I am an empathic, caring Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor who practises an Integrative model of Relational Counselling. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy alongside a Person-centred approach and Psychodynamic work. This is with people who have a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, work with anger, relationships difficulties, OCD, food disorders, bereavement/loss, feeling suicidal and alone. I use short term or open ended therapy tailored to your needs. My emphasis is very much on creating a relaxed, supportive and non-judgemental environment and I try to tailor my therapeutic style to fit your individual needs. I always keep what you want at the heart of the work. You will be accepted in a confidential setting where you can explore your feelings safely. We will work together at your pace and establish what is important for you. The focus of this therapy links your past experiences with your present situation, the possible impact on the future and looks at your own meaning and understanding. This helps you to understand yourself more effectively and to take greater control of your life. It is often found that experiencing ourselves in this way helps us to understand and accept ourselves and others better. It may lead to changes in how you see yourself, your situation and others. Whatever the issue, there will be a way to talk about it in counselling. It provides an open, safe space where difficult situations and memories can be managed, held and worked through.
I also provide supervision privately by phone, online for counsellors and students. I am empathic, non-judgemental and believe that my role is to support and nourish as well as provide ethical and educative help.
I enjoy cycling, walking and activities such as dancing and singing. I feel healthy wellbeing is very important for our mental health. I practise Mindfulness and am happy to explore relaxation and guided visualisation techniques with clients. I feel the ability to relax is very important in helping every day stresses.
I receive regular clinical supervision to ensure that I am working both ethically and in my client's best interests.
"It was easy talking to Jo. Opening up and being honest with myself was quite hard in the beginning. A trust bond was established, which helped my healing process. This has helped restore my confidence and self-esteem".
"I feel I have a future now, instead of spending the rest of my life regretting the past".
"Most helpful was - gaining tools to effectively continue my positive development outside of my sessions and put into practice the techniques learned. Most essential was finding a safe environment in which to express my feelings and emotions in a contained space".
"I am so glad I continued and persevered through some very challenging times. Seeing Jo was my light along the way".
"Meditation and Mindfulness helped me relax and feel calmer. Talking about previous problems helped them to diminish".
"Thank you Jo, I've got my life back".
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a PG Dip in Integrative Counselling from the University of Wales, Newport (BACP Accredited).
I have a PG Dip in Consultative Supervision from the University of Wales, Newport.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I am an Accredited Counsellor and I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics and am supervised and insured.
I work in a Relational Integrative way using elements of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and a person centred approach. I am on the Accredited Voluntary Register.
I also practise Mindfulness and feel that relaxation and visualisation are very important.
I worked in the Monmouthshire Multi-Agency Centre for several years where I had referrals from Llamau (MODAS), Victim Support and Women's Aid (men and women). I also previously worked at Women's Aid in Pontypool for several years.
I supervise privately students and counsellors
I work with clients who have experienced: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship problems, abuse in the home from spouses, partners, parents and children, bereavement, grief and loss, lack of confidence, suicidal thoughts, stress including Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), food disorders, OCD, anger, feeling alone and many other difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Payment is by cash, cheque or BACS, payable at the end of the session.
Assessment/Introductory Hour - £35.00
Hourly sessions afterwards - £45.00
Assessment/Introductory Hour - £45.00
Hourly sessions afterwards - £55.00
1 1/2 hours - £60.00
I currently work online on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings.
I have a private practice at home but I am not doing face to face counselling at present because of Covid-19 but can offer telephone, Whatsapp, Skype.