Jo Clayton Dip.Couns, Ebb & Flow Counselling Cornwall
Hi there and thank you for stopping by.
Seeking out therapy, particularly for the first time, can be a daunting prospect, so it may help to know what to expect.
What I can Offer
As a Person Centred counsellor I believe we can all reach our true potential, given the right conditions. However sometimes, when we encounter difficult or painful life experiences and relationships, we lose our way. I believe there is always an explanation for how and why we find ourselves at certain points and places in our lives. By understanding key events that have happened to us and looking at our relationships we can start to make sense of our own story, accept and grow.
" The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change." (Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person: Therapist's View of Psychotherapy)
The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of my practice. I will offer you acceptance, warmth and understanding and try to see things from your perspective. Having the time and space to explore your history, relationships and feelings, can often help us feel we have been seen, listened to and heard. Your experiences are valid and you are important. Therapy is not a straight line, the natural Ebb & Flow can sometimes feel like one step forward and two steps back. I will be by your side through it all.
By offering a compassionate and supportive safe space I have watched many clients flourish. I will be honest and genuine with you. However your story unfolds during our work together, there is no judgement. Sometimes life gets messy; we make mistakes, we hurt ourselves and we hurt others. I will accept your flaws and be humbled by your trust. As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I follow their Ethical Framework and I am bound by confidentiality.
I can offer you face to face, telephone and online appointments. Please contact me so we can discuss how we may work together in a COVID safe environment (I am fully insured and immunised against COVID19). I also offer single 'one off' appointments to anyone who may find it helpful.
Why Seek Out Counselling?
There are many reasons for seeking out therapy, although we often associate counselling when coming to terms with trauma, sadness, anger, loss or difficult events or emotions. At times we may experience feeling 'stuck', repeating circumstances or conversations in our mind on a loop, or notice events or dynamics repeating themselves within different relationships. Sound familiar? By exploring our story in a safe, confidential space, we can begin to unpick what might be holding us back, process, heal and move on. By seeing things from a slightly different perspective, we gain understanding, raise our self awareness and move towards acceptance.
Implementing life changes can be tricky and may require some preparation for them to take hold. Counselling could help you to explore why the change is important, the difference it could make to your life and barriers you may encounter. By exploring these issues perhaps we can move closer towards a positive outcome and implementation.
At times we may experience a general feeling of dissatisfaction we don't understand. We tell ourselves we 'shouldn't' feel this way, yet we spend so much of our lives twisting ourselves out of shape, trying to live up to ideals and values set by others, sometimes lose our way. Therapy can help us to explore our feelings, needs and behaviour so we can relearn ourselves and find our way back again to authentic living.
Perhaps you want to invest in yourself? Therapy can be about self exploration. How well do you know yourself and what you stand for? What makes you tick? Maybe there is something specific you wish to explore, a decision you are struggling with, or an area of personal growth you're keen to make. Therapy can be more than something you seek out when you're struggling, it can enlighten and enhance too. Although I can't give you advice or tell you what to do, I can support you and facilitate your exploration.
In these difficult and unprecedented times we live in, mental health is a hot topic. We have a real opportunity to work towards destigmatising mental health conditions, services, treatments and therapies. It's ok to reach out. Please take that as an invitation to get in touch if you're struggling, feeling isolated, or thinking about personal growth and well being. Therapy is an investment in yourself. We don't have to put our lives on hold until we have lost that weight or got that promotion or whatever it is we tell ourselves we need to be happy. There is another way and it starts with you. Your needs and wellbeing are important and so are you, so please get in touch.
Considering the outcome or goal of therapy you would like to achieve and the positive effect this could have on your life could help to focus the sessions and promote therapeutic change.
I was born and raised in Newquay, Cornwall. I haven't always been a counsellor. I started my career in a social care setting working with elderly men with special needs and complex mental health issues.
A few years later I got married and relocated to London where I was offered a position with an international NGO advocating for sexual and reproductive health rights and equalities in the areas of family planning, abortion, gender and gender based violence, female genital mutilation, STI/HIV/AIDs and youth rights.
As my family grew, I decided I wanted to return home. I spent several years as a stay at home mum and then several more juggling single parenthood whilst working for small businesses here in Cornwall.
I decided to retrain as a counsellor after watching the difference it made to the life of someone I love. I feel truly blessed, privileged and humbled to do this work.
I have an eclectic range of professional and personal interests and experience, including working with young people, suicide, self concept/self confidence, social media, domestic abuse, parental alienation and estrangement, sexual assault and rape, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, sexuality and gender identity amongst many other things. I am comfortable to work with all client groups and my practice is overseen by a clinical supervisor, as per the BACP Ethical Framework.
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch. Or follow us on Facebook.
Occasionally, I may have a late cancellation and I am able to offer these as one off 'taster sessions' at a reduced rate of £30. Please check in with my profile regularly to take advantage of offers or follow us on Facebook.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling L5 (in progress)
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling L4
- Agency work, Counselling for Social Change (present)
- Agency work, Georgia's Voice (present)
- Internship at Lifetime Therapy, Cornwall's premier psychotherapy and counselling practice
- CPCAB Counselling Studies L3
- CPCAB Counselling Skills L2
I am a member of the BACP and therefore my practice is overseen by a clinical supervisor.
I seek out regular opportunities for continued professional development and have my own personal counsellor which facilitates self awareness and personal growth. I am a self reflective practitioner.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
If I have a late cancellation I routinely offer these appointments at a reduced rate of £30. Please save my profile and check in regularly for more information.
I offer a free initial telephone conversation to anyone wondering what working together might be like. There is no obligation to book any sessions. Please feel free to get in touch for a chat.
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Available for face to face, telephone and online appointments. Evening and weekend appointments can be accommodated.