I have been in counselling with Jo for almost a year and she has been a very compassionate supportive counsellor during this time. I suffer from PTSD and Depression. She has helped me in a sensitive way to unfold some of the root causes and helped me to find solutions for unhealthy life patterns. Jo helped me to find tools to change certain thought pattern and to help me understand what drags me into depression.
She is highly recommended as she brings a depth and knowledge about trauma which helped me to find a deeper understanding why I am the way I am.
She has made my life richer and I always had a sense of safety when I came. I felt I could connect with her and trust her completely.
Following one of many alcohol relapses and with a resistance to undergoing any form of counselling, thinking I could ‘go it alone’, I accepted a referral to the SWAN project, where Jo was assigned as my case counsellor. I’m now glad I attended SWAN and grateful that I had Jo as my counsellor.
Not only did Jo take the fear out of one to one counselling for me, she also took away my fear of recovery and sobriety. Jo equipped me with the tools to challenge my fundamentally negative and destructive thinking and to manage my recovery and sobriety. By the end of our time together I was less fretful, fearful and anxious about sobriety and relapse and had forgotten why I had been so resistant to counselling. Three and a half years on from our first meeting I’m still sober.
I not only came to consider Jo as a trusted counsellor, but also as a trusted friend and confidant. I am indebted to her for the way she helped me. Jo would say that I had helped myself, however, the empowerment to do so stemmed directly from her and our counselling sessions together.