Hi, my name is Jo. I'm an integrative counsellor working in North Leeds.
Starting counselling can be daunting- it's a big step. But the changes that can happen as a result can be life-changing. I'm here to offer a confidential, safe and judgement-free space to talk about what is bothering you.
At the moment there are a lot of people feeling sad and anxious. The pandemic has caused a huge surge in mental health issues such as depression and panic attacks. There are many families struggling with their relationships with each other. It is a tough time. Sometimes we need a little help to navigate through the tricky waters. Counselling can't make the pandemic disappear but it can help you find your way through by developing new ways of thinking and coping.
I specialise in working with children and young people, but also work with adults too. I'm very experienced working with school-related issues such as exam stress, bullying and school refusal. Other specialist areas include self-harm, anxiety, depression, trauma and bereavement and family relationships.
I am thankful that I am still able to offer in-person sessions (even during lockdown) as my therapy room is large enough to accommodate social distancing. I know many people find online counselling a struggle and benefit from seeing someone face to face.
As we get to know each other, I adjust my approach to suit you. Sometimes just talking can be really hard, so I've trained in working with creative arts therapeutically too, as well as using games and play techniques with younger children.
I work from my home in North Leeds & have a dedicated room for my private practice. Please see my website for more details
Unfortunately my practice is not wheelchair accessible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in therapeutic counselling as well as a PGCE in primary education and a first-class honours BMus in Music.
I qualified in counselling in 2018 and have been working with both adults and children since. Before this I ran the 'Apollo' project in Leeds for children impacted by domestic violence and worked as a mental health practitioner for children and young people.
In 2010 I was part of the team that set up www.selfharm.co.uk, and ran training for parents and schools on supporting children who self-harm.
I have worked with children and young people for 10 years in a variety of settings. These include schools, settings for children and young people with SEMH (social, emotional and mental health issues), within the community and or charitable organisations. For more information see my website https://www.jscounselling.co.uk/about-me
I have a lot of experience working with families, especially supporting parents.
I have 5 years volunteering experience working for St Michael's Talking Spaces and Just 'B' Bereavement services. I have worked with a range of issues such as bereavement, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship problems to name a few.
I have also volunteered with SARSVL (Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds) providing pre-trial counselling for clients.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Children and Young People
- School related issues
- Self harm
- Disordered eating and body issues
- Trauma incl. domestic abuse
- Anger management
- Anxiety and Depression
- Family relationship difficulties
These are my specialisms, but I have experience working with a range of issues It is important to pick a therapist who has experience in working with your issue If there is an issue not listed above please do get in touch.
£45 per session (60 minutes)
£30 discounted rate- please contact if you feel like you may be eligible for this.