My name is Jo and I am a fully qualified Counsellor working with Adults and Young People in Exeter, Devon.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and a Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and you will find me on the BACP register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
My training as an Integrative Counsellor means I am able to work in a variety of ways. This means I am really able to work with you and tailor our sessions together to work in a way that really suits you. You may just want to talk, and feel most comfortable with this, or you may want to work more creatively and find it easier to articulate yourself using art, or drawing or Sand-tray. My philosophy is rooted in Person Centred practice, but I work with T.A. Gestalt, Mindfulness or Psycho-Dynamic if I feel they are right for you.
My aim as your Counsellor is to work with you relationally. I believe it is your unique subjective experience that is central to our work together whatever approach I use.
I believe the Counselling process should work around valuing your individuality.
As a Humanistic Therapist I believe we all have the capacity to be the best we can be, and that ultimately we all want to move towards being happy and fulfilled.
Central to my philosophy is the importance of the relationship between the Client and the Counsellor. My aim is to provide you a safe, confidential space in which you can explore how you experience your world.
As a Counsellor I am trained to help you become more aware of how patterns, themes or experiences in your life may be affecting your current situation. My aim is to help you find a new path forward, encouraging you to consider new perspectives and find a way that works more positively for you.
Counselling can be very challenging, and at times we may work with more difficult or deep rooted issues. My approach is to be there for you, offering you support and guidance, and encouraging you to find ways to take care of yourself and promote your own well-being.
My goal as your Counsellor, ultimately, is to help you reach a place where you feel able to move forward in your life, without me, feeling you know yourself better, and are better for the changes you may have made.
I work with a whole spectrum of life issues, including, but not limited to;
-Child and Teenage related issues
-Redundancy/ Life changes
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here - www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership
Training, qualifications & experience
-Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
-Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
-Certificate in Counselling
-Effectively Supporting Grieving Children and Young People
-Effectively Supporting Grieving Young Adults
-Transactional Analysis 101
-Working with Adults who Misuse Alcohol
-Counselling with a Risk of Suicide
-Working with Eating Disorders
-Working with LGBT identified clients
-Young Devon; Young Peoples Mental Health
-Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice
-Transitions (beating eating disorders; b-eat)
-Shamed Identities; Healing from Childhood Trauma through the Therapeutic Relationship
-Mental Health and Well-being
-Working with Trauma
-Setting up a Recovery Peer Support Group
-Drug, Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling
I am both Professionally trained and insured. I am also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such, am required to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
I am also committed to my Continual Professional Development, and attend further training regularly to keep me up to date and working to the highest professional standard.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Our introductory session is an hour in length. This session will be an opportunity for you to get to discuss with me what you would like to achieve from Counselling, for me to introduce myself, and for you to decide if you feel I am the right Counsellor for you.
Adults; Unless otherwise agreed, our session time will be for one hour in duration. I am happy to work with you for a longer period, if this were your preference. Although it is usual for clients to attend Counselling on a weekly basis, if this is not achievable for you we can arrange fortnightly appointments, or twice weekly. For our time together to truly benefit you it has to be manageable to suit your lifestyle and time commitments, and I am flexible.
COST; I charge 45.00 for the hour as my standard charge. This is payable at the end of each session.
For Children and Adolescents I usually hold 45-60 minute sessions, although this can be changed if agreed. Again, this can be a flexible arrangement, and is based on meeting the needs of the Young Person, so if they would like to attend more, or less often, this will be in their control.
COST; I charge 40.00 for the session as my standard charge. This is payable at the end of each session.
*Reduced Rate; I am able to offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate. If you would like to be considered for this please do not hesitate to ask, and I will let you know if this is a possibility, or ask if you would like to be added to the waiting list.*
Monday-Friday 12.00-21.00 Saturday 09.00-1700