BACP Registered - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - Listed on BACP Register, Other - Supervisor Qualification
9400 hours over 9 years
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Some concessions are available to student counsellors or anyone in receipt of benefits or on a low income.</p>
Welcome to my page, I hope you'll find what you need here to help choose the suitable counsellor, whether it's for you, a friend, a colleague or a loved one.
Whilst I am based in Teynham, Sittingbourne I am able to offer telephone and Skype counselling Nationwide.
My name is Jo, I am a fully trained professional Integrative Counsellor & Clinical Supervisor with experience in many issues, but extensive experience in Disability and Domestic Abuse along with Anxiety and Depression. I work with all ages and offer both short and long term counselling within the different areas i work: NHS Iapt, private practice and the local domestic abuse agency. By using an Integrative approach it allows me the skills and flexibility of other theories such as Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Existential, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies to enable me to work with varying issues and clients. At the core of Integrative Counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client and it is with this in mind that I strive to build a strong, trusting and empathic relationship with all of my clients.
I am also trained in Life Coaching and can use this alongside counselling to help clients manage their lives to maximise their potential and reach their own goals.
By offering you a confidential and safe space to talk through your issues I can help you begin to understand how past events and experiences may be responsible for your current beliefs, behaviour and actions. By helping you to see things in a new way it allows you the choice of change. With help and support you can make the changes you may have always wished for or have yet to discover.
I believe that by helping you to understand yourself, it then enables you the tools to make the most of your future.
Please feel free to browse my website www.affinitycounselling.org for further information on myself and counselling.
Below are a number of comments past clients have written and given me permission to add.
I would like to say a special thank you to all those kind enough to share their experiences. It was a pleasure working with you all.
"Being in an abusive relationship can destroy the very soul of a person. All that may exist is a body with a lost mind and an empty heart. For someone to convince me that my life was worth living, that my opinions were valid and my emotions were understandable- well, it was a long shot! Jo picked me up from my lowest and gave ME the tools to find MY OWN path and muster up enough strength to keep on fighting and pulling myself through even when i felt i had nothing left in me. I could write a very long testimonial in appreciation for Jo and the way she has helped changed my life, but i will keep this brief and simply say, thank you Jo, from my two children. They have their mummy back- a new and improved one at that!"
"Seeing Jo has changed my life. I have become a different person. I am much more confident and calmer and I don’t take things so personally anymore. Jo has helped me to deal with issues in my past and understand why I am the way I am. She helped me to realise that I can’t change what has happened and to let go. Most importantly Jo has made me realise that I am worthy of being loved but that I am also capable of being on my own"
"I never thought I'd be able to trust anyone enough to talk about my issues but I have been able to. It seems so silly that all I needed to do was to talk about the things I've never told anyone. Talking about things has really helped me and I would tell anyone to share the things your hiding or too afraid to talk about. Jo really seemed to care and understand how I felt"”
“I have been seeing Jo for sometime now and she has helped me work through some problems from my past. I didn't realise how much those things where affecting my life still. It feels as if a huge weight is being lifted. Thanks Jo!"
"I was pretty sceptical about counselling at first and thought that I could talk to my friends about my problems and that I didn't need to talk to a stranger, but I was wrong. It was completely different talking to Jo, she was impartial and I didn't have to censor what I told her for fear of anyone else finding out or to keep others happy. I could tell Jo anything and she would continue to listen and treat me with respect. She just seemed to "get" me and at times it was as if she knew how I was feeling before I realised it myself. I was sad when our sessions ended and missed being able to share with Jo my news and my thoughts. If I ever need that "special person" to talk to again, I won't hesitate next time. It is with special thanks that I write this for Jo, she has proved priceless to me. A million thank yous just aren't enough"
"Never underestimate how much counselling can help. If you've ever thought about doing it, then my advise is "do it!", I cant begin to write how much it helped me."
have completed the following courses:
I have attended the following training
Abortion, Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Addiction(s), Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Gambling, Internet Addiction, Smoking, Anger Management, Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Bereavement, Bullying, Career Counselling, Carer Support, Child Related Issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Couples Counselling, Debt Counselling, Depression, Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression, Postnatal Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Gender Identity, Infertility, Injury Related Depression, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Miscarriage, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Compulsive Hoarding, Passive Aggressive Behaviour, Personality Disorders, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Issues, Affairs and Betrayals, Family Issues, Pre-nuptial Counselling, Separation and Divorce, Self Harm, Sexual Issues, Sexuality, Stress, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Work Related Stress