The Counselling Mind

PRIVATE Practice ACCREDITED Counsellor


CBT and Integrative counselling for Adults, Teenagers & Couples , Counselling supervision for experienced and trainee counsellors.

Welcome


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Welcome

My name is Jo Ann and I have been counselling people just like you since 2005. I am a very experienced and engaging psychotherapeutic counsellor and I give my expertise and time within a supportive and at times challenging therapy space. I have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience of working voluntarily in varied counselling agencies and GP NHS surgeries. I am a very experienced private practice counsellor. I understand how your emotions and thought processes can affect you and at how that can have an impact on your daily life, through behaviour's that may be showing as Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Identity, Loss, Self Esteem, Low mood, and much more. Through the counselling therapy process, I will listen to you, guide you, and be able to support you through any difficult feelings and emotions.

I have a broad range of knowledge of mental health issues including, Anxiety, depression Identity, loss, trauma, childhood attachment issues, and many more and I engage with my clients in a very professional, relaxed and transparent way.

I am also a counselling supervisor and I engage supervisees within a collaborative and informative therapeutic framework.

Please feel free to read/browse the rest of my website, as it is important that you make your informed choice.

So don't be alone with how you are thinking and feeling. I offer to you, the SPACE and TIME to feel safe and supported.

Below is the other bits about qualifications, I guess they have to go somewhere, to let you know that I am qualified and experienced in being able to support you.

Core Qualifications
Level 7 Post graduate diploma in Integrative humanistic counselling (Pg. Dip.Int. Coun)
Certificate in counselling skills (Foundation level)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills (Dip.Cbt)
Diploma in counselling children & young people (Dip. Coun.ch.yp)
Cruse Bereavement Care Certificate in Major incident response,
Cruse Bereavement Care accredited certificate in bereavement awareness skills.
Certificate in bereavement care, (Cruse)
British psychological society Certificate in clinical supervision (BPS),
Open university foundation Certificate in Health & social care (HSC Open)


Professional Memberships/Accreditation/Affiliates
Accredited Psychotherapeutic counsellor (NCS)
Registered Member of The BACP (British Assoc of counselling & psychotherapy) (MBACP)
Member of the BABCP
Affiliate counsellor for CBT Health.
Affiliate counsellor for TAC

Additional qualifications
Diploma in child counselling (OA.Dip)
Certificate in Bereavement care (Accredited)
Diploma in counselling children and adolescents (Dip.ch,adl)
Certificate in Health & social care (HSC open)
Certificate in Family dynamics

There are three seperate ways to get in contact with me, either clicking on the telephone handset icon at the top right hand corner of my website to which goes straight to my contact number, or by emailing me by using the contact form.

There is a gift in being human! The gift is YOU!  

Jo ann
Integrative Counsellor
MBACP Registered

Accredited NCS





First Appointment


First Appointment
 Being your counsellor!

Any new choice that we make can sometimes be difficult. Here at The counselling mind, I aim to make your experience as welcoming and comfortable as I can.

The ethos is that clients enter counselling for many and varied reasons. Each individual or couple has there own story/s to tell and that each story is unique to that person. The important thing is that WE agree together as to what may work for you, during your time whilst in counselling.

One of the aims of counselling is the relationship that will be based on connection, trust, empathy, and I will be non-judge-mental. This will hopefully aid you to feel comfortable, and safe to be able to discover your true feelings and any emotions within a neutral environment.

What I will not do is give advice, or judge you in any way. Instead I hope that you will develop a much better understanding of yourself and others. What Counselling may do is  increase your self awareness to stop you repeating some of the unhelpful patterns and behaviours that can be strongly engrained in your life, so that you can make positive choices for yourself.

What happens when we meet!

The first meeting that we have is a full 50 minutes, so a complete counselling session. This enables you to talk about what has brought you to counselling and go through any questions you may have. You will be encouraged to explore the problems you are facing and express your resulting emotions and thoughts. All counselling with you my client is unique to you.

Counselling will always be a very personal journey. I will support you and sometimes guide you through any difficult and painful emotions, therefore making sure that you are supported all the way through your counselling process.

How long will counselling last for!

This again is very individual. It depends on your issues that you may need or want to address and also on your progress. Generally I offer short term counselling of a few weeks or, longer term over the course of extended months.

The counselling that I offer is for:
  • Individual
  • Teenagers
  • Couples
  • Retired Individuals/couples
What might be my outcome from counselling!

Every person is individual and unique thereby, your experience of your counselling is dependent on your commitment to the counselling process. Example (attending regularly). Therefore any results that you may want, does also depend on what you would like the outcome to be.

On an ending note:
Counselling changes lives, but your willingness and commitment to yourself is the key.



CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short, is a talking therapy that is based upon the theory of thoughts and feelings and how these can affect our behavior and how our bodies feel. If we change one of these, then perhaps the others will alter. CBT helps with becoming aware of and to notice when any problamatic thinking styles, or any repeating patterns of behaviour keep re-occurring and get in the way of your daily routine.

