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About me

I think deciding to have any type of therapy is such a difficult step to make and picking the right person when you're flooded with info is a lot to take in!

So I'll try and keep this brief :)

How I work
I help clients work through their problems by focusing on their feelings using counselling or meditation. That might sound like gibberish but, honestly, it works.

If you feel lost with your emotions, whether you don't understand how you're feeling, or you can't stop feeling a certain way, I can help you work through it and increase your self-awareness so that you won't get to this point again!

I'm a Person-Centred therapist and I can help you work out your issues in a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential space.

I work at your pace and I don't set tasks or diagnose you.

Instead, I help you to dig deep into your feelings and work out what's fuelling them, why, and how to stop them from affecting you.

I also offer guided meditations and mindfulness sessions for you to use in your own time. The main goal of meditation is to find peace and calm and it's achieved by developing your self-awareness. With mindfulness meditation, you can develop an awareness of the true nature of your reality.

Who I work with
I’ve counselled clients who have experienced:

  • loss from suicide,
  • grief,
  • the trauma of wrongful death of a loved one,
  • anger,
  • poor health,
  • disability,
  • childhood trauma,
  • loneliness,
  • problems at home and/or work.

I also support people who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Colitis) because I know how tough it can be due to my own experiences. Stress can be a huge trigger for flares, so talking through your issues or using meditation to manage your stress can help with the pain. I've used counselling and meditation myself to manage my symptoms for over 5 years.

Meditations
I offer meditation sessions that can help with:

  • stress,
  • anxiety,
  • sleep,
  • low mood,
  • self-acceptance,
  • grounding,
  • clearing chakra's
  • mindfulness,
  • health issues.

They make you feel relaxed, bring a sense of calm, and they can also be incorporated into your counselling sessions if you want them to be.

How to get in touch
To get started, you can call or email me to arrange an initial phone call to discuss what you want counselling/meditation for and what I can offer to help you. This is free and informal and it shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes. Then from here, we can arrange when, how and where you want your sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling as a Person Centred Therapist. I am trained to work in an ethical and professional capacity, with the ability to apply counselling theory to support clients.

I am registered with BACP and I follow their ethical framework to ensure that I work with clients in a safe and competent way.

I also have a Diploma in Meditation. I create my own meditations to help with all kinds of issues, and they range from beginners level up to advanced, depending on your comfort levels. They can be pre-recorded for you to use in your own time, written or done during a session - whichever suits you best.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • IBS

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Sessions are for 50 minutes and prices listed are per session.

  • Online Counselling - £35
  • Telephone Counselling - £35
  • Face-to-face Counselling - £45
  • Home Visit - £45
  • Meditation - £15

Further information

I offer online, telephone and face-to-face counselling, and meditation - with social distancing in place.

Online counselling is a way for you to have therapy using online chat, telephone or webcam video. You choose which method you feel most comfortable with, as well as the time, the place and the frequency of your sessions. I use Zoom which is encrypted to protect your confidentiality and security. Don't worry if you've never used it before, I can send you a cheat sheet on how to download and use it.

Telephone counselling is great if you're not local to me (Scarisbrick), you don't feel comfortable with online counselling, or you struggle to get out and about.

Face-to-face counselling is held in an airy room with seating that is over 2m apart. I wear a visor, and I have them available for clients so that we can see each other's faces.

Home visits can be arranged for counselling and meditation so please get in touch if this is what you are looking for.

Meditations are available as pre-recorded sessions, live, or in a written format. They can be emailed or posted out to you, as well as live online through Zoom, face-to-face or at your home.

I can offer counselling via your insurance, please ask them to get in touch with me.

88A Sussex Road
Southport
Merseyside
PR9 0SL

Scarisbrick
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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

I offer sessions in your own home for people who struggle to get out and about.

Availability

Sessions are available on Tuesday afternoons and weekday evenings.

Meditations can be emailed on request.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Jo Thomas - Friendly Therapist

Jo Thomas - Friendly Therapist