Jo Mercer

London, SW1W 0EN
07732 064498 07732 064498 Registered / Accredited

About me

During the current COVID-19 crisis, I am able to work on-line and by phone. 

I specialise in working with women who outwardly appear confident, but who secretly want their internal turmoil and self-doubt to stop.  I will help you bring back clarity to your life, so that you can begin to make choices that are more congruent with your true goals.

Is that you?  I’m sure you started out hoping for a bright future.  Perhaps you began college or university with the dream of using your intelligence and talent to create something original and beautiful.  You were full of hopes and dreams.  You certainly had the qualifications and imagination to create the life you wanted for yourself.

Real life’s more complicated than that, right?  Or that’s what you tell yourself.  It’s just that you have a sneaking suspicion that life is more complicated for you than it appears to be for other people.  Perhaps it seems as though your friends and colleagues feel more confident than you do, more able to push ahead with their ideas without being plagued by doubt.  Whereas for you, there always seems to be something holding you back, and sometimes it even feels as though you are sabotaging your own success.  Perhaps you are in a relationship where, whatever you do, your needs seem to come low on the list.  What’s more, you don’t really understand why it feels so difficult for you, why you never feel good enough.  On top of that, you worry about what others think of you, and so over time you’ve developed a mask to hide that vulnerable part of yourself.  It’s a secret.  And in that isolation it’s beginning to feel that no-one really knows about the you on the inside.

What would it feel like to work collaboratively with someone who does know all about that?  Who, in a calm and confidential space, will help you make sense of that internal turmoil so that you become more able to make choices and be the whole person you really are?

I have worked successfully with many women like you. People who were able to untangle profound internal conflicts to understand and change what had held them back.

My own personal experience of being helped by therapy inspired me to train as a psychotherapist.  Now let me help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at WPF, one of the longest standing and most respected therapeutic organisations in the UK.  My Post Graduate Diploma is accredited by Roehampton University.

After working in the clinic at WPF, I set up in private practice.  I am based at Westminster Therapy Associates, a group practice of similarly qualified practitioners in Westminster, close to Victoria Station in central London.

I have also worked as an Associate Counsellor at Roehampton University, where I treated young people with complex mental health needs.

I am a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) and The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Having undertaken rigorous trainings in counselling and psychotherapy, offer both options within my practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with parents who have a child with Special Needs.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Regular weekly sessions cost between £70 and £90 and last for 50 minutes.

Further information

Choosing the right therapist for you involves finding someone you feel you can trust and confide in.  It is equally important that your therapist has undertaken a rigorous accredited training, and is appropriately registered with the relevant professional bodies.

I provide a safe, calm and confidential environment, where you can identify, explore and work through the things that are troubling you.

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6 Lower Grosvenor Place
London
SW1W 0EN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

The practice is on the first floor, and unfortunately there is no lift.

Availability

I currently have availability on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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