Josephine (Jo) Patten-Walsh BA(Hons) Dip Couns. MBACP Therapeutic Counsellor
I know for a fact that 'counselling changes lives' as it is my privilege to witness such changes in the lives of my clients. And seeing this transformation time andatime again is what makes Counselling so rewarding for me.
Have you reached some sort of crisis point in your life and feel alone in your difficulties, ashamed of things that have happened to you or even just annoyed with yourself for past decisions?
Please know that it is unnecessary for you to struggle alone with your difficulties.
Would you like to change something about yourself or your life? Or maybe you just need a non-judgemental listener? Have you reached a point of knowing that you no longer want things to continue as they are but are unclear about the way forward?
If you have answered yes to any of the above then Counselling can help you as it helped these clients...
It has changed me for the better, I enjoy life much more again”
“I feel that the sessions really helped and that it was easy to open up”.
“Having a sounding board has helped me gain more in-depth insight, self-awareness and gain perspective and awareness of what triggers depression and anxiety.”
Everyone has their own story and yours will be heard in a safe and confidential environment.
Establishing a secure and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship is a foundational key to my collaborative approach and whether it is short term support you require, or something deeper and more long-term that deals with root causes, I am here to help.
Together we will work through your issues in a way that is specifically tailored to respect your uniqueness.
Have you lost someone close to you?
Supporting adults and children through bereavement is something in which I have specialist experience and training.
Are you suffering with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic pain or medically unexplained symptoms?
I have experience and training in managing these and other mental-health issues and helping to heal root causes.
Are you a trainee counsellor or student?
I understand your pressures and can offer you a concessionary rate in order to help fulfil your required counselling hours.
Are you a parent?
As a parent and qualified teacher trained in brain development… I can both empathise with your issues and offer constructive responses including Counselling of children and young people.
Are you an employee in the statutory and voluntary sector?
As a former Education Professional, Social Services Administrator, Training Coordinator, charity sector employee and career-changer, I can relate to the workplace challenges.
Are you juggling caring for ill relatives with work and domestic obligations?
Counselling is a way of giving yourself the space and time to be an effective carer of others and the opportunity to consider honestly, the impact of the demands this puts upon yourself.
At the start of the first session I will formally contract with you some practicalities regarding safeguarding, confidentiality, fees and session arrangements.
The first session will be mainly given over to getting to know one another, assessing your needs 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.
It is possible that your issue may be resolved in less than 6 weeks and it is also possible that you may find yourself gradually working on a number of things that emerge over the course of a year. Both time frames are usual in my experience.
A bit more about my background experience...
I have counselled in...
A Sixth Form College.
A Specialist Bereavement Counselling Agency.
NHS Talking Therapies for MIND (Mental Health Charity.
Most of my teaching career was spent working as an outreach and onsite teacher of young people who were school refusing or who were mentally unwell which means I am skilled at working empathically with both adults and adolescents.
I have a DBS Certificate to cover working with both children and vulnerable adults.
As well as my private practice I currently work part-time for a counselling charity as a Family and School Liaison. I also volunteer one day a week for the NHS via the MIND Charity where I counsel GP and self-referred adult clients with common mental health problems.
I help tackle...
The limiting effects of historical or current trauma including 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, relationship difficulties and second-generation migrant issues. Boarding School Syndrome and caring for a relative with mental illness or Aspergers are areas of special interest for me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Currently working towards the third year of a BSc Hons. Contemporary CBT
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) NVQ 4
Certificate in Mental Health Awareness NVQ 2
Licensed Thrive Practitioner (which means I have studied child and adolescent development.
Counselling Studies NVQ 3
Certificate in Counselling Skills NVQ 2
Qualified teacher Status QTS Secondary Teacher of English
BA Hons (LON) English/Religious Studies
C&G 924 Youth Trainer's Award
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;
- ECVYS Conference re: Children, Young People and Mental Health
- Working with Self-Harm
- Working with clients whose eating is disordered
- Working with children
- Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health Problems
- Safeguarding of children and young people (Level 2)
- Attachment and Trauma Congress
- Mindfulness 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Spiritual abuse.
- Exam stress.
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My average fee is £35 for Individuals (50 minutes) and and £50 for Couples (60 minutes). I have a flexible payment structure depending on household income with the rate to be agreed at the first session.
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.
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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime and evening appointments and occasional Saturdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|