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.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
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
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.
Listed are the routine core times I am available. However, I am able to work flexibly and can make bespoke arrangements for individuals.
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.