About Jo                                                                                      

Me, talk to a therapist? You must be joking!

To be honest, I never thought I would contact a psychotherapist - it just wasn’t the kind of thing I did. But a few years ago I found myself stuck with a tricky problem and so decided to go and see a brief therapist specialising in human givens. I’d heard about human givens therapy on BBC radio and recommended it to friends on several occasions; their positive feedback encouraged me to try it out for myself.

Practical and personalised

I was impressed with the practical, personalised and speedy support that I received. I felt lighter, much more positive and optimistic about the future. I also knew that I could make any changes more easily than I’d previously imagined. And so I decided to retrain so that I could offer similar support to others. 

And I did – I left my career in international marketing after completing an MA-level Postgraduate Diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy at Nottingham Trent University. I now enjoy working with a wide variety of people and helping them move on from a range of difficulties. 

Supervision and training

I have since qualified as a human givens supervisor and offer training workshops and supervision to all sorts of people: therapists and beyond.

I ran two training workshops at Sarcoma UK's first ever national conference,The Big Conversation.

Friendly, accessible and human

I firmly believe that therapy should be a pleasant experience which leaves you feeling calmer, more positive and confident. So you will find that I take a friendly, accessible and non-judgmental approach in all our meetings.

Swift, sensible support

I won't waste your time just endlessly listening to you or trying to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories from the past: research shows that this can upset people more when they are feeling vulnerable. 

Specialist trauma treatment

However, if a trauma or phobia is holding you back I can quickly and safely neutralise it so that you are able to move forward. I will help you identify which needs are not being met in your life and find new ways to meet these needs by activating your own natural abilities to solve problems.

Help for all ages

I work with people at all stages of life, from primary school children to people in retirement. I also work with couples. Each person brings a completely different set of circumstances which we work together to address. 

Children and young people

I have a particular passion for working with young people and children, and work at Ignite Trust, a charity in Harrow that offers practical support to at-risk and vulnerable young people and young parents. I also work one-to-one with children in primary and secondary schools, including a Pupil Referral Unit, for children who have been excluded from mainstream school. 

I have developed a successful Emotional Resilience in Schools Programme which is being rolled out in schools across North London. I also take referrals from local councils,  Social Services and Children's Service and other agencies.

It is inspiring to help children and young people quickly find the strength to move on, build coping skills and stretch towards their full potential.

Emotional Resilience at work

I devise and run Emotional Resilience courses for people facing stress in the workplace. I am able to offer tailored group work and individual sessions as needed. I also take referrals from The Red Poppy, offering specialist workplace trauma and stress management.

I also provide support and training to staff and volunteers at Sarcoma UK. In March 2014 I ran two workshops at their national conference, The Big Conversation.

Psychological rehabilitation after injury

I am an approved psychotherapist with CBT Rehabilitation Ltd, and offer specialist CBT-based psychological rehabilitation to patients recovering from personal injury.

Courses for Parents

As an experienced course leader on the acclaimed Just What We Need programme for parents, I run regular twelve-week courses with groups of parents and anyone wishing to understand their own emotional needs and improve their relationships. 

Military post-traumatic stress

I am an accredited therapist with the charity Resolution, which provides treatment to veterans to resolve the mental health problems associated with military trauma. These problems can obstruct a normal range of family and work relationships for veterans, and yet can often be resolved with the right kind of help. 

Open to new developments

I am fully committed to continuing professional development and ongoing study. As a Registered Member of the Human Givens Institute and the International Center for Clinical Excellence, I keep up-to-date with the latest findings in neuroscience and mental health research. This means that I have a sound body of current knowledge, as well as the skills to help quickly with a wide spectrum of emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

I also hold a Certificate in Workplace Coaching from The Open University. 

Find me on the Professional Register of the Human Givens Institute

Professional Memberships

Human Givens Institute (HGI)
Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), recognised by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE)

Why not get in touch and see if my friendly approach feels right for you.