About me

My name is Jo - I have eleven years counselling experience and am a registered and accredited member of the BACP and I am qualified in Counselling to Masters Level. My private practice offers open ended Psychodynamic Counselling.

I work with people who tend to have become stuck in life and who are struggling to find their way forward. You may be experiencing overwhelming emotions which you are unable to understand or process.  You may simply feel disillusioned by life or have lost your identity / voice / purpose.

I facilitate a process of exploring how the client's past is influencing their current relationship issues and work/life balance, to enable the client to reassess and begin the journey of change. The work often uncovers unprocessed painful experiences which may be adversely impacting the present.  These may appear through depression / anxiety / work / relational issues.

By using an integrated approach I seek to understand how the client's emotional experience may communicate through the physical body, whether via the relationship with food / weight / sleep / anxiety, or through physical symptoms, such as IBS. The processing that occurs during the counselling often results in a reduction of such symptoms.

Training, qualifications & experience

I successfully completed a five year training programme through the University of Hertfordshire. This consisted of a two year undergraduate dualistic programme combining personal centred and psychodynamic counselling, followed by a three year post graduate Masters Degree in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling. Attending personal therapy was a mandatory component of the post graduate training course.

I practice using a predominantly psychodynamic approach.

Previous counselling experience includes open ended work within a Young People's Centre in Finchley and an agency in Letchworth.

In addition I have previously worked with adults on both an open ended and time limited basis within a counselling charity in Stevenage.

I currently work with young people and adults at a counselling charity in Hitchin and with just adults within my private practice in Arlesey.

My experience to date has typically but not exclusively been around issues such as abuse / depression / anxiety / loss / bereavement / relational issues / work issues / existential issues.

Member organisations


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.


From £60.00 to £65.00

Additional information

I charge £60 - £65 for a fifty minute hour.  Where necessary, it may be possible to negotiate a lower fee.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I hold my private practice on Thursday and Friday.

Further information

To organise an initial assessment, please contact me on 07969 838436 or at jo.loach@gmail.com.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

On line and over the telephone