JO VINALL COUNSELLING
Jo Vinall. Level 4 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. MBACP
Hi, my name is Jo. I am a qualified Person-Centred counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I practice from my cottage in the heart of Flackwell Heath, within the High Wycombe area.
My aim is to offer you a relaxed, confidential and non-judgemental space where you can talk openly and freely. Together we can work on achieving what it is that has brought you to counselling
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
I am an accredited pregnancy and infant loss counselling professional for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss or sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
In addition, I have the following qualifications:
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I have experience working for CRUSE bereavement and various counselling charities. I currently work in a hospice in High Wycombe.
These qualifications and experience enable me to work with clients who have come to counselling for a variety of reasons.
CONTINUING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
To me a counsellor’s journey is continuous, and it is important to me to continue building as much knowledge as possible.
Here are some recent CPD training courses that I have completed:
Ultimate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Toolkit
Infant Loss Training
Woking with end of life clients
Certificate in CRUSE bereavement care
MY APPROACH TO COUNSELLING
I offer you a confidential and relaxed space so you can feel comfortable offloading, exploring and processing what has brought you to counselling, along with your thoughts, feelings and experiences. I want you to gain clarity and decide what steps you need to take to move forwards. As we work as a team, my hope is that you will feel less alone with what you are experiencing.
Sometimes just having the space to talk to somebody who is impartial and trained to listen is all that clients need. Often clients tell me that having the opportunity to talk things through and be truly heard and understood, without being interrupted or being told what to do, can feel like a heavy weight has been lifted off their shoulders. You can feel a real sense of relief from unburdening your concerns.
My counselling roots are in Person-Centred counselling. This means I believe that you are the expert – after all, who knows you better than yourself? And that’s why I will not tell you what I think you should and shouldn’t do. Instead, we work together to identify and explore how you can manage what has brought you to counselling, along with identifying and exploring potential options and barriers so that you can move forwards.
In addition to Person-Centred counselling, I also use a Cognitive Behaviour approach, which can help you to identify unhelpful ways of thinking and replace these with more helpful and realistic ways, which will have a positive impact on your feelings and behaviours.
The counselling journey can be difficult at times. I know this, not just from my clients, but from my own experiences as well. I will do my upmost to help you feel relaxed. I feel that it is really important to find a counsellor that feels right for you; who you feel comfortable to talk openly with.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU
Clarify and gain an understanding of your feelings, concerns, current and past experiences. Taking time to explore feelings, concerns and experiences can help us to address them and make sense of them; perhaps learning to accept them or to let them go.
Explore how things can be changed or managed. Exploring potential options, solutions or new ways of managing can help you move forward and take control.
Identify patterns of unhelpful ways of thinking or behaving. I can help you to be aware of, and change any unhelpful ways of thinking or behaving, with the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.
See things from a different perspective. Sometimes when we are so involved in what we are experiencing, it is hard to see the woods from the trees. Taking a step back and viewing things in a different way can provide clarity and identify options that you were unable to see before.
Develop self-confidence and believe in yourself. Together we can explore your own inner strengths and resources.
Find your voice. Perhaps you are used to doing what is expected of you, and you have lost the connection to your inner voice.
Offload and to be truly heard. Sometimes we just need someone neutral to listen to us without interrupting or telling us about their similar experiences or offering advice.
Provide space just for you. It is so easy to forget our own needs as most of us are so busy juggling life. We often keep going with a brave face. I can offer you time and space that is dedicated to you and your needs.
Ensure you don't feel alone. We work as team and I hope this will help you to feel less isolated or fearful with what you may be experiencing or feeling.
‘You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending’
AREAS OF SPECIALISM
I have a particular interest in bereavement, pregnancy and infant loss, and relationship issues.
I have worked with clients who have experienced:
Low self esteem
Separation and divorce
FEES AND SESSIONS
FEES AND APPOINTMENTS
Counselling sessions cost £50 and last for 50 minutes.
I offer weekday appointments, but can be flexible. Please contact me to discuss your preference. Once we have established a convenient day that works for both of us, that will become our regular time working together.
Fees are payable by cash or card at the beginning or end of every session.
FREQUENCY OF SESSIONS
I find working with my clients on a weekly basis works well, as it gives time for the client to reflect and process their previous session. This regularity also helps for the therapeutic relationship to become established and for trust to develop.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL YOU NEED?
It is really hard to say how many sessions you will need, as we are all different.
I find it best to have regular reviews so that we can discuss how you are progressing and if you wish to continue.
I understand that sometimes things come up in our life that cannot be helped. Where possible I require at least 48 hours’ notice to cancel our session.
If sessions are continually being missed without this notice, then the full session fee will be charged.
Confidentiality is important as it helps you to feel comfortable to talk openly with me and for you to trust me. Please be reassured that I will keep whatever you say confidential, unless I believe you or someone else is at risk of serious harm.
I will take time to discuss confidentiality during our first session along with my privacy statement.
It's hard to choose a counsellor from words on a page, so I made a short video to say hi!
GET IN TOUCH
I practice from my cottage in heart of Flackwell Heath village, within High Wycombe. Parking is available.
I will confirm my address when you book your first session.