Dr Jo McKay ~ DPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Hi, I'm Jo, I am a Counselling Psychologist working online and in London.
My main therapeutic approaches are Psychodynamic Therapy or CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), however I will always consider the needs of the individual and, if more suitable, work in an integrative way utilising aspects of both models of therapy in such a way as to meet the person's needs.
What to Expect during Psychological therapy
I understand that coming to a first meeting can create anxiety. The aim of my psychology practice is to tailor therapy to you and your needs.
During your initial meeting, we can talk about your difficulties and reasons for seeking therapy. We can explore what you want to get from therapy and consider any previous experiences of therapies that you might have had.
It can be helpful to talk a little about your childhood and about your life experiences to date so that we can better understand your current problems or concerns in a wider context. Through this we can arrive at a joint understanding of your concerns which helps us decide whether therapy with me will be helpful.
We can discuss the model of therapy which I think might be most helpful for you and think together about the number of sessions which might be needed. If you decide to proceed, we can think about whether it would be helpful to have a review at a certain stage to see whether therapy is meeting your needs.
During your first meeting you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and after an initial consultation there is no need to continue if you decide not to. Please do email me to discuss further how I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
I work with individuals for short, time-limited periods or for longer term open-ended therapies. I abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the BPS and the Standards of the HCPC.
I trained as a counselling psychologist at City University. I have many years experience working in private practice and previously within the NHS providing a psychological service to community mental health teams and working within a psychological therapies team offering both short and longer term individual and group therapies. During this time I also developed and ran a programme for Anger Management and treatment.
Throughout this time, I enjoyed providing supervision to clinical and counselling psychologists, both qualified and within training and also to other professionals including nurses, social workers and junior doctors. A very rewarding part of my work involved facilitating reflective practice groups for other professional groups. I have experience in teaching and running workshops within the NHS, voluntary and private sector.
My research interests include attachment and impact on psychotherapy outcome, outcomes in therapy and the effectiveness of staff consultation groups.
- Chartered by the British Psychological Society
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- Member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer supervision to qualified psychologists and for those in training. The format of supervision sessions is tailored to the individual's needs and preferences.
I have experience of working with a wide range of mental health difficulties, and have an interest in and experience of working with problems associated with university including undergraduates, post graduates and academics.
I offer consultation to organisations.
I am also interested in mental health issues of men.
- Assessment and individual therapy fees according to location, from £120.
- Supervision trainees £60 per hour.
- Supervision qualified psychologists by arrangement.
My private practice is based in Mayfair and in the City, this is where I see individuals for therapy. Sessions cancelled with less than 7 days' notice, or those not attended, are charged at full rate.
I am also a registered provider with many Health Insurance schemes.
Please check your Health Insurance provider before embarking on sessions to make sure your policy is valid and your sessions will be covered in full. You will need to check with them as to how many sessions are authorised. If you do not do this and later find out that the Insurers will not pay, you will be liable for the fees.
Please contact me to check my availability.