A Bit About Therapy
Maybe you're feeling lost and confused about which direction to take? Perhaps you're alone and lonely with no one to talk to? Is sadness weighing you down? Or are you so stressed and anxious that life is overwhelming?
It's completely normal to find life tough at times but you don't have to struggle alone. I'm Jo Burch and I can help you find a way through your difficulties.
I aim to offer a safe, warm, non-judgemental space for you to be you, away from the pressures of everyday life.
I will listen with empathy and compassion as I earn your trust to allow you to speak freely about your feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
We will explore what you're finding hard, look at the changes you need to make and I will support you to find your own way through. It may also be that some things can't be changed and I can help you to find acceptance.
“[We are] fellow travellers...We are all in this together and there is no therapist and
no person immune to the inherent
tragedies of existence.”
Hello, I'm Jo.
My path into counselling and psychotherapy has been one of interesting variety. My fascination with people and what makes us who we are first led me into journalism. My passion to help others arose while working as a reporter, hearing many people's stories about difficult circumstances they had witnessed or experienced.
After a number of years of volunteering with the homeless and other disadvantaged people, I moved into working with young people at risk of crime within the charity sector and with adults and young people with physical and mental health difficulties in health and social care.
I then completed a basic counselling course as I wanted to explore further the causes of people's difficulties and learn more about how to support others. I had many moments of awareness about myself and others and my desire to become a psychotherapist was born.
My working life seems to have come full circle. I still have the great privilege of hearing people's stories but now I also have the pleasure of walking alongside my clients as I witness the healing and the growth which allows them to lead richer and more fulfilling lives.
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy - Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham, awarded by Staffordshire University
PG Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy
Foundation Access Course in Counselling and Psychotherapy
ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
I have full clinical membership of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, an organisation which regulates psychotherapists, promotes high standards of practice and by whose ethical standards I abide.
Special areas of interest:
Stress-related emotional and physical difficulties
Trauma, specific and chronic
The mind-body connection
What To Expect
At Your Visit
It's not unusual to feel nervous before coming for counselling or psychotherapy for the first time. I have experienced therapy myself and, despite knowing I was taking a positive step, I felt anxious.
People come to therapy for many different reasons and, in our first session, we will look briefly at what has led you to seek help.
Some of the areas I can help with include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, stress-related emotional and physical difficulties, chronic illness, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, anger management, healing of trauma and abuse, family problems and childhood issues.
We will look together at your goals and what changes you feel you need to make. We will explore what fits you best as an individual and, unless there are concerns for your welfare or that of others, our conversations will be confidential.
Most importantly, it is essential I am the right person for you. If you do not feel comfortable with me, it will be difficult for you to open up with honesty, trust me with your story and gain the most from our time together. It is ok to say if I am not that person and I will treat you with respect and integrity whatever your decision.
The words counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably to describe the process of growth by working through difficulties. Sometimes, counselling is seen as short-term, perhaps up to 12 sessions to focus on a specific issue; whereas psychotherapy looks at psychological growth in greater depth and requires a longer term commitment.
If you decide I am the right person for you, we will discuss what might be best for you and will regularly review how you feel the therapy is working or what we could do differently to support positive change.
Hours and cost
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 9am - 4pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 9am - 8pm
£45 for one hour
I require 24 hours notice to change or cancel an appointment or full payment is due.