Johanna Walton MBACP (Registered)
Hello I'm Jo,a qualified Integrative Counsellor experienced in working with adults,children and teenagers. Counselling really can be a great benefit to most people, everybody needs help with something at some stage in their life, and there can be times when we may need to address problems and issues that cause us emotional distress, or lead us to feel overwhelmed.
"Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known into the unknown" (George Shinn).
Often that first step to seeking counselling can be a difficult one to take. It can feel a little like stepping into the unknown but many of the clients I have worked with report that it has impacted positively on their lives through gaining a greater sense of self awareness and understanding of themselves and others. Self- growth and positive change can lead to a more fulfilling and productive life.
When life challenges us in some way feelings of anxiety, confusion, anger, insecurity and depression are all natural responses to these challenges. They are efficient warning signs that get our attention by disrupting our lives, making us feel unsettled and insecure. We may choose to ignore the warning signs and push them to the back of our minds - in the hope that they will 'go away' - sadly, they don't. Alternatively, we can acknowledge them by trying to understand and make sense of the feelings, thoughts & behaviours that are unsettling our lives. My belief is that everyone is unique, and so everyone copes with these life’s challenges differently. The coping mechanisms and defences we adopt are learned, as a survival strategy, through our differing childhood experiences. Most will be effective and will adapt to our present challenges, whilst others may become powerful defences, a bit like a protective wall that we build up around ourselves. Counselling can help you understand how you cope and look after yourself during troubled times and help you make sense of why you feel the way you do and my belief is that;
Self-awareness always brings with it the option of change.
As an Integrative therapist this means that I draw on several theoretical models of counselling and psychotherapy to work flexibly with clients and adapt my approach to best suit you. I like to work creatively with clients and use a variety of techniques which can often help clients find a form of self- expression beyond words and help lead to personal growth.
The counselling relationship is very important to me, and my aim is to offer you a confidential, warm and supportive environment in which to explore your personal difficulties. I will tailor my training and skills to meet your personal counselling needs, supporting you to safely explore your emotions, feelings and thoughts in a safe non-judgemental trusting environment. I will work with you at your own pace to enable you to make sense of the difficulties you are facing, and empower you to discover your own solutions and exercise your own choices.
The initial assessment session will provide an opportunity to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing and I will ask questions to get a fuller understanding of your situation. This initial meeting will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions about counselling and the way I work, and decide if I am someone you want to work with, and for me to decide if I am the best person to help you.
If we decide that we can work together then we can determine the focus of our work, and arrange a regular time to meet and decide whether this will be short term or longer term.
COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Counselling children and young people differs from counselling adults, and will depend on the child’s age, specific difficulties and their development. Children communicate differently and so the therapy for them needs to be different than therapy for adults. Different methods need to be used to encourage young children to be able to express their difficulties, such as play, art and storytelling. Play is a part of every normal childhood, and is a normal form of communication for youngsters. The parts of the brain involved in creative activities like drawing, storytelling and play, are directly linked to their emotions and so may help children express themselves, and connect with how they are feeling. These methods can all help in gaining insight into the unconscious mind of the child.
Older children may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both, and my counselling approach will depend on the particular child. Although I may use different methods for counselling children, the aim of counselling for both children and adults is ultimately the same; to help the individual cope better with their emotions and feelings. Counselling for children and young people can help with:
- Anxiety and Worries
- Bereavement and Loss
- Friendship Difficulties and Family Relationships
- Low Confidence and Self Esteem
- Anger and Aggression
- Eating Disorders
- Self Harm/Self Injury
- Emotional Problems
- Behavioural Problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling.
- Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
- Member of British Association of Counsellors &Psychotherapists (Registered) working within their Ethical Framework and Good Practice Guidelines.
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency.
- Fully DBS (CRB) checked and hold current Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance.
- Regularly attend Clinical Supervision to monitor my professionalism, ethics and values.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I managed a range of services in the areas of Housing and Social Services and have knowledge and experience of working with older people and adults with physical and learning disabilities. I have always enjoyed working with people from a diverse background and I have always been committed to providing client centred services.
Since qualifying as a counsellor I have completed specialist training and undertaken counselling work in an organisation specialising in the provision of services for adults, children and young people who have experienced rape or sexual abuse, and I have project managed the extension of an existing rape and sexual abuse counselling service. I have also worked as a counsellor in a charitable organisation working with a wide range of difficulties presented by clients, some of which include stress, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, eating disorders, and work related stress.
I have worked as a volunteer school based counsellor for Place 2 Be working with children between the ages of 4 and 11, in addition to working therapeutically in my private practice with teenagers, and I am currently employed as a counsellor, working with adults in Primary Care Mental Health services.
I am committed to my ongoing professional development as a counsellor and frequently attend courses to enhance my work with clients. Some of the courses I've completed are;
- Counselling Adults Sexually Abused in Childhood
- Eating Disorders in Today’s Society
- Working With Borderline Personality Disordered Clients
- Role of Attachment in the Therapeutic Relationship
- Working with Self Harm/Self Injury
- Working Creatively With Clients
- Anger and Anger Management Workshop
- Couples Counselling Workshop
- Developing Intuition, Imagination and Insight
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- Creative Art and Play Therapy Techniques
- The Essentials of Child Centred Play Therapy
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Awareness Course
- Children's Emotional Wellbeing
- Working with Metaphor with Children
- Attachment theory and Self Awareness in the Counsellor when working with children
- Working with Sand Play
- Transactional Analysis influenced Personal Development Course
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Rape and Sexual Abuse
Counselling Children and Young People
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Initial Assessment charge is £25
Individual Session (50 min) - £40
Concessions available for low income earners, proof of income required at initial assessment.
24 hour notice of cancellation is required otherwise session will be charged for.
Every effort will be made to accommodate you should you have difficulties in making your appointments, but late arrival will mean a reduced session time.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|