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Counselling (registered accred MBACP)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 22nd August 2022

About me

Hello, I’m Jo.

I understand people seek counselling for many different reasons and that taking the first steps can feel daunting, that includes finding the right counsellor for you.

Perhaps I can tell you a little about my approach and my experience to help you decide whether you feel we could work together. I passionately believe in the healing potential of being truly listened to and heard and that’s what I strive to offer; a confidential space in which you feel safe to explore yourself and whatever is troubling you. For me it’s about finding out what’s going on for you. Working together to support you in exploring and drawing upon your own resources, to gain greater awareness and understanding of yourself, your behaviours, to make sense of past or current events, relationships or life situation. To support you in your pursuit of emotional or mental well-being, to make the changes you want to make. As your counsellor my role is to support you through your journey rather than to give you advice or tell you what is best for you.

I have counselled in NHS primary care within a health centre and in a university counselling unit and so have experience of a wide range of issues.

I offer:

  • One-to-one, face-to-face person-centred counselling for adults (over 16 years old), sessions via video-call or phone
  • Short or long term counselling
  • Sessions available each week day, Monday and Tuesday evenings

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as providing a counselling service in private practice, I currently work for a bereavement counselling service. I have counselled in NHS primary care within a health centre and in a university counselling unit. I have experience of a wide range of issues, including; anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma, abuse, personal development. I qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde in 2016 and gained BACP Accreditation in 2019, qualifying as a counselling Supervisor in 2021.

  • Counselling Supervisor 2021
  • BACP Accreditation 2019
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde.
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). You can check my membership on the professional register here This confirms that I trained to the professional standards required on an accredited course and that I work within the BACP ethical framework.
  • Experience in counselling in primary care in a health centre, in a University Research Counselling unit and for a bereavement counselling service
  • Experience of wide range of issues including, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma, abuse, personal development.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

The cost of each hourly counselling session is £40. Payment can be made either by cash or card at each session (when in-person) or by electronic transfer on the day of the appointment.

Cancellation Policy
I ask that 24hrs notice of cancellation is given. Cancellation of a session with less than 24 hours' notice, or failure to attend a scheduled appointment will be charged at the full rate.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Coronavirus update In-person appointments available with agreement to Covid measures.

Further information

My counselling room is in Dunblane, a 5min walk from the train station, a short walk from bus stops and there is on-site parking. My room is on the first floor and unfortunately there is no lift.

I offer an initial half hour meeting (free-of-charge) to give us the opportunity to discuss whether you feel what I offer could be helpful to you and to see if you feel comfortable with me. This can be in-person, by video-call or over the phone.

I am registered as a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. Registration Number: ZA096431. This ensures that all personal information I hold is kept securely and processed in accordance with requirements of the Act.

Anderson Street, Dunblane, Stirlingshire, FK15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Wheelchair user access

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In person

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