Jo Watson BA Dip Psy (UKCP Registered Psychotherapist)
Jo Watson is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor, consultant and activist with a professional history in the rape crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 20+ years with people who have experienced trauma and adversity and has devised and delivered numerous training programmes for counsellors and psychotherapists, mental health workers, teachers and other professionals who work with people in a therapeutic or support context.
Jo actively challenges the biomedical model both inside and outside of her work and links emotional distress to psycho-social causes.
Jo believes that psychiatric ‘diagnosis’ carries with it the message that there is something medically wrong with a person that needs to be fixed. She feels that the fact that there is no scientific validity to this claim needs to be widely exposed. Jo argues that psychiatric diagnosis all too often takes hope away from people by convincing them that they are ‘medically ill’ and that this in turn disconnects people from validating their own painful stories of adversity, trauma, attachment difficulties etc that are so often at the root of the distress.
Jo believes that information about the controversial nature of psychiatric diagnosis should be available and that people should be offered a range of trauma informed therapeutic options that will help them to make sense of their distress and find their way out of it.
Jo founded the Facebook group ‘Drop The Disorder!’ in September 2016. The group provides a space for people to discuss related issues and is collectively committed to challenging the disease model narrative of diagnosis and disorder and to implementing more positive responses to emotional distress.
Jo is an event with Lucy Johnstone and others “A Disorder For Everyone!” (AD4E) that challenges the traditional response to emotional distress and explores possible alternatives.
AD4E is presently making its way around the UK with upcoming dates in Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and Brighton.
Jo speaks and presents at local, national and international events on a variety of issues related to emotional distress, particularly around trauma and adversity and the challenging of the 'illness model'
Please see website for more details
I usually have a waiting list for psychotherapy and supervision but it does depend on your availability.
Training, qualifications & experience
-BA (hons) 1991
-Dip psychotherapy/hyp 1995
-Cert in therapeutic intervention for women overcoming experiences of violence 1999
-Post grad cert womens studies (wolverhampton uni 1999)
-Post grad cert in the training of counsellors (B-ham uni) 2004
-Post grad cert in the supervision of counsellors (B-ham uni) 2005
-Post grad cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Leicester uni) 2009
-Advanced cert in couples therapy 2014
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am critical of the biomedical model and the whole narrative of diagnosis
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Please see website for fees but note that I offer a sliding scale which is negotiable on the basis of clients/supervisee's ability to pay. I also offer pro-bono work to survivors who are not able to access therapeutic services.
I offer reduced supervision rates for counsellors who are in training or who are working on a voluntary basis for charitable organisations but these spaces are limited.
Other work includes:
-Speaking and presenting at events /conferences -Consultation for organisations -Blog & article writing
-Supervision for supervisors
-Professional development Groups
-Personal development Groups
-Training for organisations and colleges -Writing training for organisations
If you are interested in finding out more about what I offer please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to talk to you over the phone and if appropriate arrange an Initial appointment. ( Please note that sometimes there is a waiting list for appointments)
Please note that all boxes that counselling directory provides are ticked as I work with a person and whatever they bring. However i strongly disagree with this way of viewing emotional distress as explained above.
My joint article in BACP's therapy today also goes some way in explaining my position on this... (page 30)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Please veiw my website for info on supervision - thanks.View supervision profile