Jo Smallbones Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP
My aim is to provide a warm and supportive space where you feel comfortable exploring your thoughts and feelings around what has happened or is happening to you. You can rest assured I will not judge or patronise you, I will be alongside you, facilitating your self-reflection to help you to make sense of the difficult challenges you are currently experiencing. Using appropriate and effective counselling and coaching skills to meet your individual needs, together we will source ways of managing your mental wellbeing, freeing you up to new possibilities.
I work as an integrative therapist and I am qualified in therapeutic models such Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). These varying modalities enable me to tailor the therapy to meet your individual needs.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their guidelines and ethical framework. More details can be found at www.bacp.co.uk
How counselling can help;
Do you feel you have lost sight of your inner, confident and happier self? Maybe you feel unworthy, guilty and are self-critical, as you numb yourself to the painful feelings and thoughts by pushing them aside. Left unattended these negative thoughts can manifest as a prolonged overwhelming sense of helplessness, depression, chronic stress, anxiety and life-limiting illnesses.
I come from a place of compassion and dedication where I facilitate your self-exploration enabling you to reconnect and trust your innate resilience and resourcefulness. Often this self awareness is the enlightening nudge needed to step off the self-depreciating cycles that are holding you back. My aim is to empower you to bring about the changes you feel you need.
The sort of issues I can help you with:
These are wide ranging and can include; anxiety and chronic stress, depression, PTSD, family relationship issues, bullying, bereavement, loneliness, low self-esteem, domestic abuse/violence, coercive/emotional control, orientation, sexual abuse, discrimination, anger management, pet bereavement and many more.
Who I work with and where:
I work with clients from across all age ranges, from 18 up and beyond retirement. I am committed to offering a service that is welcoming to all backgrounds in a supportive, non-discriminatory manner.
I am able to help with many mental health issues (ref the list above) and have a lot of experience in working with Domestic Abuse Survivors - whilst some have had recent DA experiences, many are struggling to cope with PTSD, depression and anxiety as a result of an abusive relationship from many years ago.
I feel very honoured to be able to say that many of my clients come from personal recommendations and I run a busy private practice, from my peaceful, private and detached from my house, Therapy Room, in Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot.
I am offering a limited number of face to face counselling sessions and have a number of COVID secure measures in place to ensure clients safety - these are listed on my website.
I also offer online and telephone counselling, via Zoom (other video software is an option). I have found that clients respond very well to therapy in the familiar surroundings of their own home. They also enjoy the convenience of not having to factor in travelling times making it easier to set aside quality time for themselves.
I completed an Online & Telephone Counselling course that is mapped to BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines and accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). This enabled me to adapt my existing skill sets so I can deliver a private, confidential, safe and effective Online counselling service to all clients.
If you are unsure whether in-person or online counselling will work for you, or if you would like to meet me first to see if I am the right counsellor for you, then please get in touch. I offer a Free Initial Session so we can talk about your needs and considerations. You can contact me via email or phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Devon Counselling College)
Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner (CMP Training)
Certified Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology (HNLP) Coach
Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate (Iron Mill College)
Online & Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor) certified
Working with Anxiety & Chronic Stress (KRD Training)
Working with PTSD & Trauma (KRD Training)
Working with Self Harm & Self Sabotage (KRD Training)
Working with Creative Interventions in Counselling
I currently work as a counsellor for Torbay Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) and have extensive experience in working with survivors of Domestic Abuse.
I have also worked, as a volunteer counsellor for an agency providing mental wellbeing support and counselling for Carers in the local community.
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
I offer a free 45 minute introductory session for you to decide if I'm the right counsellor for you. It enables me to assess if I'm the "right fit" for the issues you want help with. It also helps me to decide on the most suitable therapeutic model for us to follow.
Individual Sessions are £45 an hour - limited concessionary rates are available.
Cancellations – Please note that 48 hours notice is required if you wish to cancel a session. If notice is not given the session will be charged at the full rate.