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About me

Hi my name is Jo.

As a Relate qualified counsellor I work with individuals, couples and families supporting them to gain a greater understanding of what is happening within their relationships.

I believe counselling is for the brave: for those people who are willing to face problems, explore and seek a greater understanding of both themselves and those close to them. My role is to is to support individuals, couples and families understand their responses to experiences and find ways of managing them, with the aim of achieving fulfilling relationships which in turn may lead to a more rewarding life.

Common issues that cause people to seek the support of a counsellor are when:-

  • They are about to make a commitment.
  • Discover an affair.
  • There is too much sex or not enough sex.
  • Run out of energy to keep arguing.
  • Feeling trapped or unfulfilled.
  • Find out troubling information about their partner’s on line activities.
  • There is conflict within the family between a parent or child or both parents and a    child.
  • One partner’s addiction is impacting on the relationship.
  • A major life change: children leave home, redundancy, the death of a child or partner, moving to a different area.

I have supported many couples grappling with this these and related issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters degree in Relationship Studies and I am a qualified Relate Counsellor.

I have practiced as a counsellor for 6 years, prior to that I held senior positions in the NHS and Independent Health care for over 20 years.

I enjoy working with all types of people and embrace difference and diversity. I have experience of working with couples of all ages, people from different cultural backgrounds, same sex couples and couples where one of the partners is managing a mental or physical health issue. I am particularly interested in working with people dealing with issues linked to loss linked to redundancy, separation or bereavement.

My approach to counselling is integrative, meaning I incorporate elements from different models into my practice depending on the needs of my client. I frequently use elements of psychodynamic, systemic and object relations models as well as considering attachment issues.

I regularly engage in continual professional development courses to ensure my approach reflects best current practice.

I have enhanced DBS clearance.

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

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

All sessions will last for 60 minutes. Initial assessments may last up to 90 minutes.

All initial assessments: £50

Each individual session: £40

Each Couples session: £50

Each family session: £50

Students: £35

Please see my web site for information about money saving deals when a commitment is made to a short programme of counselling following the initial assessment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

 Listed are the routine core times I am available. However, I am able to work flexibly and can make bespoke arrangements for individuals.

Further information

My approach:

Counselling is not a treatment: it requires commitment and effort from both the counsellor and the clients. Sometimes it can be challenging as you are forced to consider some uncomfortable aspects of the situation you find yourself in. At times it can be sad or amusing as you recall past experiences or situations. Ultimately the experience can be life changing and may change the way you view yourself, your relationships and what is important to you in your life.

My aim is to create a safe space where you can be heard and not judged. Together we will determine the pace of counselling and I will offer you a number of interventions so that we can choose a way of working that you feel most meets your needs.

Counselling can be short or long term. This depends on the issue being worked on and what you want the outcome of the process to be.

I work integratively, which means I use elements from a number of different theoretical models depending on the requirement of the person or couple I am working with.

What happens next?

I work from a private, purpose designed room within my home. This means you can be assured of discretion and confidentiality. My home is one mile from the centre of York and there is designated parking available.

The first session will be an assessment session, where you are able to decide if what I am offering is right for you. It also enables me to be sure I have the skills to work effectively with you and keep us all safe. If I am unable to support you I will signpost you to another counsellor or organisation better placed to provide the support you require.

If we decide to work together we will agree the time and frequency of future sessions.

York, Yorkshire, YO24

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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