Josephine (Jo) Patten-Walsh BA(Hons) Dip Couns. MBACP Therapeutic Counsellor

Josephine (Jo) Patten-Walsh BA(Hons) Dip Couns. MBACP Therapeutic Counsellor

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About me

I know for a fact that 'counselling changes lives' as it is my privilege to witness such changes in the lives of my clients.

Please know that it is unnecessary for you to struggle alone with your difficulties. Together we will work through your issues in a way that is specifically tailored to respect your uniqueness.

Everyone has their own story to tell and yours will be heard in a safe and confidential environment. Whether it is short term counselling/CBT you require, or something more long-term and psychotherapeutic, I am here to help.

Have you lost someone close to you?

Supporting adults and children through traumatic bereavement is something in which I have specialist experience and training.

Are you suffering with depression, anxiety, anger issues, relationship problems, panic attacks, chronic pain or medically unexplained symptoms?

I have experience and training in managing these and other mental-health issues plus helping to heal root causes.

Have you had an abusive, harsh or chaotic upbringing? Or suffered a traumatic experience such as rape?

Again I have invested much time studying the possible long-term adverse effects of such experiences on the personality and we can work together in an attempt to reverse these.

Are you a parent?

As a parent and qualified teacher who has studied brain development… I can both empathise with your issues and offer constructive responses including Counselling of children and young people.

Are you an employee?

As a former Education Professional, Administrator, Training Coordinator, Charity Sector employee and Career-changer, I can relate to workplace challenges.

Are you juggling family, work and other obligations?

Counselling is a way of giving yourself the space and time to be an effective support to others.

The process...

At the start of the first session I will formally contract with you some practicalities regarding safeguarding, confidentiality, fees and session arrangements. The remainder of the first session will be given over to getting to know one another and establishing what you would like counselling to do for you. I will document what you would ideally like to gain from therapy and at approximately 6-weekly intervals we will formally review our process.

My Approach

Depending on your personality and requirements the therapy you experience with me may be either mindfulness-based contemporary CBT or AEDP which is an experiential, client-centred Psychodynamic psychotherapy.

I believe we all have innate self-healing capacity which can work very swiftly when correctly activated. My interpersonal neurobiological approach is thoroughly researched and firmly rooted in attachment theory, emotion theory, neuroscience, sensorimotor approaches and transformational studies to stimulate internal healing processes that remove blocks to mental well-being.

My education background has skilled me at exploring and identifying compatible ways of working with individuals. To this end I may offer or suggest the use of creative interventions as well as relaxation exercises if the client feels that may be helpful.

I have counselled in...

A Sixth Form College.
A Specialist Bereavement Counselling Agency.
NHS Talking Therapies for MIND (Mental Health Charity.
GP Surgeries.

Most of my teaching career was spent working with young people who were school refusing or who were mentally unwell or had high-functioning Autism, which means I am skilled at working empathically with both adults (couples or individuals) and adolescents.

I have a DBS Certificate to cover working with both children and vulnerable adults.

I help tackle...

The limiting effects of historical or current trauma including attachment trauma, PTSD, physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, suicide and traumatic bereavement, relationship breakdown, loss of job or health, low self-confidence, mental health recovery, identity crises, and relationship difficulties. boarding school syndrome and caring for those with mental illness are areas of special interest for me.

Training, qualifications & experience

Third year of a BSc Hons. Therapeutic Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)

Certificate in Mental Health Awareness (NVQ2)

Licensed Thrive Practitioner (Childhood Years)

Counselling Studies (NVQ3)

Certificate in Counselling Skills (NVQ 2)

Qualified teacher Status QTS Secondary Teacher of English

BA Hons (LON) English/Religious Studies

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Keeping up with the latest research and improving my skills is something about which I am passionate. A selection of additional training I have undergone includes the following;

  • Couple Counselling (delivered by Relate Specialist)
  • Essential Supervision Skills (British Psychological Society approved)
  • Working with Self-Harm
  • Working with clients whose eating is disordered
  • Working with children with Additonal Needs
  • Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Safeguarding of children and young people (Level 2)
  • Attachment and Trauma Congress
  • Mindfulness and Compassion-focused Therapy
  • Assessment of Clients
  • BACP Bridging the Gap Conference : (Included the following; Setting up in Private Practice; Working with erotic transference and countertransference; working with suicidal clients)
  • Societal Rape Myths and Traumatic Reactions: Understanding client and therapist responses to sexual violence
  • Bereavement, Loss and Anticipatory Grief
  • FPA Courses on Working with Young People and Abortion – Pornography – Domestic Violence
  • BACP Conference
    (Included the following; Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders; Working with Gender and Sexual Diversity ; Working with Muslim clients ; Working with multi-lingual clients)
  • Safeguarding Adults ( Level 2)
  • .BACP Relationships Counselling Conference

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Spiritual abuse.
  • Exam stress.

Photos & videos

  • 1-1 Talking Therapy
  • Counselling Room 1a
  • Counselling Room 2
  • Counselling Room 2a


My average fee is £35 for Individuals (50 minutes) and and £45 for Couples (60 minutes). The Initial Assessment Consultation is £40 for one hour. I have a flexible payment structure depending on household income with the rate to be agreed at the first session.

Concessionary rates

I offer concessionary rates to full-time students, counselling trainees and clients who are unwaged. Concessionary rate appointments are likely to take place during the day rather than evenings or weekends.

Further information

Centrally located in East London and Essex...

I am a 12 minute walk from Romford Station which is only 17 minutes from Liverpool Street on the fast TFL Rail service. I am also situated near Hornchurch Tube Station on the District Line and am very accessible by bus.

If you are driving I have a free parking space available.

Unsure of what to do next?

I offer a free initial telephone consultation of up to 15 minutes to enable you to explore any questions you may have about counselling and psychotherapy. Please feel free to text or email me to arrange a suitable time to call you.

Maps & Directions

Romford, RM1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I can offer daytime and evening appointments and occasional Saturdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have a qualification in Clinical Supervision from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and experience of working within the NHS IAPT Talking Therapies Service as well as in Educational settings such as schools and colleges plus Third Sector (Charitable) and other Clinical organisations with Adults, Children and Young People.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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