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BSc(Hons) Therapeutic Counselling. Registered MBACP

About me

Hi. I'm Jo, a BACP registered Counsellor and Integrative Therapist offering face to face counselling in East Ardsley/ Tingley and Leeds City Centre. I also offer online therapy UK wide.

There could be many reasons why you are taking that first step to reach out for help. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety? Maybe depression and low mood are keeping you from enjoying life to it's fullest? Perhaps you're experiencing difficulties in your relationship or finding it hard to overcome childhood trauma? Maybe it's something completely different? Whatever it is that is that has brought you here, you're not alone and I can help.

As an experienced counsellor I have worked with enough people to know that that everyone's situation is different: whilst we may experience similar situations the impact of these are unique to you. I am therefore a great believer in there is a no one size fits all approach to therapy.  It is important you receive help that is unique to your individual needs and as an experienced integrative therapist I am able to draw on a number of approaches and techniques that best suit your needs and can hopefully help you manage your mental health better.

Aside from my formal training, a fundamental part of counselling is the relationship between me and the person I am working with - People need to feel comfortable talking about the things that are troubling them and for this reason, compassion, empathy, honesty and respect are at the forefront of everything I do. It's not easy talking to a stranger about your problems so it is important to me you feel comfortable from the moment you first get in touch. I will never push you or make you talk about things that are too difficult - some things take time and a lot more trust!

Choosing a counsellor can be difficult, but it is important you find someone you can see yourself working with. For this reason I offer a free 30 minute consultation to help you decide if I am the right person for you.

So, whether you are looking for short or long term therapy, hoping to build your confidence and self esteem, manage or deal with negative emotions, break free from trauma, improve relationships or reach those personal goals you have set for yourself, please get in touch or visit my website to see how I can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling

Since beginning my training in 2017 I have volunteered my services to many charities and counselling organisations. These include Macmillan Cancer Support, low cost counselling services for those on low incomes and charities dedicated to survivors of sexual abuse. 

My work experience includes working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Bereavement Services during the COVID-19 pandemic, working in my own private practice and more recently working with GP patients across Leeds as a Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioner.

My formal training as well as numerous volunteer and work opportunities have meant I have been fortunate enough to receive extensive and specialist training in many areas of mental health, enabling me to work with complex and varied needs safely and ethically.  

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Terminal illness
  • Living with long term/chronic health conditions
  • Death and dying

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

  • Initial 30 minute Consultation - Free
  • Face to Face Counselling £45
  • Online counselling £45
  • Walk and Talk/Outdoor Therapy £50

I offer discounts for NHS and emergency service workers as well as counselling students. Please see my website or contact me for more details.

Further information

It is important to me that everyone has access to mental health support. If you are unable to leave your home due to medical reasons I offer home visits depending on circumstances, availability and location. Please contact me for more details.

Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF3

2nd Floor, 51d New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Counselling room in WF3 is wheelchair accessible. Home visits available for anyone unable to leave the house due to medical reasons - please enquire for more details.

Online platforms

Zoom