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Welcome to Jo Burch Counselling and Psychotherapy

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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, behaviours and what you notice in your body.

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.

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“[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.”

Irvin Yalom

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My Story

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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

Other training and professional development:

Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy - The Embody Lab

Certified HaveningTechniques® Practitioner -



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

Autism and ADHD

​Trauma, specific and chronic

Childhood issues

Chronic illness

The mind-body connection

Nervous system regulation

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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.

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How could Havening help?

Have you found it hard to shake off past traumatic experiences?

Are you suffering with chronic pain which is making life hard to cope with?

Do you need a break from the swirl of thoughts and feelings in your mind and body?

Do you have a phobia holding you back from living life to the full?

Havening Techniques ® can offer a way of being able to release you from overwhelming pain and distress; the opportunity to be free of the past so you can thrive, not just survive.

The psychosensory treatment can create a gentle and compassionate way of bringing relief from suffering quickly and effectively, building emotional and mental resilience and boosting physical wellbeing.

I offer one-to-one sessions in person or online to support you to release past trauma and create a new, more resourceful future. I can also give you the tools to support yourself at home or work in moments of everyday stress, worry or anxiety.

Havening is a simple and gentle technique that can interrupt and replace the connections in your mind which keep difficult experiences alive.

It works by breaking the chains in your brain that link uncomfortable feelings and physical sensations to conscious and unconscious memories of the past. It is when these connections become triggered that you may have been left feeling helpless and trapped and lacking in hope that life can be different.

We can create Havening sessions tailored to your personal experience and to envision a future with your aims and specific goals in mind to give you the chance to have the life you want.

Havening can help people who experience:

  • Phobias such as fear of flying, water, heights and spiders

  • Fear of driving or unresolved pain following a car accident

  • Sudden loss

  • Broken relationships

  • Chronic pain and/or fatigue with causes known or undetermined

  • Abuse

  • Bullying

  • Combat, war or emergency situations

  • Witnessing frightening events

  • Serious injury or illness

  • Burnout

  • Chronic stress

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Panic attacks

  • A sense of overwhelm

  • Fear of abandonment

  • Unresolved anger

Havening – or creating a safe haven - is a psychosensory technique which permanently stops the neurons holding the biological imprint of trauma from being able to trigger unhelpful responses. It has similarities with other psychosensory techniques such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Healing with Havening is literally in your own hands as it uses the sensory input of touch as a key part of its self-soothing effectiveness.

You make stroking movements over your upper arms, hands and face to trigger delta waves in the brain, waves that are usually mostly active in our deep healing sleep.












The delta waves in turn prompt chemical chain-reactions in the amygdala, a part of our brain which triggers our fear-related behaviour in response to threat or danger.

This removes specific AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) receptors from the surface of neurons in the amygdala where the traumatic event is ‘stored’ and unlinks the sensory information encoded – sights, sounds, smell, touch, taste, emotions, thoughts, feelings and pain - when the event happened.

Havening can be done without words and without having to go into the traumatic story, making it a gentle way of processing difficult experiences. Also, if we don’t have the story behind the pain and distress, we don’t have to go digging for answers.

As well as releasing you from the grip of the trauma, Havening also increases feelgood neurotransmitters such as GABA, serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine and decreases stress hormones such as cortisol, which is harmful to health if levels are consistently high.

Some of the neuroscience behind Havening
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Hours and cost

Monday and Friday: 9am - 8pm

Wednesday and Thursday: 9am - 8pm

 £55 for 60 minutes

I require 24 hours notice to change or cancel an appointment or full payment is due.

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Contact Me - I aim to respond by the next working day. If it seems you've not received a response from me or an out-of-office reply, please check your spam folder as often my emails land there.

07723 551045

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