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MBACP Accred, MNCS Prof Accred, Dip Counselling

About me

Hello, are you looking for a counsellor who can offer warmth, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude within an honest, trusting and secure environment?

My name is Jo and I am fully qualified and accredited professional with National Counselling Society and I am a BACP accredited Person Centred Counsellor with over 12 years extensive experience of working in a variety of NHS primary care settings as well as more traditional counselling settings.. Through my clinical work, in particular within community mental health settings, I have wide experience of working with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, relationship difficulties, and loss. 

I offer a confidential, safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. People seek counselling for many reasons. Some are feeling depressed, anxious, having difficulties in relationships. Some come because they feel sad and empty inside and others because of feelings of guilt or low self-esteem. Mostly, people seek counselling because they feel stuck, unsatisfied or lost in their lives. The overall aim of our sessions together is to work towards living in a way which is more satisfying and resourceful for you.

I offer one to one counselling sessions usually once a week. Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually on the same day and at the same time each week. Counselling can be open-ended or time-limited. You can either agree a set number of counselling sessions at the outset and focus on a particular issue or begin counselling and see how you progress before deciding how long you wish to continue. You determine the pace of counselling and we can regularly review your progress and your thoughts and feelings about the work we do together.

Please feel free to call, text or email me and we can arrange an initial appointment to talk about how and when we can work together. If you are unsure about talking therapy and whether it would be helpful for you, I am happy to provide a free pre-arranged 20 minutes phone or video consultation to help you decide. There is an opportunity for you to see if you feel that we would be able to work together and to ask me any questions you may have about counselling. It is also an opportunity for me to understand what has brought you to counselling at this point in your life and of your expectations for the work. 

Counselling sessions are completely confidential and it is important that you feel able to speak freely about your issues. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and in accordance with this all my client work is supervised by a trained and experienced supervisor.

I have availability all day Friday and Saturday morning, also some evening appointments. Sessions can be either face to face, zoom or telephone

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 12 years working in the NHS 
  • Macmillan Counsellor- Current role
  • Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor -Compton Care (hospice)
  • Volunteer Counsellor- RSVP Rape and sexual violence project
  • Nottingham University 
Advanced Certificate in Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CFD) NICE approved IAPT therapy 

  • Exeter University

    Interpersonal Psychotherapy NICE approved IAPT therapy
  • Wolverhampton College

    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 5 
  • University of Birmingham 
    Introductory Practitioner Course in using Cognitive Behaviour Approach 

  • An Experiential Introduction to ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) 
Skill Development Workshop in ACT 

  • The Open University

    BSc Psychology 
  • Wolverhampton College
    
Level 3 In counselling Skills and Theory
  • NHS 
    Advanced Care Planning 
  • Train the Trainer: Breast Health
    Train the Trainer: Bowel Cancer
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
    City & Guilds level 3 Certificate for Health Trainers
    Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing
  • Diabetes UK
    Conversion Map Facilitator for Diabetes self-management
  • Wolverhampton College (2009 - 2010) 
    Diploma in Health, Safety, Security and Employment Standards 

    Diploma in Non-medical Nutritional Advice 

  • RSPH Royal Society for Public Health
    Level 2 award in Healthier Food and Special Diets
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate 

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Fees

£52.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Currently the fees are £52 per session. Fees can be negotiated in cases of financial hardship and this can be discussed at the first session.

I also offer concessions to trainee counsellors. 

Wherever possible, appointments will be rearranged in the event of a client’s ill health or unforeseen circumstances but missed appointments are payable at the full fee.

When I work

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Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61

Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom