Jo Cooke

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BACP, reg. Dip. Counselling, Dip. in Clinical Supervision
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Reading, Berkshire, RG4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor offering a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgemental environment, where you will be able to explore emotions and feelings. We will work together towards understanding and developing your potential and personal growth – mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I work integratively, using person-centred and psychodynamic theories. This means that we will explore the emotions you are feeling in the present and will also reflect upon past events which may be affecting you emotionally today.

I offer counselling to children, young people and adults, weekly, for hour-long sessions. 

I have a dedicated counselling room, near Caversham in Emmer Green. There is parking available  and it is  within a few minutes walk from a bus stop.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of BACP

I have been awarded a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.

I am a qualified supervisor offering supervision both online and face to face to counsellors.

I have been a teacher for over thirty years and as such have worked with children, young people and their families, helping them through a range of challenging experiences. Focussing on the pastoral care of all members of the school community became my priority. I wanted to help, guide and support people in the best way that I could. These experiences led me to become a qualified counsellor and supervisor.

Member organisations

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

After your initial free 30 minute consultation, subsequent sessions for adults will be charged at £50 per hour for face to face, online or telephone counselling. Counselling for children will be £45 for the session.

If you book and pay in advance for 5 sessions the 6th session will be free.

I have daytime, evenings available. I also work on a Saturday morning.

When I work

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Further information

I am an Integrative Counsellor using Person Centred and Psychodynamic modalities which also underpins my supervision work. I was a teacher with over thirty years’ experience in working with children aged between 3 and 16. Over the years, I have recognised the huge importance of a mutually trusting relationship in successfully supporting children and their families. This experience of helping others was my inspiration to start training to be a counsellor. I work with No 5 Young People, in Reading, the Arc agency in Wokingham and my private practice based in Shinfield and Caversham.
I am trained to work both online and face to face and am a member of and registered with the BACP. I abide by their ethical framework ensuring that I provide the best quality counselling for my clients.
 I work with children, young people, and adults on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time, usually meeting once a week for an hour, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
My role is to help you explore your feelings and thoughts in a safe and secure space with someone you trust. I will always listen to you without any judgement. I work at your pace, so you are always in control of what you disclose and when. Counselling is not a quick fix, and as your counsellor, I can’t tell you what to do but I will always support you as you continue to explore the best solutions for yourself
It’s completely up to you how long you stay, and what you choose to talk about. Some people just want a handful of sessions to help them make an important decision, while others want, or feel they need, to stay much longer.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please phone, text or email me to arrange your initial free 30-minute session.

In this initial session, we will discuss what you want to get out of counselling. If you are happy to continue, we will set up a second session and arrange to see you on a weekly basis.

I look forward to working with you.

Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My counselling room in Shinfield is on the ground floor and is accessible for wheelchair users.

Online platforms

Google Meet


In person

I am a qualified integrative supervisor offering face to face, online and telephone supervision. I work from my rooms in Caversham and Shinfield.

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