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Dip.Couns, MNCS

About me

Hello, I'm Jo and I'm a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist offering individual counselling to adults over the age of 18, in person, online and over the phone.

My background is in therapeutic counselling, but I include elements from other counselling approaches, such as Gestalt therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-informed work to suit the needs of my clients.

What can I expect from counselling?

I will provide you with a safe, confidential, relaxed place to share your worries and concerns and to talk through the challenges you are currently facing.  I believe that whatever has led you to seek counselling can be explored and processed without judgement, with the aim to help make sense of the difficulties you may be experiencing and ultimately help you to move forward in your life.

Counselling sessions are typically 50 mins on a weekly basis and I recommend starting with six sessions initially.  I am happy to work on a short or long term basis to suit your needs. 

Getting Started...
Getting in touch is easy, just visit my website - and click on Availability and Contact to find out how to make contact. 
Choosing a counsellor can feel like a daunting process which is why I offer a free, no-obligation, initial consultation so that you can get a feel for whether you feel I can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
  • Counselling Complex Trauma – STARS (Sexual Trauma Violence and Recovery Services)
  • BACP – How to do counselling online coronavirus primer.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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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

National Counselling Society

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

The cost of sessions is usually £40 for 50 minutes, although I reserve a few sessions per week at a reduced rate for those in genuine financial need. 

Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0NP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

The premises I use for in-person therapy is wheelchair accessible with disabled parking close by.

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