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I believe that every human contains the potential to be and do more than just merely exist or survive life’s journey. With the right help and support, difficulties and concerns can be worked through to enable you to thrive, whatever the circumstances.

If you are considering counselling with Thrive, I hope this website will provide you with information to help you make your choice more easily. If you have any further questions, please do get in touch.

Thank you for visiting

Jo

About Me

Hi, I’m Jo Adamson

I am a professional and compassionate counsellor and work together with clients from all backgrounds and circumstances according to their individual needs and desires. I offer a warm and non-judgemental space to explore troubling issues, whether past, present, potential, individual, relational or spiritual.

Areas I work with include: anxiety, depression, bereavement, loss, trauma, abuse, stress, panic, attachment, relationship difficulties, ill-health, identity confusion, dissociation, self-harm, suicidality, anger, self-confidence, school/work-related stress, and existential or spiritual issues. I work with adults and children/young people from the age of 11 plus.

I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I will individually tailor knowledge and tools from different types of counselling (including Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, and Gestalt approaches, along with mindfulness techniques, and creative interventions) according to what I believe will best help you. I value your ongoing feedback in order to remain working with you most effectively.

I am committed to providing a professional and ethical service and to keeping your information confidential and secure, therefore I have an Enhanced DBS; I am a member of two professional bodies, the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychologists) and the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors); I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO); I attend regular supervision and I maintain continuing professional development (CPD).

FAQs

Where does counselling take place? Counselling takes place on the ground floor in a private rented room in Stafford town centre. I will make every effort to ensure there will be minimal disturbance to our sessions, however, on occasions, other users or staff may frequent the premises and extraneous noise may not be eliminated.

Room 1, Trinity Church
Mount Street
Stafford
ST16 2BZ

This is opposite Wilko, please use the door nearest Sainsburys.

I also have a limited availability to make home visits, for those who may be unable to access this setting. Please ask.

What facilities are there? There are toilets, a small waiting area, and the Trinity Tea Room is open 9:30 – 12:30, Monday – Friday (excluding Wednesday). There is disabled access (and toilet) from the door closest to the market (we may need to book sessions around other users to access the counselling room).

– When are you available? I am currently available to offer sessions:

  • Monday evening home visits
  • Tuesday evening home visits
  • Wednesday 09:30 – 19:30
  • Thursday 09:30 – 14:30

How much do you charge? A normal session, lasting between 50 and 60 minutes, costs £30. An 80 to 90 minute session costs £45. Those with financial difficulties, please speak to me about your situation.

– How can I pay? Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or bank transfer, and is required in advance or on the day of the appointment (unless an invoice arrangement to a third party is in place).

How long does counselling take? I offer both long and short-term counselling. In our first session together we can discuss this. It is likely to depend upon your goals for counselling, the issues you bring and financial implications. I often suggest planning for 6 sessions and then reviewing, but this can be renegotiated at any point within our work together.

– How often do we meet? Generally, I see clients on a weekly basis, sometimes fortnightly, occasionally monthly. It depends upon what you feel you need, and where we are in the counselling process. Occasionally a longer break than usual may be necessary to allow for continuing professional development (CPD), holidays, or, of course, sickness.

– How do I make an appointment? You can call, text, or email me to arrange a preliminary appointment. If we agree to work together, 2 further appointments will be made during each session.

What if I can’t make an appointment? Please try to give at least 48 hours’ notice of the need to cancel an appointment or you may be charged the agreed fee. Due consideration will be given to genuine crises or sickness that occurs at short notice.

What qualifications and experience do you have? Dip. (HE) Counselling Cert. Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) Cert. Working with Children, Young People, Adolescents and Families Cert. Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma Dip. Intercultural Studies (NZ)

I have an Enhanced DBS and am experienced in charity, NHS staff, and private settings.

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Privacy Policy

This information forms part of a contract that we will sign should counselling commence.

Confidentiality

Information given to me during the counselling process and any records will be kept private and confidential, with the following exceptions:

  • Legal – I have an obligation to share information concerning the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults; acts of terrorism; serious illegal behaviour, and adherence to court orders.
  • Moral – I have an ethical responsibility if I believe there to be an imminent risk of serious injury or death to yourself or others.
  • Professional – I may share anonymised information with my supervisor in the course of delivering the best service to you.

Data Protection

In order to fulfil my responsibilities as a counsellor, I will keep a record of your name, address, contact details and GP practice; these will be kept in a locked filing cabinet. Separately, under a code or pseudonym, I will keep brief factual notes of our sessions together, also locked away. Information will be kept for 7 years following the conclusion of our work together, unless legal or professional circumstances determine otherwise.

I will keep contact details on my (work) mobile phone, and where we agree to communicate by text, call or email, any messages may be kept for the same duration as counselling notes. The phone is password protected and details are stored in a secure ‘cloud’ for restoration if is lost or stolen.

You have the right to ask to see any information held by me about you. You may ask verbally or in writing, and I will endeavour to provide you with the information requested within four weeks. You also have the right to ask for information held to be corrected or deleted. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.