Joanne Brooks - (MSc, CTA) UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Hi, I'm Jo - a qualified and highly experienced UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. I have over 12 years expereince of working in a therapeutic setting and I work with a diverse range of issues with people from all backgrounds on a short, medium or long term basis depending on need.
As a psychotherapist, I use a variety of techniques and models, but my specialism is Transactional Analysis. I am certified as a Transactional Analyst in the field of psychotherapy (CTA – P). In addition, I hold an honours degree in Transactional Analysis Counselling (BA Hons) and a Masters degree (MSc) in the field of Psychotherapy.
I offer effective therapy for a wide range of issues in a professional and confidential setting. There are lots of therapists out there, and each one has a unique style. Mine is to focus on positive changes my clients can make to feel better now, helping them to forge meaning in their lives and to develop their identity. Whilst the past offers some helpful insights creating opportunity for greater awareness and understanding, I also help my clients to look optimistically to the future.
My work is based on Transactional Analysis, which addresses people’s reinforcing beliefs and behaviours. Together we will look at what has brought you into therapy, and explore your thoughts and feelings to help you gain insight to how past events, a problem in the present, or fears for the future may be affecting your daily living. Sometimes people just want to know more about themselves.
Many individuals who come into therapy are in a vulnerable or difficult place and I advocate the importance of you feeling 'safe' and 'comfortable' within the therapeutic setting. This aspect is vital if therapy is to measured and successful.
As our therapeutic relationship grows and strengthens, we jointly begin to understand how you perceive your situation, what you want to change about it and what is holding you back. Therapy can help you make permanent changes in your life and to your emotional growth and well-being. This is because therapy is about offering a supported environment, as well as a new relationship - where you can learn to do things differently, learn to take control of your life, learn to be different, whilst also understanding yourself and others better.
Communication / Connection issues - “Communication is to a relationship what breathing is to sustaining life.”
Sometimes, couples have experienced a loss of connection and vitality in their relationship, or over time feel that they have grown apart. It can feel that a relationship ricochets from one argument to another, or that there seem to be patterns that are hard to change.
I believe that change is a natural part of growth in individuals and couples. Meeting in a safe space, learning new skills together and finding new ways of communicating can release couples from new or recurring difficulties.
Because TA looks at how we relate to each other and how this relates to the past it is has proved to be an extremely effective way of working with couples and groups.
There is one simple act of transgression that can rob a couple of their relationship, happiness, and even their identity: an affair (infidelity).
Are you currently in crisis over an affair or debating whether to seek professional support? As a psychotherapist, I assist couple’s in examining infidelity from multiple angles, in order to help them understand why they or their partner strayed. Understanding infidelity does not mean justifying it, but as a therapist (I believe and know) that residing in the flats of judgement is simply not helpful to mending a relationship damaged by infidelity.
In our sessions, I help my client's to understand multiple issues such as fidelity and loyalty, desire and longing, jealousy and possessiveness, truth telling and forgiveness in order for them to move their relationship forward, or to draw a conclusion that evidences their relationship may be at a point beyond repair.
Couples therapy can be extremely challenging as it generates unsettling questions that infidelity raises. The process of exploring the many faces of an affair, addressing the pain and destruction of the betrayal, as well as the thrill inherent with transgression can be upsetting for both parties.
My role as a couple’s therapist is to create a safe space, where the diversity of a client’s own experience can be explored with empathy and compassion. I am also a therapist who gennuinley believes that a couple can learn from an affair and how this 'learning' might inform and transform their relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
My lens on the world is wide. I am 39 years old and I'm married with a young family. In my life I have experienced loss, separation, dramatic changes and am familiar with the many challenges life can throw at us and understand the complexities of today’s working person.
Transactional Analysis is the theory that underpins my work. It is a psychotherapeutic approach that helps people to make sense of their own and others' feelings, attitudes and behaviours. It also offers explanations as to how we continue to repeat patterns of behaviour that may be self-defeating.
It is a process that looks at how you feel about the past, what you learned from your environment and how you use this in the present in relationships and life in general. By separating out what works from what doesn't work, what belongs to the past and what belongs to the present it is possible for you to change your future.
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
I remain in-touch with ongoing training, research, present and future developments, and counselling/psychotherapy literature. I have regular monthly supervision and also attend regular training courses and workshops to keep my practice fresh and up to date.
My professional qualifications to date include:
- MSc Degree in Psychotherapy - (Middlesex University)
- BA (Hons) Degree - Humanistic Counselling - (Middlesex University)
- FdA Degree - Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis - (Winchester University)
- Transactional Analysis (TA) 101 Certificate
- Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Skills and Theory
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Adult Psychology Diploma
- Child Psychology Diploma
I am a member of UKCP. The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors and I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice containing the professional conduct procedure. I am also a member of UKATA and EATA.
COUNSELLING Vs PSYCHOTHERAPY
What are the differences between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Opinions differ about the differences between counselling & psychotherapy but generally speaking counselling explores problems that have arisen recently in a person’s life, for example anxiety due to the threat of redundancy. These problems may respond well to a short-term treatment of 4-8 sessions. Psychotherapy on the other hand tends to explore longer standing problems that have their roots in an earlier period of a person’s life so may need longer term, more in depth relational therapy to explore and resolve.
What are the differences between Counselling training and Psychotherapy training?
Counselling training is shorter, usually 2-3 years duration. The trainee may also have no prior experience of mental health. By contrast, Psychotherapy training is more in depth and is typically 7 years (plus) in duration.
Personal Therapy: - Trainee Psychotherapists are mandated to be in personal therapy for the duration of their advanced training (40 hours per year over a minimum period of 4 years) as this is considered essential and ethical for them to be able to work at a deeper relational/emotional/psychological level with clients. Some counselling training need not require trainee counsellors to engage in any personal therapy themselves.
Mental Health Training: - Trainee Psychotherapist's are also required to undertake a professional Mental Health Work Placement within their advanced training and be able to understand psychiatric diagnosis and personality disorders in Adult mental health, including DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) diagnosis.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Individual Therapy: £45
50 minute session.
Couples Therapy: £45
1 hour session.
Skype & Telephone Therapy: £45
50 minute session.
Appointments are usually offered within 5-7 days and are subject to availability.
At present, I am unable to offer evening or weekend appointments. Appointment times are offered between the hours of 9am to 6pm.
I work with individuals, couples, families and young people (16-18 years). I also offer Skype for clients who aren't able to travel for face-to-face appointments.
Unfortunately, I am unable to accommodate wheelchair users.
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
Please initiate contact via email in the first instance, as my telephone signal can be unpredictable. I aim to respond to all emails within 48 hours.
If you do not receive an email response from me within 48hrs please check your 'Junk' inbox.
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