Jo Fowler (PG DIP. MBACP)
I am a person centred counsellor and whilst it is this philosophy which is firmly rooted at the heart of my practice, I seek to work creatively with each individual, to find the most appropriate way to support exploration, understanding and healing.
I believe that healing wisdom is found within each unique individual and if we are given the right conditions within a counselling relationship, we will move naturally towards healing and growth. I therefore aim to offer a warm, genuine, empathic and respectful relationship, where clients can feel safe enough to fully explore their inner worlds. Having someone who is really present for us, listening and responding in a supportive, non judgemental and confidential space, can be a profound and illuminating experience.
Through this kind of exploration we can increase our self awareness, self acceptance and esteem. We can develop our capacity for relational connection and communication and gain freedom from old patterns, self limiting beliefs or unresolved trauma. We may find additional coping strategies and life choices, all of which can alleviate our suffering and bring about deep healing.
I am interested in how our body, breath and present moment experience can be a guide towards healing and may invite you to bring awareness and curiosity to these experiences. By tracking our bodies sensations or our ‘felt sense’ of our experiences, we can reveal the wisdom within.
I am open to working with whichever issues you want to bring or whatever may arise in our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a Person Centered counsellor in 2012 (Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy) and worked primarily in a mental health service, before going on to specialise in work with adult and child survivors of rape and abuse.
I therefore have a particular interest in trauma, how our brains struggle to process traumatic experiences, how our bodies store these memories and how we can work with the symptoms of trauma safely within the counselling room.
From 2012 - 2016, I studied the Hakomi method, which is an experiential, body centered and gentle form of psychotherapy. This study uses simple exercises to track present moment experience with a mindful and curious attitude, in order to reveal the ways in which our core beliefs may be organising and colouring our experience.
For me, healing is a creative process and I am interested in body therapies, yoga, meditation, movement, voice, creative and expressive arts. I have attended many workshops to work with my own body and voice, to track and process emotion, and increase self awareness and I am keen to develop my work in this area both personally and professionally.
I hold a BSC Degree in Human Psychology, where I learnt about the various approaches of psychology and psychotherapy and began to follow my interest in the Humanist perspectives.
Before qualifying as a counsellor I worked in homeless hostels and supported accommodation for young people and as a volunteer counsellor for a drug and advisory service. I have also worked in care homes for individuals with learning difficulties/physical disabilities and the elderly.
Alongside my counselling practice, I work as a gardener, recognising the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors and deeply connecting with nature and its rhythms.
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
My fees are £40 per hour.
Initial sessions are £30
Concessions are available if this fee is prohibitive for you.
Fees can be paid by cash/cheque or online banking.
My work is supervised and insured.
I am a full member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
I offer short or long term counselling for adults.
Our first session is offered at a reduced rate and will involve discussing the reasons that brought you to counselling, what you would like from our work together, how I work and whether I am able to offer something to your process. This is an opportunity for you to get a sense of how it might be for us to work together and for us to make an agreement for our work together.
I work from either Ulverston or Kendal and will provide further details when you contact me.