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About me

I understand that life can be difficult and overwhelming for all of us at times and having someone to talk to really can help.

I offer private face-to-face therapy to clients in Amersham as well as online and telephone therapy. In my counselling practice I provide a space where you can talk safely and without judgement. My approach to counselling is person-centred. I am typically non-directive in my work and I commit to being alongside you whilst you explore your thoughts, feelings or worries. Everyone has different experiences and perspectives and during our sessions I will do my best to understand your world.

I work with clients with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, addiction, anger, abuse, low self-esteem, relationship issues, stress, bereavement, work related issues, self-harm, trauma and suicidal thoughts. I work with young people aged 14 and above and adults.

How to get started

I appreciate that it takes courage to reach out to a counsellor and I will happily answer any questions or concerns that you have. If you are interested or would like to know more please do get in touch via email or phone. If you send me an email I will call you back at a convenient time for a free telephone consultation. During the phone conversation we can talk a little about your situation and anything you would like to get out of counselling.

If you decide to go ahead I will send you some information and we will can book an initial 50 minute session where we go through some details and talk more about your situation. This first session is important as it gives you the opportunity to decide whether you would like to continue with more regular sessions. If you decide to continue we can arrange weekly or more flexible sessions to suit you.

I work remotely via Zoom, as well as phone and face to face in Amersham or Chesham.  Some people find that a few sessions are enough, others benefit from longer term support. We will regularly review progress together to make sure that the sessions are beneficial for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • ACTO Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • I also hold a current Disclosure and Barring (DBS) certificate

In addition to working as a private practitioner, I have volunteered with Bucks Mind and worked as a volunteer counsellor at a youth counselling agency called Time to Talk. I currently volunteer for One Recovery Bucks, where I work with clients who are struggling with addiction. I am also a member of the British Psychological Society and have a MSc in Occupational Psychology.  I have worked for many years in a corporate role as a Management Consultant with experience in coaching, training and leadership development.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

I offer an initial free telephone consultation followed by a reduced rate first session, charged at £35 for 50 minutes. Subsequent sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.

I also offer a limited number of low cost sessions, I can discuss this with you if the cost is difficult for you.

Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP6

Chiltern Mind
Unit 23
Chiltern Business Centre
63-65 Woodside Road
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP6 6AA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

I offer flexible appointment times including evenings and weekend appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Jo Hardman MBACP

Jo Hardman MBACP