Hi, I'm Jo, I established The Good Therapy Works, a private therapy practice specialising in Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy.
Through therapy, my aim is to help you make a positive change.
I'm here to listen, offer you a safe space to explore past events and guide you forward or simply give you a place to be 'you', supporting you to get your life back on track and be the best version of the person you want to be.
You and your life events are what makes you unique, so each session holds you, offers you a safe secure and confidential space for you to explore though guided self-discovery, to help you grow, develop and move forward. I work with a wide range of clients from children, young people, adults and couples.
Sessions are flexible and intuitive to meet your specific individual needs.
- General Anxiety
- Trauma (including Complex Trauma)
- Anger Management
- Self Esteem & Confidence
- Bereavement including infant loss and miscarriage
- Relationship Breakdown
- Fertility & Conception
Children and Young People Specific:
- Anxiety, Stress and Depression
- Self Identity / Self Esteem
- Anger Management
- Self Harm
- Exam and School Transition
How Could Counselling Help You?
Sometimes life, family or work related pressures, experiences of trauma or loss, or debilitating anxiety or depression become overwhelming. This is often when we stop being who we want to be, stop living life the way we want to live and sometimes we need some help to get ourselves back on track.
I provide professional counselling help and support to individuals; a confidential, safe place to talk, a space to 'be', to explore your thoughts and emotional reactions to events - past and present. Counselling provides an opportunity to find peace, or perhaps clarity, to understand and potentially make sense of hard to handle feelings such as sadness, guilt, shame, anger or vulnerability, feelings that may be dominating - and find a way forward.
There are lots of really good qualified counsellors out there, we come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, different backgrounds, training and specialism and there's a whole range of different approaches to counselling. If it's your first time looking for a counsellor, I can understand how it may feel a little daunting.
Counselling can be an intense and very personal experience so finding the right person for you is important, meeting face to face or having a telephone conversation is likely to be your next step to finding the right counsellor for you.
You'll probably have a feeling whether I may be right for you after you have read through my profile, so when you are ready give me a call or drop me an email and we can set up an initial session and we can talk through what you want to get out of counselling. If you are comfortable and happy to continue we'll set up a further session so we can begin work together.
I am now offering some face to face sessions but also working online (Zoom) and over the telephone. I normally work with clients on a once weekly basis but do also offer fortnightly sessions too.
Please call me in confidence to find out more, and book your initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Registered Counsellor
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Specialist Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (Level 7)
- Working with Complex Trauma
- Dissociative Disorders
- Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
- National Hypnotherapy Diploma
- Cruse ABC - Awareness in Bereavement Counselling
- Accredited Infant Loss Training
- Suicide and Self Harm
- Couples in Conflict
- Creativity in Counselling
- Compassionate Counselling
- ASIST - Suicide Intervention Training
- Knowledge Understanding Framework - Borderline Personality Disorder
- TA101 - Transactional Analysis
- Qualified clinical hypnotherapist (HPD, DSFH)
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Registered member of Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
"Jo’s passionate approach and dedication has allowed me to finally discover the real me. I am entering a really exciting chapter in my life but only because I have been given the foundations to do so. I would definitely recommend Jo to anyone who wants to overcome inner challenges."
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
- Employee Assistance Programme - specialising in emergency services.
- Complex Trauma - REWIND therapy.
£50.00 per session
- Individual Counselling Sessions (60 minutes) - £50
- Individual Children and Young People Under 16 (45 minutes) - £45
- Contract Work (In-house Wellbeing Packages) - POA
- Counselling for Children and Adolescents in Schools (Primary, Middle & Secondary) - POA
FACE TO FACE, VIDEO ZOOM AND TELEPHONE SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR COUNSELLING.
I offer counselling sessions on Short Fixed and Open-Ended contract arrangements. A limited number of concessions available for Students and clients on low income. Payment by Card, BACS or Cash.
Monday to Friday
8am to 6pm
A limited number of face to face sessions are now available:
Your sessions take place in a peaceful and comfortable space, in therapy rooms with beautiful uninterrupted views over the Somerset Levels. My practice offers a confidential space which offers a sense of calm to aid relaxation and wellbeing giving you time to explore past events and support you to in finding your way forward, taking steps one at a time to get you where you need to be.
Based in beautiful, rural surroundings on the edge of the Somerset Levels, 10 minutes from J23 of the M5, between Street and Bridgwater.
After years working for large organisations I recognised that 'people' are our most precious resource; often undervalued or not looked after with the care we may look after our possessions. Sometimes as individuals we become overwhelmed, our resilience and sense of who we are gets chipped away or even lost and we stop being the best version of ourselves. Our ability to cope with situations and relationships can diminish and we forget how easily our mental wellbeing can spiral out of our control, affect us, those around us and what we do.
It feels that now more than ever we need a level of mental resilience to get through the many different and often emotional life events. It's often quoted that 1 out of 3 of us will suffer some form of mental illness in our lifetime - a statistic I paid little attention to, until I recognised that I too was not immune. After returning to work following the birth of my first child I found myself paralysed by crippling anxiety, with no idea what was happening or how I could help myself 'so yes, it could happen to me too' I remember thinking! Over time and with support I worked to understand myself, recognised how I'd got to that point, thought about what I wanted out of life and slowly and steadily, step at a time I found my way forward and got my life back - I got 'me' back. So profound were my experiences I changed career - retrained, studied counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy - I'm now a therapist!
Our culture of target driven performance and an ever increasing technological pace to do more pushes us from a place of acceptance and calmness to always wanting more, from others and from ourselves - there seemed to be a real absence of contentment. Life changing events happen and our level of resilience can easily go unchecked. Occasionally stuff happens which can destabilise us or even occasionally blow our worlds apart - the loss of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship or career, in fact trauma of any kind takes a toll on our wellbeing and often before we realise.
I work with people of all ages across a range of mental health issues brought on by ever changing and challenging events. I specialise in trauma, general anxiety and depression as well as relationship issues, loss and bereavement. My approach is integrative, creative and above all solution focused. Working through past events, recognising their importance and acknowledging they do not need to define the future. For me therapy is about helping others find ways to reach the next place, one step at a time.