About me

About me

Are you finding things difficult at the moment? Do you feel it’s time to focus on you?

I understand that it’s not always easy to reach out for support or describe exactly what it is that you need. You’ve come to the right place and I’m here for you. 

I’m Jo, I am friendly, open and honest. I am experienced in helping clients build resilience and develop coping strategies to deal with life’s challenges. I offer a calm and compassionate space away from the interruptions of daily life. Somewhere you can truly focus on you. I am a caring, warm person and I listen without judgement. 
I am qualified in Person Centred Theory, CBT and Transactional Analysis. In addition I have specialist training in working with Trauma and PTSD. This means I can use different strategies tailored to your specific needs.

You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed or confused. You might be struggling with low self-esteem or negative body image.

You may be struggling with the recent lifting of lockdown. Feeling anxious about socialising. Struggling with health anxiety or anxious about returning to your workplace or working from home.

You might be looking to develop resilience and coping strategies to help you to deal with challenges you are experiencing at the moment. 

You may wish to work through past traumas to try and understand and process how they have impacted you. 

It might be that you want to learn more about yourself and what has led you to where you are today.

You may be looking to make decisions about your future and where will take you.

How counselling can help

Life can sometimes become complex and challenging. We can struggle to process difficult life events or move on from traumatic experiences in our past. Counselling can give you the opportunity to be truly heard and can help you to begin to move on. Understanding difficult feelings and why we respond the way we do can lead to a better understanding of ourselves. This can help you to develop coping strategies and lead to personal growth and acceptance. Helping you to improve relationships and self-esteem. Leaving you feeling more confident and able to move forward with life.

What happens in the counselling sessions?

Counselling sessions will take place in a safe, private space in my home. There is parking available and I am a short walk from public transport services.
Sessions will last 50 minutes and we will work together to explore what is going on for you.
This is your space and I will work at your pace. Helping you towards your goals. I firmly believe that everyone has the ability to develop towards their potential. 
I will value you and your story and work to understand it from your perspective.

Opening up and talking about difficult feelings isn’t easy. It’s important that you feel comfortable working with me. Please contact me to arrange an initial consultation so you can get a feel for how we can work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma Counselling
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Counselling Concepts
  • Level 1 Safeguarding
  • Working with Trauma and PTSD
  • Addiction Awareness

Member organisations


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.


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Face to face appointments available daytime and evening.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


Type of session

In person


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