Jo Oates

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Counselling & TA Psychotherapy. Accredited & Reg BACP member
Available for new clients
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Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified therapist with over 14 years of experience to help you.  I have worked with many people through difficult times in their lives, with trauma, abuse, relationship issues, depression and anxiety as well as many other issues. 

I know life can sometimes 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, explore underlying issues, 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 extensive 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 a wealth of 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 with adults in the NHS in local GP surgeries, and now in my private practice in Bingley.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 14 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 seven 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).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling: £55 per hour.

Supervision: £60 per hour.

When I work

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Further information

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.

Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My therapy room is on the ground floor but there is one step up into the building

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


In person

I have over 7 years of experience as a clinical supervisor and have worked with trainees, newly qualified counsellors through to very experienced practitioners.

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