Hi! I'm Jo and I work with adults and young people covering a wide range of issues by using EMDR and Humanistic therapies such as Mindfulness, CBT, Systemic and Person Centred counselling. I am BACP registered and work ethically to provide a safe and confidential space which I believe is essential for therapy to work.
I give the first half an hour for free so that you have the freedom to decide if we can work together. I will ask you if there are any goals for therapy and will discuss your expectations, what has brought you to counselling and go through the process of confidentiality with you. Sessions normally last up to an hour but may be longer for EMDR therapy.
I offer a non-judgemental, down to earth and genuine style of therapy and try my best to find what type of therapy works best for you. I have a wide range of experience that I have gained through different organisations and charities and have supported people with issues such as anxiety, OCD, grief, loss, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
I strongly believe that everyone is unique and because of this, one type of therapy may not suit everyone. I offer an integrative style of working which is based on Humanistic theory which intrinsically believes that everyone is their own expert. I want to help to positively promote counselling in our society and to show that it's OK to seek help and support from counsellors' and therapists
EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation, and re-processing) is a type of therapy that was developed by Francine Shapiro, an American psychologist and educator who originated this therapy for resolving the symptoms of traumatic and other disturbing life experiences. It is recommended by The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as form of valuable psychotherapy that helps those with trauma related memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If left to develop, these memories and thought patterns may go on to cause unhelpful and unwanted behaviours which can lead to long term relationship problems and severe mental health conditions.
In your first counselling session we will talk about the types of counselling I offer and develop a counselling contract. We will have a general discussion about your needs and what types of therapy I can offer to help you explore this. We will talk about fees and the possible number of sessions you might need and what you would like to get out of counselling. If you feel that I could be helpful for you, please contact me and we can arrange a time that would be convenient.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered Psychotherapist with the BACP, an EMDR Therapist and member of the EMDR UK & Ireland. I have worked with children and adults in many different sectors including the NHS, a Children's counselling charity & an IAPT Service.
Certificate in Supervision with Manchester School of Psychotherapy.
MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling
PGDip Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling
EMDR - Practitioner Level
EMDR with OCD
Critical Incident Stress Debrief
Introduction to Play Therapy
PGCert Advanced Mentoring
Mindfulness Level 1 - Being Present
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have an interest in creativity in therapy such as creative visualisation, metaphor through the use of figurines and objects, emotional literacy cards and through the use of drawing/ painting. Although I have no formal qualifications in this, I have found that this has worked well with clients who have difficulty in finding words to describe how they feel.
Concessions offered for
Sliding scale from £35-£50.
Varied at present. Please contact me for available appointments.
I have regular monthly supervision and maintain continuous professional development though workshops and updating my subject knowledge. I practice within the BACP ethical framework and have relevant insurance and hold a clean DBS. I also have up to date safeguarding level 2 training with Staffordshire Safeguarding Board.