I am Jo Evans.
I am an experienced counsellor and a registered member of both the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).
If you desire to grow, counselling can help; I am here to listen, to journey with you through your difficulties.
Life is not always easy. At times, we do experience difficulties and distressing feelings which prevent us from moving on.
Counselling is 'talking therapies' and a cooperative process, which allows you to discuss problems and express difficult feelings with a trusted counsellor. It is a safe and confidential environment which allows you to explore your thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour, and see how you can make changes to cope and manage life better; and to grow.
I offer one to one and couples counselling.
I am committed to working within BACP’s ethical framework, including on - going supervision and Continuing Professional Development.
I am fully insured, registered for Data Protection and hold an Enhanced DBS.
I work with adults
My counselling approach is integrative. I incorporate different counselling theories to work with my clients. For example, I use CBT to help you identify and change unhealthy thoughts and beliefs; or a Psychodynamic approach to enhance your self-awareness of behaviours, thoughts and feelings – which are unknown to you and are preventing moving on, or affecting your relationship with others. The integrative approach allows me to work flexibly with any client.
I incorporate the use of creative interventions when and where appropriate, such as, timelines, mapping, stone work, inner child, drawing, dreams, soft toys and imagery. These interventions aim to help you to gain a better understanding of who you are, and to give you a different perspective to your difficulties.
Most of all, I highly regard my relationship with my clients. I am committed to offer a trusting, non-judgmental and confidential space for you to express your thoughts and feelings; to work cooperatively through your difficulties, and to facilitate rediscovering of life’s possibilities and potentials.
I work with children & young people
I am trained with Place2Be and experienced in working with children and young people. My approach is to listen and be there for them.
With young children, I help them to explore their thoughts and feelings safely using play therapy, including drawing, soft toys, sand tray, role-play or storytelling. Play is their language to communicate life’s experience and reality; to express their painful emotions and difficulties.
With young people, I provide a safe space for them ‘to chat’ or through creative interventions to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their issues; to enhance their resilience by facilitating the building of new skills for coping with/managing difficult emotions and behaviours.
I work cross-culturally
I have lived, been educated and worked in South-East and Central Asia, Fiji, Australia and the UK. My cross-cultural experiences have given me the advantage of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I take into consideration differences in worldviews when I listen to a person’s story, such as family structure/system, customs/rituals, values and spiritual faiths; in order to work alongside, and to facilitate culturally sensitive and appropriate solutions to problems. I also work with clients experiencing culture shock and cultural re-entry difficulties.
My practice is located between Shalfold and Chilworth stations. Free on street parking is available.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Counselling - University of Roehampton
- Level 4 Practice Certificate in Counselling Children - Place2Be; accredited by Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
- Working with Secondary Aged Young People
- Cancer Awareness
- Data Protection Awareness training
- The many meanings of anxiety (for young people)
- An introduction to working creatively with young people
- Safeguarding training
- Alcohol Awareness
- Working with Children & Young People with SEN
- Hidden Harm
- Shame and Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma
- Creative Ways to work with Anxiety in Therapy
- Children and Young People's Mental Health Training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
£50 per session/50 minutes for individuals. £70 per session/90 minutes for couples.
Certain concessions available; e.g. counselling trainees/students: £35 per session
Currently, I also work as a volunteer counsellor at a local hospital providing one-to-one counselling to cancer patients/family members.
I have had the experience of setting up and managing a counselling training team in Central Asia; which provided training in ‘Basic Counselling Skills’ to selected applicants.
With a colleague, I co-conducted ‘Anxiety' workshops for parents to help children/young people to understand and manage anxiety.
I have provided training on 'Working with Chinese Students' for Centre for Wellbeing at the University of Surrey.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available on Mon-Wed day time & p.m., Fri & Sat a.m.
Types of client