Below is some of the issues that CBT therapy may help you with!
Anxiety - including PTSD, Panic attacks
Depression
Sleep difficulties
Anger management
Chronic fatique/pain













Supervision


Supervision
Be real, be you, have fun!

I now provide supervision for counsellors that are experienced or are in training to become a counsellor.

I very much view the supervisee as an individual, yet within a framework of mutual respect and development. I will support you and help you to reflect on your working ways as an already practising counsellor or as a trainee.

One of the reasons that we seek supervision is because, when practising, the awareness is of the ethical framework of those professional bodies, such as the BACP and the UKCP, to which is important, but more importantly, supervision is a great way to self develop you the person, you the practioner and to become aware of our own self supervisor.

Having had the experience of supervision for the past 13 years, I wholeheartedly enjoy the experience and could not be without this vital process.

What do I offer you

  1. Counselling supervision for individual or for up to two people.
  2. A safe environment for you to discover those areas of counselling that may be troubling you and to seek out that what makes you tick as the working counsellor.
  3. Self reflection
  4. Encouragment
  5. Collaboration
  6. A non-judgemental space for exploration of your client work.
  7. Encouragement of recognising your achievements
My clients for supervision are:

  1. Counsellors in training
  2. Counsellors who are currently working within private practice
The cost to you is:

£45 .00 Individual supervision of 90 minutes




Counselling Fees In Bexley park/Dartford


Counselling Fees In Bexley park/Dartford
Counselling Fees:  In Bexley park/Dartford

Individual - £45.00 Per counselling of 60 minutes daytime appointments
Individual - £45.00 Per counselling of 60 minutes evening appointments

Teenagers - £30.00 Per counselling of up to 60 minutes

Couples -      £60.00 per counselling of 1 hour

Contact


  • Anvil Terrace Dartford
  • My practice is on the borders of Bexley and Dartford.. There is plenty of parking.

I specialise in!


Integrative Counselling

This means that I use a varying amount of theoretical knowledge, as I believe and in my experience as a counsellor, that one theory does not fit with every issue. Therefore enabling a more designed way of working with you.

Anxiety

Are you feeling nervous, scared or shaky. Are you constantly thinking about things and unable to stop that thinking. DO you get panic attacks and feel fearful of going out or driving somewhere. Perhaps during your everyday life, this has become a struggle? Do you find yourself tearful either all of the time or just some of the time. Are you experiencing OCD, panic, fear, constant thinking? If you have found yourself answering yes to anything above, then CBT therapy may be a way of helping you.

Relationships

Are you a couple that have or are experiencing communication difficulties. Are you a teenager that maybe experiencing difficulties at school or at home, or maybe with friends, in particular if you are being bullied. Do you feel fed-up, stuck, angry, not sure of what to do, feeling low and unable to concentrate, then by using a counselling talking therapy, may help you to engage with you and find out just what and as to why you are experiencing the way that you think and feel.

Bereavement

Loosing someone that is close to you either by sudden or prolonged illness, road accidents, or in anyway can be a very difficult process to experience. You may feel isolated or lost or alone, but maybe by getting some help via a counselling platform of a talking therapy, may help with your grieving process. To know that you are not alone and are supported within a trusting, non-judgemental, environment such as talking therapy may aid your grief and how you deal with that grief and loss. There is no time limit to your loss and grieving process, as this is individual to each person. There is no pressure on you to perform and be a certain way within counselling, instead I am there so as you can be you. I will support you and give you time to express feelings, to be quiet if you need to, help your thinking processess. But I will not be hurrying you along for a result, instead we go at YOUR pace.

How to deal with Anxiety


How to deal with Anxiety How to deal with Anxiety How to deal with Anxiety
Try these when you're feeling anxious or stressed:

  1. Take a time-out. ...
  2. Eat well-balanced meals. ...
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  4. Get enough sleep. ...
  5. Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. ...
  6. Take deep breaths. ...
  7. Count to 10 slowly. ...
  8. Do your best.

Information


COUNSELLING

Is a more shorter term therapy and usually lasts between 6 and 15 sessions. This type of therapy helps with identifying coping ways for any issue within your life.I offer you a space that is non-judgemental, empathic, and structured in a mutually working way.

PSYCHOTHERAPY

This is a longer term and open-ended therapy that enables you to have the time and space to really delve into the deeper issues that may be affecting you and your life. This helps you to access any unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour and enables the self to process those locked in thinking processess that can be from past experiences. The way that we will work with this is within the AEPT model of theory to which looks at the patterned matching of emotions that are linked to any past trauma experience. This then enables for a changed way of being and thinking.

A.E.P.T. PSYCHOTHERAPY

A. Activating Event/Agent

E. Emotion

P. Pattern-Matching

T. Thoughts

This is a solution focus way of working with your thought patterns, that matches to a past trauma event. Particularly for PTSD.