Jo Hurcombe LLB (Hons), LLM, Adv Dip (Couns), MBACP
Due to the Coronavirus Crisis I am not currently seeing clients in person but am offering counselling by telephone or by online face to face counselling. For many of us this way of working can feel strange and, in itself, cause anxiety, but if you do wish to engage with my service I will help you through this process to find a way of working which suits your needs at this time. Some of us may find advantages in working this way from the comfort of our home or perhaps working with the written word or art rather than face to face. If this way of working suits you please contact me for an initial discussion to see how I can best support you.
I will offer you friendly, professional support at those difficult times in life when it is hard to know where to turn. I have worked for over 20 years with adults and young people who have been facing some of the most difficult of life events.
I work with adults and young people over the age of 11 years in a safe, secure and confidential environment.
I offer both short and long-term therapy and work with a wide range of issues. No problem is too small and the list of things that you can bring to counselling is endless.
Working With Adults
We can all face events in life which can knock us off course, no matter what our age or background. Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and it can be hard to find a way through on our own. We may find ourselves swamped with negative thoughts about ourselves and about our ability to cope with what we are facing.
For some of us, negative ideas about ourselves persist from childhood and from circumstances which were actually often outside of our control. Yet those negative ideas can impact on us in many ways throughout the remainder of our lives if we are unable to check and challenge them. Doubts about ourselves colour the way we think, act and feel. Like ripples on a pond, those internal doubts and fears can spread outwardly to affect our lives until some of us might feel like we want to stop the world because it is all just too much to bear.
I believe that in the right environment we can each begin to reframe negative ideas about who we think we are, and help us see ourselves with kinder eyes. As we begin to change how we see ourselves, if we wish to, we can start to consider new possibilities and new ways of being.
Areas I work with include, but are not limited to:
- bereavement or loss;
- childhood experiences;
- relationship difficulties;
- suicidal thoughts;
- health issues;
- work problems;
- low self-esteem;
There may be events in your life which are too difficult to revist in therapy. You are in charge and we will work with what you bring, in ways which you feel best suit your needs. Should you find it useful, I may offer you different ways of working during sessions as well as ideas and strategies that you can employ in between sessions and beyond.
One of the most important aspects of counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client. My experience and qualifications will be insignificant if you do not feel that you can work with me. For this reason I offer a free initial 30 minute session for you to consider whether this is right for you.
Our work will be confidential and I aim to offer you a safe place which allows you to be heard, accepted and valued.
Together, you and I will decide how many sessions you would like and we can review this on a regular basis. Together we can explore ways of working that suit your specific needs.
Ultimately this is about you. You are a unique individual and what you bring to counselling will be unique to you. This is a time for you to invest in yourself and your future. I will work with what you want to work with in our sessions, at your pace and in a supportive and non-judgemental way.
Working With Young People
Behaviour is communication but we can all struggle to make sense of our own behaviours at times. Children will often try to make sense of life events from their own narrative. This can create anxieties and misconceptions which are not always obvious or easy to make sense of. This is something we would work on within therapy. Depending upon their age, it can sometimes be difficult for a child to vocalise their feelings and so I work in a variety of ways to enable them to work through what is going on for them. With children and young people, depending upon their age and wishes, I may work with mindfulness, play, art and crafts, therapeutic stories and movement as well as talking therapy.
Areas of work with children and young people include:
- building resilience;
- improving self-image and self-esteem;
- worries and anxiety;
- family separations;
- bereavement and loss;
- school refusal;
- exam stress;
For children, as for adults, the confidential nature of the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors.
I offer a free 30 minute session during which I would normally meet you and your child. It is important that both you and your child feel comfortable with how we work together. In that session, we would agree how we will work together, including an agreement on the confidential nature of the relationship between me and your child, and the limits of that confidentiality. If you wish to discuss this with me before making an appointment, please email me and I will be happy to talk about these issues with you. Sessions can take place at my home or at your child's school, subject to the school's agreement.
If you would like to arrange to see me for an initial meeting, please email me or leave me a message with your contact details and I will get in touch, as soon as possible, to make the arrangements.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
BACP Endorsed Diploma with Distinction, Working With Children and Adolescents and Accredited by ISPC
I have undertaken training in Safeguarding Children and Young People and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
LLB (Hons); LLM.
I am fully insured and I attend regular supervision to support my work.
I have enhanced DBS clearance.
Ongoing Continual Professional Development training including within the last twelve months:
Dr Bessel A van der Kolk's Trauma Treatment Mastery Course;
ARC Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents;
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Pat Ogden
Internal Family Systems Frank Anderson
Polyvagal Theory Deb Dana
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Finding the right counsellor is important. I offer an initial 30 minutes free appointment so that you can decide whether counselling is right for you and whether you wish to work with me.
If you decide that you wish to proceed with counselling I charge £40.00 per session. Typically each session will last for one hour.
I undertake regular training to enhance my practice. I am particularly interested in the developments in neuroscience which underpin the counselling work that I do. There is plenty of scientific research to support the concept of neuroplasticity: that we can continue to shape our brains throughout our lives. It has been estimated by some that there are more connections in your brain than there are stars in the sky. Imagine the potential of your brain.
When we experience trauma our brain's processing ability can be overwhelmed, leaving pieces of unprocessed experiences trapped in our brains and bodies so that we can be stuck in those ways of experiencing long after the trauma has passed.
Within therapy we can gently integrate your memories of your experiences with the felt sense within your body to release what has been trapped and to create new ways of experiencing. So even when we feel completely stuck, there can be physiological and evolutionary reasons for this which we can explore and work with to move ourselves from that stuck state. This is the same whether you are 6 or 66. You have the power within yourself to change.
I will explore this way of working with you in an initial 30 minute free session so that you can decide whether it fits with how you would like to work, and if not, we can explore alternatives such as humanistic counselling; CBT; mindfulness.