MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons) Integrative Relational Counsellor and Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor
When you’re feeling confused, low or depressed it might not always be possible to speak to friends or family. You might fear judgement, not feel heard or not want to burden others. Counselling offers the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings in a warm, non-judgemental environment, where with renewed insight, you can begin to navigate your way through difficult times. Counselling can give life a new perspective, break old habits and improve self-esteem, leaving you feeling stronger and more confident.
I am an Integrative-Relational Counsellor and Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred). I have experience of working with adults and young people, from all walks of life, both as a counsellor in the NHS at Claremont Medical Centre, Surbiton and in Further Education at Guildford College of Further Education and Farnham Sixth Form. My integrative approach to counselling is Psychodynamic and Humanistic/Transpersonal, also covering Transactional Analysis, Attachment and Loss, Existentialism and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am an EMDR Europe Part 1 Qualified Therapist and a member of EMDR Association UK.
I care passionately about people and their uniqueness. My warm, empathic approach makes people feel at ease and quickly find a path towards growth and healing.
As a member of ACTO I have completed approved training for online and telephone counselling. Online and telephone counselling gives you the opportunity to access therapy via a secure and confidential method which is most convenient and comfortable for you.
‘Jo Bailey’s warmth and kindness really put me at ease and allowed for open and honest sessions. I would highly recommend her to anyone, particularly those like me who were nervous of the idea of counselling before meeting her.’ Geoff, 21, Surrey.
‘Jo works with great compassion and empathy. Her thoughtful and articulate summarising gently guides me to reflect on my current thought process and consider the direction I hope to move in. She listens without judgement and I have found our sessions enormously helpful.’ Sophie, 30, Surrey
‘I was referred to Jo due to mental health problems, and being the first time I had admitted this, I was unsure of everything. Jo put me at ease initially and helped me understand myself and my feelings. I now look at life in a different way. I am so grateful for the counselling. Thank you so much! Onwards and upwards!’ Andrew, 46, Surrey
‘I found the sessions very helpful. They helped me to cope with stresses that would have stopped me from attending college. I was closed off to the idea of counselling before I started, but since having the sessions I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my mood and ability to cope with things’ Jessica, 18, Hampshire
“As a supervisor, I experience Jo as very supportive, curious and helpful. We have developed a very comfortable and open working relationship which provides me with a safe space where I can openly explore my client work and gain deeper insight into my therapeutic relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Integrative-relational counselling?
Integrative-relational counselling brings together a range of different counselling and psycho-therapeutic theories and practices from a relational perspective. It is an effective form of counselling because given the diversity and complexity of human beings there is no single specific approach that is suitable for all.
What happens in the initial consultation?
During our initial 15 minute telephone consultation we will briefly discuss your current circumstances and best hopes from counselling/EMDR. I would hope to be able to answer any questions you might have.
What happens at the first session?
In our first 50 minute session (60 minute session-EMDR) we will discuss your current circumstances and relevant past experiences in more detail. The session is designed to give us both more of an idea whether we can work together to achieve your best hopes for the sessions.
Are the sessions confidential?
As a registered member of the BACP I offer confidential sessions in accordance with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Counselling professions.
How many sessions will I need?
I offer short and long term counselling. It’s recommended to start with a minimum contract of 6 weekly sessions. EMDR can differ from this with less complex issues dealt with in fewer weekly sessions. However, this is dependent on individual circumstances and would be discussed at our first session.
I am an accredited Supervisor with a Diploma in Clinical Supervision for group and individual counsellors working with adults and young people, online and face to face. I have experience of working with trainee and qualified counsellors in 1:1 and small group settings both in private practice and voluntary agency. As a Clinical Supervisor of trainee counsellors at Help Counselling I have experience of working within organisations.
I offer a collaborative space in which Supervisees feel both supported and challenged whether in training, fully qualified, working towards accreditation or beyond.
My focus is on developing a therapist’s own style of practice, increasing confidence, competence and creativity. Together we ensure that you are working ethically and in the best interests of your clients.
“Jo encourages autonomy, demonstrates counselling experience and offers sound ethical guidance. Working with Jo I have been able to attain supervision more suited to my work with adolescents and this has been invaluable for growing my confidence and competence with this client group.” Catherine, MBACP Integrative Counsellor.
Please contact me for further information and to see whether we could work effectively together to support your work and development.
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