Jo has worked in health and social care settings for 30 years and as a qualified Occupational Therapist for the last 15.
She is a registered Allied Health Professional (AHP), a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, EMDR UK, and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Throughout this time, she has been a dedicated person-centered therapist, promoting and facilitating independence with people of all ages. Jo has worked in various settings, including acute hospital wards, visits to people’s houses, job centres and therapy centres. She has continually looked to develop skills to assist with the prevention and improvement of health and well-being with the goal of maximising individuals’ quality of life.
As an Occupational Therapist when assessing how people manage their everyday activities and interactions within society and formulating, reviewing, and adjusting treatment plans, it became increasingly evident to Jo, that trauma, as well as adverse life experiences, has an impact on how people manage their day-to-day life. In response to this, she decided to specialise in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
With the wealth of experience she has generated over her career with the NHS, she is ideally suited to deliver an effective creative, therapeutic program for a wide range of individuals. Jo uses EMDR as it is a scientifically proven psychotherapy with a large evidence base. She will work with you to understand your symptoms that occur in daily life that may be arising from past adverse life experiences and recent or past trauma.
Jo has a passion to help people feel better, less stressed and less traumatised. She understands the impact that trauma and life experiences can have on day-to-day living. She is an experienced health care professional. Her area of interest is working with individuals that face challenges with their physical and mental health that they find difficult to manage. This includes living with depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, PTSD symptoms, disturbing memories, chronic stress, chronic pain, grief, and all forms of abuse.
She has a warm and generous character and will provide a safe and open environment in which to allow you to work through the process.
As someone who has undergone EMDR therapy herself, she has a deep understanding of the need for, and the positive results that can be achieved using this therapy. Jo is personally aware of the difficulty of reaching out for help and how hard it can be. However, once engaged in the process she now appreciates how life-changing it was for herself and how debilitated she had been previously. She is a firm believer in the results achieved with EMDR therapy and is dedicated to providing this service for others seeking to reduce distress in their lives.
Qualifications & Experience
EMDR Association UK
Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)
Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) including continuous professional development (CPD)
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy