Jo Hopkins MBACP (accred.)
I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor working in Reading with people who wish to make lasting changes to their lives. You may be feeling anxious, depressed or very stressed. Perhaps you have relationship problems or have lost a loved one or your job. You may be feeling unhappy, but not know why... If so, the opportunity to talk confidentially to a counsellor may help.
I see adults for weekly sessions providing a safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and think about the difficulties you are facing. I believe the capacity to change lies within each person and the counselling process enables you to gain self-awareness so you can bring about the changes you desire and begin to live with a greater sense of freedom and fulfillment.
My practice is located in central Reading a 7 minute walk from the train station and on a main bus route between the centre of town and Caversham. There is free parking in the road where I work.
My approach to counselling
The psychodynamic approach focuses on helping you identify and understand negative patterns of relating and behaving so you can begin to find better ways of coping with life's difficulties. The work involves making sense of what might be the underlying, unconscious motivations for your actions. With greater self awareness, you can begin to gain the confidence to accept or change your situation. Sometimes, the work involves exploring early childhood experiences as a way of throwing light on current difficulties.
If you think counselling is for you, the next step is to get in touch. This can feel a bit daunting; it's not easy to admit you need some help. So, just give me a call and we can arrange to meet to discuss your needs and how I can help. If I don't answer immediately, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can. During the initial consultation I can answer your queries about counselling and explain how the process works. Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes.
You may be wondering how long therapy lasts...
The duration depends on what you are looking for, the nature of your difficulties and what you can afford. If you want to address a specific issue, we can work in a focused way towards a resolution which may take a few weeks or months. However, if your problems are more deep seated and have lasted a long time, it may take longer to resolve them and so an open-ended approach is preferable. In either case, we work towards a mutually agreed ending
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a PG diploma in counselling from the University of Reading. As a trainee and newly qualified therapist, I worked with students at the University of Reading Counselling and Wellbeing Service and at a low-cost counselling agency. I worked with NHS patients for short-term therapy at the Berkshire Counselling Centre, Wokingham for two years. I worked for four years in the Cancer Services team, Basingstoke Hospital, as a therapist with people living and dying with cancer. I offered end of life and bereavement support to patients and their families. I worked with patients helping them understand the impact of illness and treatment on their lives and identity.
I currently work in private practice.
I have a Diploma in Supervision from the Society for Analytical Psychology (SAP) and see trainee and qualified counsellors for individual and group supervision. I work as a supervisor at No5 Young People, a Counselling Agency offering free therapy to 10-25 year olds in central Reading.
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
I charge £50 for the initial consultation which lasts up to 90 minutes. I charge £50 for the following weekly sessions which last 50 minutes. I offer a limited number of bursary places based on personal circumstances. .
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session. Fees for weekly supervision or longer sessions are negotiated on an individual basis.
I review my fees annually in September.