Jo Schroeder (reg. MBACP, DPhil)
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.
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
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.
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. 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
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 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.