Jo Whelan PGDip wpf MBACP
I am a psychotherapist offering open ended and time limited (up to 16 sessions) solution focussed counselling. My training and experience gained over a number of years allows me to listen carefully and provide a space for you to bring and work through a wide variety of problems and concerns. I have an interest in Jungian analytical psychology and the Myers Briggs personality profile, which can help create a framework and understanding of our individual approaches in dealing with the experiences life brings.
"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness".
Experience shows me that sharing the narrative of your life in your own words within a safe and structured space is often the first step towards feeling better and making personal progress.
I work in Woking at 2 local therapeutic clinics.
Below are some of the common issues or difficulties people seek counselling for help with:
- Low mood
- Dealing with transitions, life changes and stages
- Loss and bereavement
- Depression (special interest)
- Post natal anxiety and/or depression
- Feelings of isolation or loneliness
- Problems with food
- Relationship problems
I work with adults offering weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Psychodynamic therapies place value on self exploration, and making links between what is happening internally and externally in our lives, and patterns that occur in our present circumstances which seem to repeat from our past. However I also feel that the exploration on personality types greatly enhances understanding of our place in the world, and can be an alternative to prescriptive diagnoses of mental health problems.
I have had training in cognitive therapy skills which I am able to use in my work.
If you are interested in reading more about psychodynamic therapies and evidence of their lasting therapeutic impact, please visit www.bpc.org.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a background in mental health settings where I worked in support and supervisory roles from 1998 onwards.
I completed my professional training and worked at wpf Therapy London, which is well established body recognised for its clinical and academic excellence.
Post graduate certificate in cbt skills. WPF Therapy London.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice. WPF Therapy, London.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. WPF Therapy, London.
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (Integrative) Levels 2 and 3. Guildford College.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to a strict code of ethics and values, and am fully insured.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural and family identity.
Students' issues; leaving home; transition to adulthood; positive independence.
Transitional life stages; marriage, becoming a parent, loss of a parent, mid life issues.
Spiritual or religious questions.
£40 for hour long assessment.
£38 for once weekly 50 minute session thereafter.
I offer a half hour mini taster session for £15. This is suitable for individuals with no prior experience of counselling or those who just want to get an idea of the set up.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability on Friday morning, Monday evening and Saturday morning.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|