Jo Beddow MBACP - The Good Therapy Works
Hi, I'm Jo, the founder of The Good Therapy Works, a successful private therapy practice specialising in Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, Reflexology and Aromatherapy Massage.
I am professionally qualified in each therapy and treatment I offer, I am fully insured and where available accredited, I always adhere to strict ethical frameworks. I have undertaken many many hours of client work, this experience enables me to offer the best possible services and standards of care to my clients.
I am passionate about helping others make a positive change in their lives. As a BACP registered counsellor, I'm here to listen and hear your story, completely from your perspective; here to guide and support you and also offer tools and techniques which could help you manage some of the debilitating effects of anxiety and depression.
My approach has its foundations in humanistic and existential philosophies, its proactive and dynamic, blended to meet your needs. You and your life events are what makes you unique so each session holds you and our therapeutic relationship at its core, supporting your self-discovery to help find a place from which you can grow, develop and move forward. My integrative counselling qualifications focused on working with adults but I also have a post graduate diploma specialising in counselling children and young people, with my younger clients I also offer elements of art psychotherapy and play therapy. Adults too find this approach helpful too!
I work with a wide range of different clients and sessions are flexible and intuitive to meet your specific individual needs.
Your sessions take place in a confidential, peaceful and comfortable space, in therapy rooms that look out over the beautiful Somerset Levels. My therapy practice is a calming space and I aim for my clients to leave every session feeling calm, relaxed, confident and competent and equipped for the positive change in their lives.
- 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
- 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.
OK, so 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 are a whole range of different approaches to counselling - confused? Well 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 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.
"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."
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- L2 & L3 - Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
- National Hypnotherapy Diploma
- Awareness in Bereavement Counselling
- Accredited Infant Loss Training
- Suicide and Self Harm
- Couples in Conflict
- Creativity in Counselling
- Place2Be - Introductory Work with Reception Children
- Compassionate Counselling
- ASIST - Suicide Intervention Training
- Knowledge Understanding Framework - Borderline Personality Disorder
- TA101 - Transactional Analysis
- Qualified clinical hypnotherapist (HPD, DSFH, AfSFH)
- 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)
- Member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
I was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in 2017 for my complementary therapy massage and reflexology bodywork. I am also an accredited counsellor with the Foundation of Infant Loss.
I currently offer some of my time to the following organisations on a voluntary basis:
- Creative Butterfly - Bristol
- Cruse Bereavement Care - Somerset
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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- Initial Assessment (20 minutes) - £20 Please Note: An initial assessment will normally form part of a full 60 / 45 minute session, but if requested can be an assessment only.
- Individual Counselling Sessions (60 minutes) - £45
- Individual Counselling Sessions 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
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.
After many years working for large organisations I came to realise that 'people', the very precious resource that makes our whole society tick, were being overwhelmed with life. Today there is a level of resilience that we need to get through the many different and often emotional, life events we have to face. It's frequently quoted that 1 out of 3 of us will suffer some form of mental illness in our lifetime, however, I was totally shocked when I found that I too was one of these people. After returning to work following the birth of my first child I found myself paralysed by the crippling symptoms of anxiety, unable to face returning to work - I was frightened, 'so it could happen to me too' I mused!
Our growing culture of target driven performance, striving for success, perfection and the ordinary and not so ordinary life changing events can sometimes blow our worlds apart - the loss of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship, illness - physical and mental, can take an enormous toll on our wellbeing. Through my own experiences of suffering from anxiety I recognised and saw in others that it was all too easy to get hooked into downward spiral of stress leading to anxiety and then sending me to a dark place of depressive thoughts - so I decided I wanted to become part of the solution, to help people get back on track.
Based in beautiful, peaceful, rural surroundings on the edge of the Somerset Levels, 10 minutes from J23 of the M5, between Street and Bridgwater.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6pm
A limited number of evening and weekend appointments available by special arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|