Jo Allen BSc MBACP (Accred) Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Hi, my name is Jo. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and accredited member of the BACP. I have been practising since 2015, and set up my private practise in 2017. Before I became a therapist, I worked in childcare and Early Years settings for 10 years which gave me the understanding of the importance of early attachments, and human development. Becoming a therapist has now enabled me to understand how this can shape the adults we become.
What I Offer
I work in private practise in Spondon, offering safe and professional support to individuals over 18 years of age. I offer short term counselling and long term psychotherapy depending on your needs. I work weekdays 10am-7pm, please get in touch to discuss availability of sessions.
Please see below for the issues that I can help with. Although I work with common issues such as anxiety, stress and relationship problems, I hold a special interest in working with clients who have chronic illnesses such as CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I also explore Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), processing traumatic memories, and exploring how they impact our physical and emotional wellbeing as adults.
I also offer workshops for professionals on working therapeutically with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. These are currently on hold due to Government restrictions on gatherings, but I am holding a waiting list, so if you are interested please get in touch.
I am able to offer counselling via Zoom or telephone. This might be helpful if you are self-isolating. Please get in touch for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, and gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I gained my BACP accreditation in 2019.
I hold an enhanced DBS, and professional indemnity insurance. I adhere to the BACP's code of ethics, and attend monthly clinical supervision to ensure this. I am registered with the ICO in line with GDPR requirements.
- Making Trauma Therapy Safer with Babette Rothschild.
- Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy.
- Training on self harm, identity and self-esteem.
- The Embodied Relationship with Dr David Tune.
- Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation.
- NCFE level 2 in Mental Health Awareness.
- Inner child work
- Working with Grief and Loss
- Working with ASD
- Introduction to ACT
- Working with Shame.
- Gambling Awareness
- Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
- Dealing with distress: Working with suicide and self-harm
- A study in Trauma and Somatic memory.
- Covid-19 Awareness training.
I have experience of working in private practise and volunteering for a charity offering low cost counselling in the inner city. Here, I saw clients presenting with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma including complex PTSD, and more.
I have a special interest in illnesses such as CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia and the link between physical and mental health. I explore with clients the impact of receiving a diagnosis, the grief of life before an illness and look at how to adjust to a new way of life post-diagnosis.
I also have experience of working with various Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providers, offering short-term therapy to employees of different companies with personal problems and/or work-related problems that may impact their job performance, health, and mental and emotional well-being. I have provided this by telephone and in person.
As part of my training, I also attended extensive personal therapy. I feel this gives me the understanding of what it is like to be a client, and of what a challenging but rewarding journey therapy can be.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Physical symptoms that have no medical explanation.
- Childhood issues and Inner Child work
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic health issues
- Guilt and shame
- Sexual identity
- PTSD/Complex PTSD, including flashbacks and nightmares.
Where to Start
Initially, I offer a FREE short phone call of up to 15 minutes to assess what you may be bringing to therapy, and whether therapy is the right option for you. Following this, we would arrange an initial consultation that is at a mutually convenient time. If we feel happy to work together, we would then arrange a regular weekly appointment.
Initial consultations are £50 and take an hour. All subsequent sessions are also 60 minutes long, and are charged at £50. I require 48 hours notice for cancellations, and I reserve the right to charge for missed appointments. I accept payment in cash or via BACS (paid in advance of session). Fees are reviewed annually in April.
Want to know more?
If you have any queries about counselling in general, or require further information about my practise, please do not hesitate to contact me.
My practise has free off and on road parking and is on bus routes from Derby and Nottingham. I have good transport links for M1, A52, and A50.
I believe that change is often what motivates us to access therapy. We may want to change our quality of life, or one aspect of it, which could mean addressing our thoughts, feelings and behaviours; or have had change thrust upon us and are struggling to adapt to our new situation, (e.g. a bereavement or relationship breakdown) . We tend to form patterns of behaviour during our lifetimes that can be useful initially, but may no longer serve us as time goes on. Identifying and understanding those patterns helps us to change them.
Change takes place in a safe and supportive space and I ensure that I provide this in order for the trust and therapeutic relationship to grow. We will work at a pace that feels right for you. We will review our work together regularly to ensure that we are working in the most effective way possible. There is no time-limit on how long you can attend therapy, so we will continue working together for as long as you need.
Sometimes, people come to therapy not quite knowing what has brought them, but perhaps feeling that they would like someone to talk things through with. This may require us to explore past and present experiences to build a picture of what might be going on.
My area of interest is working with the impact of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), Fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses. I work holistically with the physical and emotional impact of these conditions and aid clients to adjust to life after being diagnosed.
Please visit my website for further information. I also have a video of my practise room on my Facebook and Twitter pages (see Contact details).
"Jo made me feel at ease and I quickly felt able to share my anxieties, personal and work related stress with her. With her support I've been able to work through some complex issues and start to build a new life. I feel optimistic about the future now and have learned strategies to support myself when challenges arise. I cannot recommend Jo highly enough, she helped me find myself again and although I hope to not need her again, I will miss talking with her very much. Thank you".
"I felt comfortable as soon as Jo opened the door and I saw her smile. I only wanted a limited number of sessions and knew what I wanted to work on. Jo was able to do this and brought new insight into how my childhood impacted how I feel as an adult".
"Jo was a very good listener and I felt she was really easy to talk to. Counselling helped me to release the build up of frustration by speaking openly".
"Jo has been nothing short of outstanding in all my time working with her. I can honestly say she is one of the main reasons I feel like the person I am today & the person I want to be. Thank you."
"Very lovely environment, calm and relaxing. Jo never made me feel rushed or insignificant. I believe I've thoroughly benefited from counselling - Thank you very much!"
"Excellent facilitation of my personal journey using creative techniques to help me understand myself better and develop. Thanks for helping me regain my sparkle :)".