Jo Baker - Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Hi, I am an approachable, warm, empathic counsellor and I specialise in supporting people at times of stress, change and with difficult feelings and conflict in relationships. Symptoms might include low mood/anxiety/panic or anger/irritation to name a few. I have also worked in the corporate world for 30 years so I have a lot of experience of the challenges and demands that people face in organisations. And in helping people cope and move forwards. Please keep reading to see the full range of issues I can help with.
Issues I work with:
I help people with both personal and professional issues.
Personal includes: stress/anxiety and panic, anger management, relationship difficulties, depression/low mood, low self confidence/self esteem, parenting issues, becoming parents/pregnancy, separation and divorce, as well as bereavement.
Professional includes: career coaching and leadership/people management coaching. I often help clients become more confident and influential at work and tackle difficult people/relationships/stressful situations.
People can hesitate about seeing a counsellor because they believe their problems are too small, or they are concerned that talking won't make a difference and that they should be able to sort out their difficulties themselves. Many people also quite understandably do not know what to expect from counselling and they hesitate to seek help because of this. It can feel daunting.
What Triggers People to Consider Counselling?
Knowing when we need help is a life skill but people come to counselling for different reasons. Sometimes their difficulties are triggered by a specific event e.g. redundancy, a relationship ending or bereavement. For others it may be on-going issues like depression or anxiety or ill health. It takes courage to face our problems and step into a counselling or coaching situation.
How I work
I have a brief telephone call with you to initiate contact and see if you feel I am an appropriate person to work with, before you start spending money. Whatever you bring, I work alongside you, helping you to create change. The biggest predictor of success is the relationship with your counsellor so feel free to have a look at my video on my website to get more of a sense of me and perhaps read some testimonials. Together, we develop a direction for the work or set some goals. As people start to feel more resourceful, they begin to make changes.
In short term work, (a few weeks or months), I may use more cognitive or behavioural techniques which you then may benefit from using yourself. Longer term work ( 6 months plus) may be more appropriate if your issues are deeper or if they have been present for a number of years.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor with 12 years experience and am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I work with their ethical framework. I trained at Metanoia which has an international reputation and I would describe my approach as integrative. This means I draw on many approaches e.g. Humanaistic /Transactional Analysis and NLP and CBT which are adapted to each unique client. I have been seeing counselling clients since 2008.
I have also worked as a leadership facilitator, coach and career coach in organisations for the last 17 years.
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
I have a consulting room in West Ealing which is near Northfields and Boston Manor tubes and West Ealing train station. I also work in Central Ealing near Ealing Broadway station/tube. Due to covid 19 I am currently working mostly virtually with some face to face work.