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About me

My approach is kind, holistic and restorative. I have specialist experience supporting those with experiences of chronic anxiety and overwhelm.

When experiences are confusing, overwhelming, recurrent, conflicting or difficult to share with those around you, it can be hard to find a way through your own.  People often come to me when they would like professional help or find it difficult to share their struggle with others in their life.  For example I can help with

  • Crisis, heartbreak and loss
  • Going through an illness or diagnosis (your own or another's)
  • Processing a traumatic experience
  • Conflicting or recurring/enduring thoughts or feelings such as guilt, worry, overwhelm, anger, emptyness
  • Difficulty in knowing what you want, need, think or feel
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Changes in circumstances including stressful life events or stages
  • Discovering meaning and purpose

Many describe going away from their first session with a sense of immediate relief to have begun finding a way through what seemed difficult or impossible on their own.

Our work together will be guided by you so you will never need to share, say or do anything you don’t want to.  You can expect transparency from me and to be met with care and understanding rather than judgement.

Next Steps

If you are interested in working together, you can enquire or arrange an initial session by phone, text or email. Alternatively if you would like to find out a bit more ahead of getting in touch, you can visit my website.

What Happens at an Initial Meeting?

In an initial session we would take time with what you would like from therapy, any questions or fears you have and consider how we might work together. If I felt I could not offer what you hope for, I would be clear about this and recommend another practitioner or service where possible. You need not make a decision about working together at the initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CTTP level 2 2019-2021, Janina Fisher)
  • Internal Family Systems Level 1 (2021, IFS Portugal)
  • Certificate in Group Facilitation (2020, Re-Vision)
  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals & Groups (2018, The Grove)
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (ABC awards, 2014)

Experience

  • Counsellor/ therapist & supervisor (Private practice, Totnes & online, 2015 - present)
  • Tutor & assistant course director (Devon & Cornwall Counselling Hub, 2016 - present)
  • Counsellor (Simply Counselling Community Interest Company, 2013 - 2018)

Prior to beginning therapeutic work, I studied and worked for 10 years at the University of Oxford and later for Glasgow University as an applied statistics researcher and lecturer. Whilst therapeutic work is very different in nature, I bring with me clear thinking and an ability to hold focus and recognise patterns within a wider context.  I find this helps me to work gently and effectively with complex and confusing experiences.

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a limited number of concessionary spaces so please do ask if the full fee is not viable for you. I appreciate talking about money can be difficult and aim to make what I offer as accessible to all as possible.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Totnes
Devon
TQ9

Redlake Trading Estate
Ivybridge
Devon
PL21

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS checked

If meeting in person, the usual venue I work from requires a single flight of steps.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

The Supervisory Process and My Approach I see supervision as a joint undertaking where we will evaluate and reflect on your work including your personal process and self awareness.

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Jo Schroeder (reg. MBACP, DPhil)

Jo Schroeder (reg. MBACP, DPhil)