Jo Hamer MBACP
I am a BACP registered counsellor/psychotherapist based in Marsh, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
I provide a safe, confidential space to enable us together to explore what has brought you to counselling. I work in an integrative way, meaning the way I work is flexible, depending on you; you are in the driving seat of therapy.
My experience is varied, having worked with a diverse range of clients in a number of different settings including educational establishments, bereavement charities, hospice and general counselling. I have worked with adults and young people with feelings including depression, loneliness, grief, loss, not belonging, trauma, isolation, anxiety, hopelessness, suicidality and anger.
I believe the relationship between client and therapist is crucial, attending one session is not a commitment to therapy, we can meet to discuss your difficulties in more detail and decide together if I can provide what you need.
I see clients in a designated private room on the first floor in my house. This counselling space has been created to provide comfort and calm. I am located in a quiet area and the room is not over-looked.
My practice is based in Marsh, close to bus stops and with easy parking.
I also offer walk and talk therapy. Being alone in a room with a therapist looking directly at you could feel intimidating, therefore the combination of walking and fresh air could be easier to engage in, and being surrounded by the outdoors can be grounding.
Therapy could continue to be outdoors, or it could be an introduction to counselling, followed by therapy at my practice. For more information on walk and talk therapy, please visit my website.
Who can I help?
I work with anyone aged 16 and over, male and female from all social backgrounds. I treat every client as a unique individual, I take the time to learn about you.
I work both short-term; allowing you to focus more specifically on the problem or problems that have brought you for counselling, and longer term; looking at how your past is impacting on your present thoughts, feelings and emotions. In either work, your needs are at the forefront of our work together, aimed at helping you find positive, hopeful changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked in local government for a number of years, having a background in law enforcement. In this time I worked as both as an officer and a manager, latterly responsible for promoting the wellbeing of colleagues at all levels of the organisation. In this time I gained experience in working with work related stress.
Since retraining as a counsellor/psychotherapist I gained experience in both short-term and long-term counselling; I have worked as a counsellor at a university and college, a bereavement charity, hospice, a general counselling charity, and privately. I work with anyone aged 16 and over.
For many years I have worked on a helpline and assisted with face-to-face group work with individuals and families being bereaved by suicide.
I have recently worked in an educational setting working with young people who have physical, sight, hearing or learning difficulties and have gained experience of the challenges faced by these individuals.
I have trained in integrative relational approach. I combine the person centred approach with other modalities such as transactional analysis and mindfulness as appropriate to the client. I also have an interest in attachment theory.
Other qualifications/training include:
Level 2 Bereavement Care, Bereavement and Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence, Foundation for Infant Loss Training, Pregnancy related issues for men and women, Connecting with shame, Trans awareness, Sudden and Traumatic death, TA101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, CBT, Mental Health First Aid, Working with Relational Trauma, Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder, Coaching, Mindfulness, Safeguarding, Play Therapy, Dream work, Self Harm.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Hourly sessions - £40
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Level 1 sign language|
Types of client