Jo Aldred Brighton Counsellor headshot

“the most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering."

- Ben Okri

Hi, i’m jo

Welcome here. If you’re on this page then you’re probably considering counselling and wondering if I’d be a ‘good fit’, or know how to help and to gleam a general feel as to who I am.

Counselling can help in many ways. Having a regular appointment where you can discuss, explore and understand what’s happening for you can feel very grounding and holding. Knowing that this space is just for you. Some clients consider therapy as being part of their self-care, ensuring that mental wellbeing is taken care of.


I work from a humanistic modality - mainly Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt, where the core beliefs are that every person has worth, the right to autonomy (to decide their own future), that a person should feel safe and secure in order to explore their sense of self and there's mutuality. All Humanistic therapies share an underlying philosophy that if a person is provided with the right conditions for growth, they'll always move towards change. I find the humanistic approach fits well with my own personal morals and values of integrity, honesty and empathy.

I see our work as collaborative and sometimes I may suggest a book to read, mindfulness or another tool that might guide you to a greater sense of Self. I work creatively and I’m interested in the stories we tell of ourselves. Often, I may use imagery, metaphor, dreams and interventions so we can explore your sense of Self through a holistic lens. Ultimately, I believe in the transformative power of connection.


experience

As a practitioner, I’ve worked as a voluntary therapist at an inner city college in the Midlands working predominately with an 18+ age group. Seeing clients within this setting has meant an incredibly diverse demographic who have wide-ranging reasons for referral. My work with them often focussed on them finding their own voice, autonomy, feeling safe to express their feelings. their parental relationships and to embrace their vulnerabilities in the face of tragedy.

Currently, I undertake shorter-term focussed sessions with families and carers of substance users. This entails either agreeing a psychological contract (what they would like to change about themselves or their life) from the outset or working on an emerging contract (where there’s not a specific goal but an exploration to see what’s present for them).

I’m also an honorary psychotherapist within an NHS service, offering counselling interventions over 6 sessions to members of staff.

Due to the nature of my clinical & voluntary work, I’ve a experience of working with anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic growth. In addition to parents and their relationships.

With all therapeutic work, I have an experienced supervisor to ensure I continue to excel with my professional standards and development.


qualifications

Accredited Registrant (MNCS Accred) by The National Counselling Society

  • BA (Hons) - Humanistic Counselling Practice

  • Level 2 & Level 3 in Counselling skills & theory

  • TA101: Introduction to Transactional Analysis

  • Certificate in Group Therapy

OTHER INFO:

  • Fully insured

  • Enhanced DBS check


If you’d like to discuss your therapy needs, please contact me via the link below.

I look forward to hearing from you