A safe space to explore what is important to you...
Call me on 07757 811985 or email me at help@jodampiercounselling.co.uk
How I work
I work with clients using an integrative approach.  This approach appreciates that no two clients are the same, so I will aim to use a counselling style that is best suited to you and to your specific difficulty.
 
I work in a Person-Centred way, which means that I will have an empathic understanding of your difficulties from your perspective, offer you respect without judgement, and be genuine and prepared to involve myself in our relationship.  I hope that my honest, authentic approach will encourage your trust.
 
I also make use of the Psychodynamic approach to better understand your difficulties.  I believe that it is important to explore and understand your historic experiences in order to make more sense of present-day life events and challenges.  We may unconsciously repeat unhealthy behaviours or ways of relating that originated in our childhoods.

Some of what I aim towards is for you to learn about yourself, to develop and grow, and to engage in relationships from an authentic, open and adult perspective.
About me
As well as having my own practice, I have clinical experience in a number of therapeutic settings.  I currently volunteer for a national mental health charity, providing assessment and crisis counselling; I have also offered long-term counselling there.  I have worked with clients in a GP referral service, clients in a university counselling service, and with secondary school students as both a mentor and as a counsellor, providing short-term counselling.
 
I am committed to extending my knowledge and understanding of client issues, so I undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to assist my work with clients.  I receive ongoing individual supervision of my work and belong to a supervision group.  Both are  excellent for widening my perspectives of clients and my own development.
 
I have taken introductory training in the safeguarding of both adults and children, and I have completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) two-day course.

Qualifications
I studied at the University of Greenwich for six years, gaining a Bachelor of Science (BSc) First Class Honours Degree in Psychology & Counselling.  After deciding to focus on counselling, I went on to study for a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Therapeutic Counselling, and was awarded a Distinction.
Some may feel that there is mystery surrounding counselling, or the talking therapies in general, and often people fear what they don't know.  However, I am always open and will often share theories or ways of thinking with the client, when appropriate, as a form of explanation or understanding regarding the work I am doing to aid the client's self-exploration.
Ethics
As a registered member of the BACP, I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  The register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  I am subject to it's Professional Conduct Procedures (please click the button below to learn more).
BACP Ethical Framework