatic incident or life experience.
Counselling is a way of helping you to gain understanding and insight to make sense of a situation or experience, and it is a place where you can safely say what you need to and be heard without judgement. Counselling can also help you to develop emotional resilience and coping strategies so that you may live your life more satisfyingly.
As a qualified counselling therapist, I offer to work with you on a one-to-one basis in a confidential environment. We will work together in a way that best suits you and the experiences that you want to talk about. To bring insight into what has been happening, we may look at your thoughts and feelings and how you have previously perceived life events, how you interact with the world and relate with people. We can look at why you may be experiencing distress following a trauma and make sense of it by referring to understanding how trauma can impact upon the brain, the mind and the body. Using all this information, we can work together to look at personal resources such as coping strategies and maximise how they work for you; thus helping to manage distress.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Trauma Psychology, specialising in the psychological impact of disaster and emergency work, psychological/ emotional resilience, post-traumatic growth and employee wellbeing amongst the paramedic profession.
- MA Trauma Psychology - specialising in the psychological impact of disaster & emergency services work, acute stress, distress, PTSD, resilience and post-traumatic growth.
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (MBACP)
- Member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society
- Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
I have experience of working therapeutically with both adults and young people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Emergency services
- Health and medical workers
£40 for a 50 minute individual session.
Free parking is available at the Centre, or alternative parking can be found at Prospect Place, Swindon.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client