Dr Jo Fennell C Psychol AFBPsS, HCPC registered, MBACP accredited
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. I hope to answer any questions you may have about counselling and psychotherapy, and about me and how I work, so you can decide if you would like us to work together to resolve the issues that have led you to consider counselling or psychotherapy at this point in time.
About me: I have always had a genuine interest in people, their feelings, thoughts and behaviour, and pursued this interest in my initial training as a psychologist. I later trained as a bereavement counsellor in 1989 partly to fulfil my long-term interest in helping people and also to enhance my own abilities so I could offer more support to some of the people I worked with in my psychological practice. As I found counselling particularly rewarding, I continued my training and in 1997 set up my private counselling, psychotherapy and supervision practice where I see clients presenting with a wide range of issues. Alongside my private practice, for nearly 20 years I have also been a counselling trainer in Higher Education, initially at the University of Southampton where I set up the Diploma and BA Counselling programmes and more recently within a Further Education setting at Eastleigh College.
How I work: As a humanistic integrative counsellor and psychotherapist I respect and value your uniqueness as an individual and work with you to identify what your counselling needs are at this point in time. I have a warm and welcoming approach and provide an empathic, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore and understand the issues that have brought you to counselling. From experience I have found it helpful to have an initial meeting to see if counselling can help with the issues that you are bringing, which is usually the case, and also whether we both feel I can help you in addressing these issues. I work with you to identify, explore and understand your concerns, and support you in finding your own solutions allowing you to lead a more satisfying life.
Who I see: I see individual adult clients of varying ages for long and short-term work according to individual needs and requirements.
Location: My practice is home based and located approximately half a mile from Junction 7 of the M27. There is free parking available.
The issues I work with: These tend to be wide ranging. Some of the typical issues I specialise in are anger management, bereavement, depression, anxiety, abuse, low self-esteem, relationship issues, disability, stress and work related stress, low self-confidence, post natal depression, trauma, asperger's syndrome, identity issues, sexual identity, sexuality and spirituality.
If you have read this far and you still have unanswered questions please feel free to contact me. I am usually able to respond by email or telephone within 24 hours and often much quicker than that.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc and PhD Applied Psychology
BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
AFBPsS - Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic Integrative)
PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate of Education)
I have been in private practice as a counsellor since 1997 and include counselling supervision within my practice. My experience includes nearly 20 years of being a counselling trainer at Diploma and BA level locally in Higher Education at the University of Southampton and more recently teaching at BA level in a Further Education setting at Eastleigh College.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I normally charge £50 for individuals for our initial session and £50 for ongoing counselling and psychotherapy sessions. All sessions are 50 minutes in length. Some concessions may be possible for people on low income.
In my role as an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist with heathcare providers my fees are by prior arrangement. I am registered with the following healthcare providers: Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, Pruhealth and WPA.
As there are a few steps leading to my counselling premises if wheelchair access is needed then please contact me so that mutually convenient alternative venue arrangements can be made.