Joanne Aldred - 'Helping you lead the life you want'
Please note: As we enter a further lockdown (UK), sessions will be online for all clients including couples.
You may be questioning whether therapy can help relieve your distress, help you commit to life transitions or improve your overall mental wellbeing? Counselling can help with those issues and more.
Therapy is more than talking, it’s a relationship. You may have experience of ‘toxic’ or unhealthy relationships with others – or yourself. Which is why being met in a genuine relationship is the fundamental part of psychotherapy success. Accepting you for who you are, right now, invites a realness and confidence to explore the parts of you that you might have felt the need to reject.
You will begin to change & shift in ways you didn’t think possible, increasing your self-awareness with an understanding of your story and how you came to be you. Releasing the fear of expressing yourself or of hiding the aspects of you that cause pain or shame. Finding your voice within therapy so that you can use it in the wider world – in personal & professional relationships by asking for what you want & need in life.
I’ll help you cultivate curiosity around the potential that you hold. By being your authentic self and permitting your vulnerability to exist in the world, you’ll be able to confront life events & challenges in a way you might have never thought possible.
I'm Jo & I'm a Humanistic therapist, meaning my specialism is the human experience.
I am informed by humanistic philosophy, Gestalt, Person-centred and TA theory. I believe every person has worth, the right to autonomy (to decide their own future) and that a person should feel safe and secure in order to explore their sense of self. If a person is provided with the right conditions for growth, they'll always move towards change. I find the humanistic approach fits well with my own personal morals and values of integrity, honesty and empathy.
- I offer a free initial phone consultation in order to understand what has prompted you to reach out - the call also provides an opportunity to introduce ourselves to each other ahead of booking an initial session.
I look forward to speaking with you. A warm welcome awaits.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to private practice, I've been an honorary psychotherapist within an NHS service offering counselling interventions to members of staff. For my clinical practice development, I've worked as a voluntary therapist at an inner city college in the Midlands (age 18+) and been a voluntary counsellor working with families and carers of substance users within the Brighton and Hove area. My work with both placements often focussed on clients beginning to safely to express feelings. exploring their interpersonal relationships and vulnerability in the face of tragedy. I have an interest in anxiety, depression and trauma.
With all therapeutic work, I have an experienced supervisor to ensure I continue to excel with my professional standards and development.
Accredited Registrant (MNCS Accred) by The National Counselling Society
- BA (Hons) First Class - Humanistic Counselling Practice
- Level 2 & Level 3 in Counselling skills & theory
- TA101: Introduction to Transactional Analysis
In addition to professional development within;
Couples / Relationship Therapy
Relational Trauma & Attachment
Somatic & Body Psychotherapy approaches to trauma
Certificate in Group Therapy
The Challenge of Racism in Therapy & Supervision
Six part story method (6PSM)
Working with families and carers of substance users
Working creatively with adolescents & young people
- Fully insured
- Enhanced DBS check
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
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
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
My fee is £65 per 50 minute session for individual appointments - either in person or online.
Online Group Therapy £25 per person per week. (Next Group begins on Weds 29th July 2020. Please contact me for details)
£85 per 50 minutes for couples counselling - either in person or online.
Concessions offered for
Concessions for students & trainees yet is limited. Alternatively, I run a low-cost online group therapy weekly.