Jouko Koecher, MA (Oxon), MSc, MBACP, MUPCA (Accred), UKCP registered
07574 177 577
I am a qualified psychotherapist and can offer you a safe space to explore anything you may wish to talk about. I work on weekends only and my fee is £50 per individual session / 60 minutes, or £75 for couples / 90 minutes. The room I use is located near the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
An initial meeting can give us a chance to find out how we may be able to work together. We would decide this together, and we can also discuss other sources of help where applicable. This first meeting tends to be longer than a regular session (up to 90 minutes), as I usually have a greater number of questions that take up some of the time that is very much yours. You can find out more about this at www.talking.space
Before we meet, I prefer to have a brief conversation over the telephone, so that I can get some sense of what made you decide to seek psychotherapy. You don't have to share anything that you are not comfortable to talk about over the phone, but it would still be important that we talk, if only briefly.
In principle, I would be happy to work with you for any length of time; from a single session of solution-focussed brief therapy to open-ended long-term psychotherapy. Having said this, most individuals I have worked with seemed to derive some benefit after at least six sessions, on average.
Training, qualifications & experience
Although I had a longstanding interest in Psychology, I originally trained as an IT Specialist in software development and worked for an airline in Europe, helping to run some of their systems. I then studied Psychology and Physiology (Neuroscience) at Oxford, and went to work in mental health services after a brief stint in Systems Biology (the computational and mathematical modelling of complex biological systems).
Following my undergraduate degree, I completed a further four years of postgraduate training and study at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London, qualifying with a Master of Science degree in Psychology and Existential Psychotherapy, awarded by Middlesex University.
I have been working for NHS mental health services in the UK for over eight years now; first in a secure (forensic) setting, and thereafter in various psychological services settings, working primarily with older people, but also with adults of any age in chronic pain and prison inreach services.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest and am trained in existential psychotherapy, which aims to help individuals to:
- take stock of their situation, their values and beliefs;
- successfully negotiate and come to terms with past, present and future crises;
- become more truthful with themselves;
- widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them;
- find clarity on what their purpose in life is and how they can learn from the past to create something valuable and meaningful to live for;
- understand themselves and others better and find ways of effectively being with others;
- make sense of the paradoxes, conflicts and dilemmas of their existence.
(Adapted excerpt from Professor Emmy van Deurzen's chapter on Existential Therapy in Dryden's Handbook of Individual Therapy, 2006.)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
My fee per hour of individual psychotherapy on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is £50, and £75 for couples (90 minutes). My fee for an initial meeting, which is often referred to as an 'assessment', is also £50 but may last up to 90 minutes as I usually have a greater number of questions, which tend to take up some of the time that is very much yours.
The room I use is located near the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, no further than a 15-minute walk from Canterbury East railway station. You will receive further directions, if and when you decide to meet for your first session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, between 12 midday and 7 p.m. - all weekend appointments are 60 minutes.
Types of client