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 enables you the tools to make the most of your future and finding your happiness. If you’re considering sharing your thoughts and emotions with me it feels only right to share a little of myself with you. Whilst Im a fully trained professional Integrative Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor; Im also just a pretty “”normal”” kind of person, please don’t let the job title intimidate you, I too struggle with my own issues some days. Some days just feel a bit too much don’t they? I mostly get through those days with as much of a smile as I can muster, and a few expletives #counsellorwhoswears. I love to laugh, and always try to find a positive in every situation, but it hasn’t always been this way. I have had difficult times in my life when it felt that I would never laugh again, or be able to see positives or feel gratitude, and that’s what gives me the passion I have to help you through your difficult times. You are far more resilient than you believe, its only been you that’s got you through life this far, so sometimes we need to be reminded of that and give ourselves a pat on the back. Ive gained experience in many issues during my time as a counsellor, through agency work, private practice and five years working for the NHS IAPT contract in the local areas. Its given me extensive experience in Disability, Chronic Fatigue, Long term health conditions, Domestic Abuse, Anxiety and Depression. I work with all ages and offer both short and long term counselling. 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 very personally with each individual client and presenting issue. 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. Please feel free to browse my website: www.affinitycounselling.org
or Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/JoPrivatePractice/
for further information on myself and counselling. Whilst I am currently based in Teynham, Sittingbourne I also cover areas such as Faversham, Swale, Sheerness. I also offer both telephone and Skype counselling Nation-wide.