Jo Schroeder (reg. MBACP, DPhil)

Jo Schroeder (reg. MBACP, DPhil)




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About me

I work with individuals using a psycho-spiritual approach; specialising on the impact of neglect and trauma. I integrate latest research into my approach to support restoration on all levels.

A Holistic Approach

I see us as human beings with a wholeness emerging from our many parts and capacities - including our thoughts, body sensation, emotions, purpose, our sense of connection with others and our greater environment (which some may call soul or spirituality). Through our life experiences, in order to cope and survive we may come to disconnect, adapt or perhaps not develop in some aspects of our selves often without knowing it has happened. This helps us cope in the short term but can create difficulties in the long run.

Often, we see indicators of this through our experiences for example of anxiety, disillusionment, shame, chronic emptiness, anger, rage, depression, confusion, low self-confidence or esteem. Many people come to therapy with these experiences not knowing how to come through them or wanting to know how to get rid of them, or perhaps having tried to ignore them.

My intention is not to get rid of them, in working together we may take time to listen and respond in a way which can bring understanding, clarity, restore connection so you can live with a greater sense of wholeness and fulfilment.

The therapeutic process can bring clarity and profound transformation on all levels including how you feel in your body, your emotions, your thoughts, your spirituality (which might be your sense of connection with others and your environment) and in what brings life meaning to you. This can restore and/or develop your capacity to be yourself and make choices which align with what matters to you.

How Does Talking Help?

There are many ways of understanding how `talking' can help, and theories are now being supported by research and neuroscience.  There is evidence to suggest that simply naming a feeling helps to alleviate the distress of having it.  In therapy I believe that profound change occurs when we go beyond `talking about' and allow ourselves connect with our experience, give voice to it and value it.

It means I will be interested in your experience of what it is like now speaking to me.  Often we carry with us, physically as well as mentally or emotionally, needs which haven't been met or experiences we haven't understood. Through talking in therapy we can take time to connect with, express and understand what we may be carrying with us which may include our feelings around what we carry.  This can help bring understanding, a sense of relief and opportunity to put down what we may have carried or respond to what we need or want.

Next Steps

I hope that here you may have begun to experience a sense of getting to know me and my approach. 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 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

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and my training comprised three year part time study, alongside which I was in therapy myself. Since qualification, I have continued my personal and professional development which includes an ongoing training group informed by Psychosynthesis. I work with the foundations of who we are with an understanding of how our psychological development may be impaired through early life experiences. I can offer reparative work in therapy which is usually longer term.

Professional Membership

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)and am listed on their register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This gives you an assurance that I meet and adhere to their high professional standards and gives you a place to turn should you have concerns.

I am dedicated to ethical practice - guided by the code of ethics of the BACP. This means I attend to my own continued personal and professional development with the aim of working in the best way I can with you. If I felt I could not meet what you need I would let you know and refer you to another professional, where possible.  I aim to live and work with integrity, transparency and genuineness so that you can always know where you stand.


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, an ability to hold focus and recognise patterns within a wider context, and a grounding in how to use theory to make my work most effective. This, together with my sensitivity, intuition and genuine care helps me to work gently and effectively with complex and confusing experiences

My clinical experience as a counsellor has involved 5 years with Simply Counselling Community Interest Company, where I have worked with a wide range of people and presenting issues. Here I received specialised training in working with the impacts of physical, mental, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect which may include post traumatic stress, confusion and interruptions to psychological development. I now work in private practice as a therapist and supervisor.

I am a tutor with the Devon and Cornwall Counselling Hub where I have brought together two of the things I am most passionate about. This continues to deepen and develop my own professional skills and gives me an understanding of the challenges which may face trainees in their therapeutic process and professional development

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£20 for the initial one hour session.

£40 per hour for subsequent sessions.

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.

Maps & Directions

Totnes, TQ9
Plymouth, PL6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday 10am - 6.30pm, Tuesday 9am - 12pm, Thursdays 9am – 12pm. I have limited Saturday and evening availability and welcome enquiries.

Types of client


Supervision & training

Are you looking to enhance the quality and creativity of your work?  Looking for a supervisor who could both support you in your practice and invite you to consider where you might develop?  As an integrative supervisor I do not believe there is a ‘right’ way of working which means I welcome working with therapists of different modalities and will invite you to own your practice which will differ from mine. .

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