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About me

You’re hoping to find the right therapist for you, so allow me tell you a truth about therapy: just as you are unique, each therapist is unique. Whenever I have chosen a therapist for myself, I have valued a relationship where I can build trust, and where I can be brave, but also where I can feel broken or alone and not too scared to say so. Yes I’ve had therapy too, several times and for different reasons: I’ve felt how it transforms lives and I know it’s challenging work. These are some of the guiding feelings I always keep close to me as I work. I listen carefully so I can be responsive and sensitive to you in the moment.

I won't fit you into a rigid, single, type of therapy, I fit the therapy to each client. When I chose my training, I looked for thorough and deep approach that was also flexible and adaptive. Relational, integrative working puts a strong, safe, alliance between therapist and client at the heart of all work. Specific methods, if relevant, come later.

Taking the first step to ask for help can feel daunting and uncertain, but it's the beginning of change. I have supported adults of many ages and stages of life, facing many different challenges. Together we can build a therapeutic relationship that will allow you to face whatever challenges you, move past it and onwards into a brighter, lighter future.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my journey towards becoming a therapist with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from Birmingham University. I went on to work in marketing, advertising and public relations. Later I moved into Local Government leading online communications projects for two major Councils in the North of England before becoming a senior civil servant in the Department of Health where I worked on policies to do with GPs and Primary Care services including mental health provision.

My career took a welcome change of direction when I had children and took time out to train as a yoga teacher,  did years of voluntary counselling and training work with a domestic violence charity, and latterly I trained as Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I gained a Postgraduate distinction in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University in 2019.

My training focussed on a relational approach. This means I work guided by the belief that the single most important thing that achieves change is the relationship between me and you. This isn’t blind faith, scientific study after study, across all types of therapy, and across decades has found that the single most important factor is the relationship between the two (or three in couples counselling) people in the therapy room. Integratively means that I won’t try and fit you into a fixed type of therapy, I will listen to you and collaboratively we will create the solutions that fit your unique needs. As things progress your needs might change, that’s fine, I’ll listen and we’ll adapt together.

I have specialist experience working with domestic abuse, recovering after difficult relationships and moving through life and work transitions.

So, I bring a variety of experience and professionalism to my work, but mostly I bring myself to meet you, person to person. That's where we'll begin and that's where we will return again and again, building a therapeutic relationship together that enables you to find your own way to move forward.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • £40 per session weekdays before 4pm
  • £50 per session weekends and evenings

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Available appointment slots change frequently, because I also do charity sessions in between private sessions, so please get in touch with your requirements

Cockermouth
Cumbria
CA13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Skype
Whatsapp
Jo Cook BSc, PGDip, MBACP

Jo Cook BSc, PGDip, MBACP