Jo Lucas

Jo Lucas

About me

Welcome. As an experienced counsellor and therapist I can offer you a supportive safe and professional environment for us to explore the issues that are troubling you.

My practice is based on the belief that we are all unique individuals and that the relationship between the two people in the room is the most important factor. I use an integrative approach, drawing on a range of theories and research, focussing on those which I think are most useful to the person with me. I know from my own experience that by developing a deeper understanding of ourselves, we can make real changes in our lives and grow into ourselves.
I am an experienced counsellor, having worked in Cambridge for 7 years and run a counselling service in London some years ago. People I have worked with say I am approachable and offer a supportive and non judgemental environment

If you feeling anxious, stressed, or lacking in self confidence or are facing problems in your relationships or at work, counselling and therapy can be really helpful.

Working together we can identify those things which trouble you, see if we can identify any causes and think about how you might like to respond to people and situations in a different way through learning some new skills. In therapy sessions we often look at how to shift away from old and unhelpful patterns or to find new ways to deal with those situations where you find yourself reacting in a way you don't much like.

Therapy, for me, is about making changes which enable you to grow into yourself, to become who you would like to be.

I am  happy to work with people who have experience of using mental health services.

I run assertiveness workshops for women a couple of times a year.  These small groups, no more than 8 women, are great fun and an accessible way to develop new skills and feel better about yourself.

I am available Monday to Thursday before and after work and during the day. My first appointment is at 8.00am, the last at 8.00pm.
In the first session I will ask you some questions about what brings you to counselling now and what has happened in your past. We will talk about different approaches to working together so that you feel comfortable and I can support you in your journey.
I offer both short and long term counselling and therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed range of counselling courses in the 80's mostly in Gestalt. I then did lots of short courses on stress and anxiety management, relaxation, communication skills and assertiveness as well as organisational development, management and capacity building.

I have a BSc Hons in Psychology and Sociology and an MSc in Social Work and Social Policy

I have an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in West London.

I  have a Certificate in Relational Supervision and therefore offer supervision to people training and practising as counsellors and therapists.

I have a certificate in Relational Coaching and am happy to offer coaching to people who are wanting to change or develop at work.

I am accredited  by the UKCP.

I ran a counselling service for a local Mind Association for some years.

I now have a private practice in Cambridge where I have been seeing people for 7 years.

I have worked for 30 years in mental health and social work here and abroad as a social worker, counsellor, teacher and trainer.

Member organisations

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

A lot of the work I do with people is around work and employment, low-self esteem and identity issues. I also offer an anger management programme, either a structured 6 week programme focussing on different topics each week or a longer term exploration of what triggers you and how to change the behaviour that you are not comfortable with.

Therapies offered


The fee for a one hour session is £70 - £45 depending on your income.

Further information

I work with Cambridge Counselling Service in Chesterton and on Madingley Road. Both sites are easily accessed by bus, and have a car and bike park. Chesterton is 20 minute walk from the centre of town.

Maps & Directions

Cambridge, CB4

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Contact me to find my current availability. I work on Mondays,Tuesdays and Wednesdays and have some evening slots.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I have a certificate in Relational Supervision and have taught supervision to social workers for many years.

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