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About me

About me

I am a warm, experienced and insightful psychotherapist,  couples therapist and group facilitator.  I have extensive post-graduate training in trauma, body psychotherapy and various approaches to conflict transformation and resolution.  In my work, I provide a therapeutic relationship that is genuine and equal, in which I am neither the expert who tells you what to do nor the passive counsellor who remains separate and disconnected. Instead, it is a collaborative process in which my acceptance, empathy and in-depth training can support you in exploring what it is that brought you to this point and how to move forward. I work in a wonderful tranquil space just on the outskirts of Lewes and also offer sessions online via Zoom.

I am deeply passionate about counselling, personal and social transformation, empowerment and growth.  I am fortunate to be able to share this passion as a Counselling Lecturer and as a mentor to newly qualified therapists.  This also means that I challenge myself to continually reflect on best practices and be open to new developments in the field. My current focus is on connecting the inner work of therapy and trauma healing with the kind of healing our fragmented world so desperately needs. My work in conflict transformation crosses over with my trauma work to inform my online transformational experiential groups for change agents across the globe.

First steps

My personal experience of therapy has taught me just how valuable it can be and yet I also understand that taking the first step towards starting this process can be challenging. For some of you, searching this site may be a significant move in itself. Or it may be that you already have had an experience of counselling and simply want to make sure you find the right person. Either way, I am here to answer any questions you may have, without obligation. If it feels right, you are welcome to contact me for a free initial meeting just to talk through what has brought you here and see if working with me feels right.

Why therapy?

Sometimes life throws issues at us that can overwhelm us, wear us down and leave us struggling. It may be recent or past events that you feel you need to process. Or perhaps you simply wish to explore your life so that you can live it more consciously and fully. Feelings of sadness, pain, anxiety or anger can become relentless, unbearable and debilitating. This can prevent us from reaching out to others and mean that we feel isolated or unseen, even when we are not alone. At times like these, it may help to talk to someone you feel comfortable with, who you can trust and who is not personally involved in your life. Together with a counsellor, you can work through your difficulties and you can feel supported and accompanied on your journey.

Humanistic Psychotherapy

Humanistic psychotherapy is a varied group of therapies that offer diverse ways of approaching life’s problems. However, they all have in common a fundamental belief that people can change and lead more fulfilling lives and that a supportive, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship can facilitate this. One of the objectives of humanistic counselling, apart from alleviating the distress that a person is experiencing, is for the person to begin to see him or herself differently. This can mean a sense of power and freedom, rather than feeling controlled by the past and one's feelings. I don’t apply a fixed model to the people I meet; instead I seek to understand life through your eyes and support you in gaining more clarity about yourself and your life. Feel free to get in touch.

Therapeutic groups

Therapy groups are not as common in the UK as in other countries, yet are shown to be at least as effective with added benefits.  The cost is significantly cheaper than individual sessions and in addition to having a space to process what you are wishing to work through, you can also receive unexpected learning and growth from the issues that other members bring.  Furthermore, groups allow us to experiment with different ways of relating to others, which can significantly improve our quality of life and deepen our relationships. Please get in touch to find out more about the groups that I run.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training

I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Brighton, which has a reputation for both academic and clinical excellence and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I gained in-depth training in different approaches, such as Person-Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy and Existential Therapy. As a qualified counsellor, I pursued Focusing, Body-Centred Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and IFIO couples therapy.   With an awareness of various types of psychotherapy I believe I am equipped to meet each person as a unique individual, without the need to fit them into one fixed model. In this way I can offer an open encounter, in which theory plays a guiding role at times when it is useful.

I have also undergone advanced training in Group and Couples Therapy as well as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other meditative approaches and can incorporate these in our sessions if you wish.  I have my own Zen meditation practic. 

I am always committed to learning and developing as a counsellor and for this reason, am regularly in continual professional development.

My experience

Although I believe in meeting the person and not the symptom, I have experience counselling individuals facing a number of difficulties in their lives, such as

- depression
- bereavement
- family and relationship issues
- divorce and separation
- substance addiction
- low self-esteem
- eating disorders
- anxiety including generalised anxiety disorder
- anger management
- abuse
- postnatal depression


Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual sessions

Research has shown that one of the most important aspects of successful therapy is the relationship between counsellor and client and so it is important to me that you to find the counsellor who is right for you. For this reason, I offer a free first meeting for us to get to know each other, answer any questions you may have and decide if to continue our work together.

Beyond this, my fees are £70 per session of 50 minutes.

I also offer discounted sessions for those on a low income, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Couples therapy

Couples sessions are often less frequent and can vary in length. This is something we can discuss and agree on together in our first session.

50 minutes at £85 per session

80 minutes at £115 per session

When I work

Both day and evening sessions are available.

Further information

Contact me

Please feel free to call or text me on 07853162294 if you have any questions about psychotherapy in general or if you would like to book our initial session.

Alternatively, email me at jo@youandicounselling.co.uk

The Granary, Upper Stoneham Farm, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5RH

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Additional languages

German