Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through talking therapy, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
We offer support with
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Jo is a qualified and accredited CBT therapist and also a fully qualified EMDR therapist with a background of mental health nursing. She has over 10 years experience of working with people with mental health difficulties in a variety of settings, however her passion has always been working with those struggling with depression and anxiety. She has a special interest in compassion-focused therapy and this is strongly influences the therapy she delivers.
Jo is accredited with BABCP and is working towards accreditation with EMDR Association
HE dip Mental health nursing
PG Dip CBT
EMDR training Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
EMDR Asscociation Uk & Ireland
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help with a variety of mental health concerns by challenging how you thinks and behave. It is evidence-based to be as effective as medication in the treatment of depression but more effective at preventing recurrence. Research has also shown it to be an effective treatment for all kinds of anxiety-related difficulties and is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
How does it work?
In CBT we divide a difficulty into 5 areas:
CBT looks at how these 5 areas interact to help us understand how difficulties are maintained
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
How does it work?
EMDR involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions. With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach.
Taken from EMDR Institute Inc
How long does a session last?
Generally each session lasts around 50 minutes, but is dependant on your individual needs and the type of therapy you receive
How many sessions will I need?
This is entirely dependant on your individual needs. During therapy your goals and treatment plan will be regularly reviewed to ensure that you get the most benefit from your time with us.
How long should I leave between sessions?
Generally we suggest at least one week between sessions. This allows you time to reflect on discussions and practice skills & techniques developed during sessions. Usually we leave slightly longer between sessions towards the end of therapy to allow a smoother transition to recovery.
How much will it cost?
This is dependant on the type of therapy you receive and the day/time of your appointment. Prices start at £50 per session.
How do I know you offer a quality service?
We work to strict practice guidelines set out by professional bodies. These guidelines are available upon request, or can be accessed by the link belwo
"The use of EMDR has helped reduce my social anxiety. When I recall past memories, they no longer cause any anxiety. My confidence has improved greatly and I am now able to contribute to social situations without feeling anxious"
"I was a little sceptical about therapy prior to my treatment. I would thoroughly recommend it. It has helped me so much and I feel much better now. Very professional service!"
"It has helped me to overcome and understand a really dark, tough time in my life and I feel like a changed person!"
"Put simply, I do not know how I would have gotten through this year without your support, your guidance, the expert knowledge of techniques that helped me so much through the every day life with anxiety and depression and your selfless approach to making sure I had treatment when I needed it, especially in the early days when I was unable to leave the house. Thank you for providing first class therapy in a warm, kind and friendly way. It has helped me to feel like me again."
"I feel I had a skewed view that I had built up over many years & I believed that to be true. Jo helped me see that other options were there and she enabled me to take down my walls of security so I can feel more emotions and see I have other options instead of dismissing everything I was afraid of. I feel I now have the tools to rationalise my thought process"
"I went into therapy trying to keep an open mind, but I remember thinking 'I'm too far gone, how can I get better?' and now here I am! I am not the person I was before my trauma - I am stronger. EMDR & CBT techniques have changed how i see past traumatic events, have relieved me from a great hole of depression & saved me from my PTSD and anxiety. Jo was so supportive, non-judgemental and empathic. I'd recommend EMDR to anyone suffering because there's no such thing as 'too far gone' and Jo has shown (and proved) that to me"
"After my initial assessment with Jo, I was put at ease immediately, she has been a consummate professional during the process of my therapy and her use of stories & analogies have really helped me to put things into perspective. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jo & East Staffs Therapy Services for anyone needing help for anxiety & depression! Thank you so much!"
The main aspects of my data protection policy are listed below.
Pay for your sessions in adavnce of your appointment