Jo Oates . Counselling and TA Psychotherapy. Accredited Registered BACP member.
Sometimes life can feel harder or more complicated, and your usual ways of coping are no longer effective. I offer a safe environment and a warm non judgemental relationship which creates a space to help you reflect, understand your thoughts and feelings, increase your awareness of what has or is happening and explore your options. Working together we can increase the capacity for personal change and to feel more in control of your life.
Within our sessions we can also help you understand why you feel like you do, draw from early life experiences or events which may have created unhelpful cycles or patterns in your life. The strength of our working relationship determines the success of counselling and in my experience people are more likely to get to the root of their issues if they can feel trust and be accepted for who they are. I believe you are the expert on yourself and your life but sometimes we need someone to help us reflect and think more clearly for a period of time. I respect that all of us are individuals and all have diverse and different experiences, feelings and beliefs and I draw from the different theories I have learnt during my training to find the right approach for you.
My philosophy is that everyone has potential, meaning that change and personal growth is always possible. I have experience of working with many different presenting and underlying issues which can manifest in many ways. At our initial meeting we can discuss how we might work together, carry out an assessment of your needs and an indication of how we might proceed. I offer short and long term counselling, which can also be discussed at our first session.
I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and am Accredited and Registered with the BACP (The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I am also trained in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Practice and the theories behind this approach can help our understanding of childhood issues or early trauma and the impact this can have on us today.
My back ground is in child development and working with children and families in stressful and traumatic circumstances. My counselling training then led me to work with young adults in University settings and now with adults in my private practice in Bingley and also in the NHS in local GP’s surgeries.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 11 years of counselling experience working with people through difficult times in their lives. I offer a safe confidential environment and a warm and non judgemental approach.
I have over five years experience as a clinical supervisor and have worked with trainees, newly qualified counsellors through to very experienced practitioners. Also supporting therapists through their accreditation application.
- Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Practice. The TA Training Organisation (2020).
- Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis. The TA Training Organisation (2018).
- Counselling for Depression/ Emotion Focused Therapy. York St Johns university (2016).
- Diploma in Counselling Supervision. Leeds Centre for Psychological Development (2015).
- BACP Accreditation (2014).
- HE Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Leeds Metropolitan University (2010).
- Transactional Analysis 101. Bradford University (2009).
- Certificate in Counselling Skills. Park Lane College (2006).
- Diploma in Childhood Studies. Shipley College (2000).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling: £50 per hour.
Supervision: £55 per hour or £80 for one a half hours.
I offer day time and some evening appointments
What counselling does
- Provides a therapeutic relationship which allows the space to enable change.
- Helps us become more aware of what we learn and experience in childhood and how this shapes the way we relate to ourselves and others.
- Understand negative thought processes and cycles of depression.
- Having space to explore what is causing a problem.
- Increase your awareness of underlying issues.