Jo Ansell

Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1
07805 853387 07805 853387 Registered / Accredited

About me

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
  • Group-work
  • 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
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Divorce or relationship breakdown
  • Cancer and other life limiting illness
  • Miscarriage/baby-loss
  • 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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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.

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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

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information


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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

It is a short walk of about 20 metres from the car park to my room. There is one small step into the house and my room is quite small.


Weekday daytime and evening appointments available

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am a BACP accredited counsellor and trained as a supervisor with Cruse Bereavement Care.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Jo Ansell

Jo Ansell