Jo Martin MBACP Counselling and Psychotherapy
20 North Street
Hi, I'm Jo - welcome! It is a brave thing to seek help when things aren't working, and therapy can be a wonderful process to engage in. Some people find it daunting at first, but soon get into it, while others are very ready to take the step and really enjoy the opportunity it gives them to take some time to discover more about themselves. Sometimes people feel ready but aren't sure what to expect. Sometimes going through the pain is tough going at first, but as sessions move on, it becomes easier and you can feel lighter and relieved to get it all off your chest. Happily, a good course of therapy can empower and liberate you - have courage and make that call!
Why have counselling or psychotherapy?
People seek help for lots of different reasons. Sometimes life simply feels difficult and we need to explore and work out why with the help of someone else. Sometimes we have been wounded, in our past or in our present, or both, and we need help recovering from those traumas and the feelings they are causing. Or perhaps we just can't seem to make things work the way we want them to. We try to carry on the way we always have but nothing shifts, or strategies that used to work no longer do. Maybe we compensate for our unhappiness by throwing ourselves into work, or addictions, or caring for others, or other ways, when what we really need is time to reflect and space to gain clarity so that we can heal and move forward.
Perhaps it is the messages that important others have given us that hold us back, or events that have happened to us that influence how we feel about ourselves or our lives, and these can prevent us from living fully or in a satisfying way.
Working with someone who offers you something different in the present while honouring your experience can change the way you see yourself and your life and this could offer either the relief that you seek or an element of choice and freedom that has been absent from your life. It can be hard to believe this when you feel unhappy or anxious or moving at 100 miles an hour, but giving it a chance could be your first step forward. Give yourself this gift of space and time and give me a call.
What sort of service can you expect?
At my home office in Braunton, I can offer you skilled attention, as well as time; here you can find the refuge you need to reflect and consider the areas in your life that are making you unhappy and you can begin to move forward towards the life you want to live.
If this sounds like it might be for you, get in touch - I am always honoured to work with clients and their stories, and my clients often say that being able to speak freely with someone who is neutral and isn't judging them makes such a difference. For me, it is a privilege to bear witness and be with someone willing to walk their truth and get into who they really are.
Don't delay - you are worth it. Call me to speak to me directly or leave a message with how I can reach you and I will call you back, or if you would rather email me some details, that is fine too. Either way, you are not alone and on a journey such as therapy, you need a good companion, so make that move today and get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling - Distinction
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP Accredited)
Experience in General Counselling at a local Medical Centre - ongoing
Learning is a life-long process, and a commitment to further training, and a deepening of my skills and knowledge is something I value and look forward to.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
£40 per 50 minute session - cash, bank transfer or paypal.
I offer concessions, please ask.
Issues I work with:
I work with lots of different people and a number of different issues, from bereavement to anxiety to depression, in my counselling and psychotherapy work in a busy medical centre. Using the Integrative model as a foundation can pave the way to a lot of successful work with a variety of life problems.
I also know a fair amount about trauma, childhood or adult, one off or systematic, and how it affects the body and mind, finding the work of Babette Rothschild, Bessel Van der Kolk and in particular Peter Levine helpful, and have worked successfully with people with post-traumatic stress. This type of working can help people who have suffered with all sorts of traumatic events from birth trauma to combat trauma, even to those working with other people's trauma such as fire-fighters or teaching personnel dealing with the trauma of their students.
I feel strongly that PTSD is not something that you have to live with indefinitely and am willing and able to work with dark or scary events and histories and this has the potential to offer you restoration and healing. When you have experienced trauma, it is natural to attempt to lock it away forever, hoping that denying it will help you get on with your life, which it might, for a bit, but the symptoms of post-traumatic stress - headaches, insomnia and/or nightmares, digestive disturbances, anxiety, to name a few - tell a story, and the challenge for survivors is to speak the unspeakable, to make the unspoken spoken, and to take back their lives. But you cannot do it alone.
The irony is that locking it away keeps it ever present, and until the past is reclaimed the present and future will always be out of reach. If you have suffered a recent trauma or lived a dark and haunting past that refuses to rest, I can offer you help. Don't suffer in silence - there is a way out, and although you might not feel like it (often trauma survivors think there are others with much worse things that have happened) it is important you get the help you deserve. Don't hesitate to get in touch if this seems like it might fit your circumstances.
The way I work:
In terms of ways of working, I can work in a number of different ways depending on the approach which suits you whether it is finding strategic coping strategies in the present, a deeper look at your circumstances and what is troubling you, or creative activities such as working with practical resources, or a combination. Really, this is something I will discuss with you at the outset to tailor your therapy to how you like to work, as I do with all my clients.
Regardless of how we work, everything is underpinned by my training in the concepts and methods of the Integrative Model of Psychotherapy, developed by Richard Erskine, PhD, and the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy.
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