Jo Bacon MBACP, Dip Therapeutic Counselling, BA Hon Counselling Solutions
- You may be reading my profile because you are feeling stuck at the moment. I provide a friendly envoronment for you to explore those feelings. There is always scope to improve the way we think and to positively boost our emotions, but some people need a little help with this process. Therapy is a great way for us to look after our inner selves - it’s like a beauty treatment for emotional health, a safe and confidential way of exploring feelings and emotions to enhance wellbeing.
What Is Counselling
Counselling is a form of guiding someone through their darker days, helping them to find new ways of coping. I believe each person may already have answers locked away inside them somewhere; counselling may hold the key to unlock those answers. I support my clients while they work through their issues in a safe and gentle manner. It doesn’t matter what the topic, large or small. I consider counselling to be a very special and unique profession, which offers a non-judgmental, unbiased, supportive space, allowing clients to reflect on their life and challenge their own beliefs and values. It is a universally beneficial practice, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, background or culture.
An important aspect of my personal philosophy is that, regardless of which counselling methodology is practiced, there are no right or wrong ways for clients to investigate their issues. Each of us have our own perception of how we view our world, and ultimately, change must come from the client’s themselves when they feel ready. I have always wanted the opportunity to help people, to support them as they make a difference in their lives. With the use of counselling skills, I believe I do this in a warm, caring and professionally ethical way.
My counselling journey began when I embarked upon a life coaching course back in 2012. This course opened the flood gate to wanting to learn more on how I could help support people as they develop and grow their potential. I began to understand how our own values and beliefs can create our own phycological strait jackets when left unchallenged.
My counselling studies began with Person Centre Therapy, which is a theory that wholly focuses upon the client and is very client lead. Whilst studying for my Diploma the core theory was Transactional Analysis, which is a theory that focuses upon how we communicate and interact. It encourages addressing problems which have built up over time. Thought-out my Degree I studied Counselling Solutions, which encompasses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, which both help to uncover negative thought patterns and encourages hope, it places focus upon a person's present and future circumstances and their goals rather than their past experiences. I have encorporated all these theories to become an integrative practioner.
For the past couple of years, I have been working for the South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association both on placement, and recently as one of their paid clinicians. I have had the honour of helping support service users with their personal issues around food. I have witnessed first-hand how talking therapy can help facilitate changes in behaviour to encourage a healthier life style.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons in Counselling Solutions
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Eating Disorders
Diploma in Mindfulness
Level 3 Award in Life Coaching.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and I am continuing to work towards BACP accreditation. I also have over two years’ experience working with South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association. In September 2018 I will be working towards an MA in Trauma Studies which is something I am very much looking forward to achieving.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
My Mission Statement
The counselling relationship is a mutual learning experience which makes this a very special profession indeed. It is all about team work. I couldn’t do my job without the co-operation of my clients. Working together, we can develop new ways of thinking, so clients can leave behind old, negative patterns of behaviour. I enjoy seeing my clients make progress. To watch a client as they unfold into a happier brighter version of themselves, is the ultimate reward for me as a counselling practitioner
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursdays & Sundays all day and evenings - Tuesday - Saturday evenings only.
Types of client