Jo Ansell Counselling Service
I am accredited counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My particular expertise is in loss, bereavement and major life changes.
I am qualified to provide:
- Individual counselling
- Couples counselling
- Clinical supervision
- Training on bereavement issues
My counselling integrates a number of approaches, although my original training was person-centred, which means that I am able to adapt my approach to your needs.
Issues I can work with include:
- Bereavement and loss
- Redundancy, unemployment and other work related issues
- Coping with change
- Divorce or relationship breakdown
- Cancer and other life limiting illness
- Plus Relationships and General Counselling
Training, qualifications & experience
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Accreditation
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Bedford College
Diploma in Couples Counselling, Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education
Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Cruse Bereavement Care
Group Facilitation, Cruse Bereavement Care
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Certificate, North Herts College.
Counselling within a specialist organisation working with bereaved people
Counselling patients and families in a hospice
Counselling within a women's counselling service
General counselling in private practice
Specialist trainer in working with bereavement and life limiting illness
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular expertise in work around grief; bereavement, illness (including terminal and life-limiting illness) and major life losses/changes.
Our sessions will usually be held weekly, although this can vary depending on what you need, and last for one hour.
Individuals £40 per session
Couples £50 per session
Trainee counsellor personal therapy rate £30 per session
Concessionary rates are possible by negotiation
Counselling practitioners £40 per hour
Trainee counsellor supervision rate £30 per hour
I ask for 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel a session and not still be liable for the fee.
We may work together for a short while, or over a longer period, depending on your needs.
I work from a counselling room at my home in Stevenage where you will attend your sessions. However, I can make home visits if illness or disability prevent you from travelling to me.
Concessions offered for
I have full professional liability insurance for my work and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their code of ethics.
What we say in our sessions is confidential and will stay between us. The only exception is if you tell me something that leads me to think that there is danger of significant harm to you or someone else. Before we meet I will ask for the name of your GP and I would only contact your GP in this situation. If I needed to break our confidentiality in this way, I would always want to discuss it with you first.
All counsellors have their work supervised. When I meet with my supervisor I will discuss my own feelings and experiences during our work together and check that I am working with you in an appropriate way. However, I will not tell my supervisor your name or details which might identify you.