About Jo

Counselling with me…

I have been a humanistic counsellor and coach for well over 10 years. Most of my work is with individual adults at my private practice where i also see clients through their Employee Assistance Programmes. I like to use a range of therapeutic ‘tools’ to help support clients to achieve their goals. We are all so individual and it is important that I continue to build on my therapeutic skills and work as adaptively and flexibly with each individual.

121 counselling sessions happen weekly and on the same day and at the same time. They are client led, which means that the space is yours to talk about whatever you want to. Together we will determine a way of working and moving forward so that you achieve what it is you want to achieve.

My focus is to build a therapeutic relationship with you. At the heart of being human is our need to feel connected to other humans, ourselves and the earth. Counselling can provide fertile ground for the exploration of relationships past, present and future. Counselling is an opportunity to be seen and heard without judgement in the here and now. I offer confidentiality, friendliness and warmth within the boundaries of therapeutic practice. It may take time to develop a level of trust that will allow you to feel at ease and more able to be yourself. This is where the work happens and where you’ll be able to explore and develop the aspects of yourself that may be holding you back or stopping you from fully engaging with life. I believe that each and every one of us has a vast potential and we can all choose for ourselves how we want to be in the world. Life is full of opportunity, but sometimes we ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’. Our past experiences and actions don’t have to define who we are, nor do they have to continue to negatively effect our lives.

In addition to 1:1 sessions in counselling and coaching, I run a successful bespoke programme helping clients to overcome problematic behaviours including addictions, I write and deliver workshops & trainings for organisations on how they can become ‘trauma informed’ and schools and colleges on issues of sexual violence, consent, social norms and coercive control.

I am a member of the Therapist Network at Leeds Beckett University which means I work with counselling and psychotherapy students.

I have a full public liability insurance, I have been approved by the Disclosure and Barring Service and I am a registered member of the BACP which means I abide by their Code of Ethics. I’m currently working towards becoming Accredited.

Qualifications:

Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (Distinction)

Level 4 Counselling in Practice

Diploma Couples and Family Therapy (Distinction)

Diploma Emotional Freedom Technique (Distinction)

Level 3 Counselling Skills

BA (Joint) Hons Visual Arts

Level 2 Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Level 2 Safeguarding Children

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