Dr Jo McColl, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, BSc DClinPsy CPsychol
Hi my name is Dr Jo McColl, I am a consultant clinical psychologist with over 22 years of clinical experience, offering clinical psychology sessions in the North Glasgow area of central Scotland. Please have a read through my website for further information and I hope I can help you. All enquires are welcome. Please note that I am only working online at present due to COVID but hope to return to my clinic room as soon as possible.
Many people are affected by everyday stresses and strains and sometimes this can become quite overwhelming and take over many aspects of your life. Psychological therapies can be very effective to help you to understand your difficulties, where they may have come from and what is keeping them going. There may come a time when some extra help from a certified and regulated professional can help you learn how to cope with many of life’s challenges. I am here to work together with you and for you to learn how to help yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 21 years of clinical experience within the NHS. I am a friendly, down to earth and compassionate therapist currently offering clinical psychology sessions within the North Glasgow area. In my recent NHS post, I worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service for over 8 years. I have a wide range of experience and have worked across the spectrum of mental health presentations of differing levels of severity, from mild / moderate to severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
My special interest is in delivering psychological interventions for trauma, particularly with people with a history of childhood sexual abuse. I have lengthy experience of working with various presentations including:
- Anxiety (including panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety).
- Depression / low mood.
- Trauma presentations (e.g., post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD).
- Eating disorders.
- Adjustment disorders.
- Relationship difficulties.
- Bereavement / grief.
This is not an exhaustive list so please contact me to discuss how I may be able to help you.
I graduated with a first class BSc honours degree in Psychology from The University of Glasgow in 1997. I then completed a 3 year postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, graduating from The University of Glasgow in 2001.
I am a member of the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC number PYL24099) and I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. The HCPC is the regulatory body for all clinical psychologists and membership of this demonstrates that I have the appropriate qualifications and experience to practice as a clinical psychologist and that I meet the HCPC high standards of training, education, conduct, ethics and professional skills.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
You are welcome to call me for a 10-15 minute chat about what you are looking for and if you think you would like to make a face to face appointment. You can also drop me an email if this suits you better. This initial telephone or email contact is FREE.
Psychological Assessment and Therapy: sessions are charged at £120 for a 50-55 minute session. I am registered with major health insurers including BUPA, AXA and AVIVA amongst others. My current working hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 230pm.
I am trained in and can deliver a range of evidence based psychological interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), schema focused therapy, phase based interventions for complex trauma, solution focused therapy and compassion focused therapy. I also draw upon other therapeutic approaches and theories including mindfulness based therapy and psychodynamic theory.
I usually work integratively, meaning that I combine several therapeutic approaches in order to provide specific, individually tailored psychological interventions with the aim of helping you improve more quickly. The therapeutic approaches that I use have been researched and shown to be effective psychological therapies as demonstrated in published guidelines.
I have a dedicated therapy room in ‘The Wellbeing Rooms’ in Bearsden, North Glasgow. This has recently been fully refurbished and decorated and is a very welcoming, calm, comfortable and therapeutic space. It is set up in line with COVID guidance and the room chairs are socially distanced (over 2m apart), the room is fully ventilated and hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities are available.
My therapy room is near Bearsden train station, making it ideal if you are travelling via public transport. Free parking is available on Kirk Road (one hour return), at the Coop carpark, Bearsden train station and in nearby residential areas. There is a 3 hour free parking car park at the bottom of Kirk Road and a pay and display car park at St Andrews church on Roman Road.
Further information regarding what to expect from therapy can be found on my website www.mccollclinicalpsychology.co.uk. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.