My name is Jo Leather (she/her) and I am a BACP Registered Psychotherapist/Counsellor practising online and face to face, based in Prestwich, North Manchester.
I am a Person-Centred Therapist, which means that I work alongside you at your own pace, offering a warm, accepting and non-judgemental space for you to process your feelings, thoughts and experiences.
Maybe you are feeling under huge pressure at work or struggling in a relationship or finding it hard with your family? Or perhaps you have feelings of sadness, feelings that you're just "not good enough," feelings that you're anxious all the time and you don't know why? We can work together in our sessions on naming, claiming and ultimately, reframing these feelings.
Skilled at working with a diverse range of clients, I'm confident and respectful working with people of all genders. I work frequently with clients living with low mood, social anxiety, panic attacks and Generalised Panic Disorder.
While I am fundamentally humanistic in modality, I can also offer a range of approaches including CBT techniques and Creative Expressive Techniques, depending on the needs and goals of the client. We can tailor the approach to suit you.
I also have extensive experience working with emerging adults and welcome enquiries from younger clients.
Currently, I am offering in person sessions in Prestwich, close to the local Metro stop, Zoom sessions and Walking sessions in Heaton Park. I offer weekday sessions throughout the week and also evening sessions on a Monday and Wednesday evening.
I know how hard it can be to start therapy. Perhaps you don't know what to expect and it's overwhelming? Just drop me an email to set up an initial session and in that session we can discuss what you would like to get from counselling and we can talk about any concerns you may have about getting started. Don't worry about feeling awkward - I make sure that clients feel at ease and empowered during sessions. You're in charge, not me! If you are doing Walking Therapy, you are very welcome to bring your dog along too and if you are a new parent, infants in strollers of course are invited.
Enquiries from parents and guardians regarding therapy for young people are welcomed, just drop me an email to discuss.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Dip (Level 7) Counselling and Psychotherapy, Salford University, 2020
Level 2 Mental Heath Awareness Certificate, Skills Network, 2018
Level 3 Counselling Skills Oldham College, 2018
I am highly practised at working with emerging adults aged 16+ and have two years of experience as a college counsellor.
My academic research is around creative expressive therapies for university students living with anxiety and depression.
Let me know if you are interested in a Creative Expressive therapies approaches (art, music, movement, drama, creative writing) within your sessions.
Other training and CPD
Trans Awareness trained (Salford University)
Deaf Awareness trained (Salford University)
Bereavement and Loss (Cruse)
EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance) aware (Salford LA)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relational challenges and attachment
I am passionate about supporting clients through infertility, pregnancy loss and fertility treatment.
From £28.00 to £40.00
Concessions offered for
I now offer in-person sessions in Prestwich, close to Metro stops £40 (concessions £32).
I am currently offering Zoom sessions £35 (concessions, £28).
I am also offering Walking Therapy sessions in Heaton Park £40 (concessions, £32).
All sessions are fifty minutes long.
I offer appointments throughout the working week and evening appointments on Zoom can be arranged.