Hi, I'm Jo and I'm a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I also deliver Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy www.babcp.com
Although I grew up here in Hastings, I have lived, studied and worked in lots of places and believe this has helped me to develop an eclectic approach to mental well-being. I have been fascinated with the subject of psychology and psychological therapies for as long as I can remember. My aim is to share my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm as far as possible!
Before the Pop is all about sharing evidence-based therapy tools and techniques to help people to get the most out of their lives.
Arguably modern life brings with it many challenges for our mental health and well-being. In an age where we can be constantly connected, it can be difficult to switch off. Many of us are guilty of checking our work e-mails just before bed, or spending part of our evening or weekend catching up with work, or 'getting ahead'. And it's not just work that can be more difficult to switch off from - it's social stuff too. We have so many ways to keep in touch with (and keep an eye on!) others - Facebook; Twitter; Instagram to name a few. It's human nature to compare ourselves and our lives with others. The pressure comes when we are comparing our own unedited, unfiltered lives with those shiny, happy ones that seem to proliferate our screens.
In these exciting and challenging times more than ever, I believe that looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. When we think about being fit and healthy we often focus purely on the physical aspects. Looking after our physical health involves building physical strength, resilience and flexibility through exercise, along with healthy habits and lifestyle choices. We know that if we look after our physical health then we stand a better chance of staying well for longer.
'Before the Pop' really builds on this idea by applying these same elements to looking after our mind's well-being by building resilience, strength and flexibility. Through mindfulness and present moment focus exercises we are able to strengthen our ability to focus. We can learn to apply the tools, skills and techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to 'future-proof' our mental well-being. We can begin to take a flexible approach to life by focusing on pursuing our values and staying true to what is important to us.
Having worked in mental health for over 13 years I've really come to realise the importance of learning and using these skills and tools as early as possible in order to stay well. It is often the case that we wait until we feel bad before we try and do something to help us to feel better. 'Before the Pop' takes a different viewpoint - we believe that there are a lot of things that we can be doing on a day to day basis that can increase our immunity to the stresses and the knock-backs that life can dish out so freely.
In addition to my own private practice I also work with the following companies (as you can see, I like to mix it up a bit and deliver CBT in a variety of different formats - online, via the telephone, one-to-one sessions, as well as running groups and training courses!)
I have been an Ieso Therapist since January 2014 and really enjoy providing online CBT therapy sessions.
I have worked as an affiliate therapist with CBT Clinics since 2017. I deliver some of their 'Resiliance in the Workplace' and 'Mental Health Awareness for Managers' training programs, as well as one-to-one CBT sessions.
I joined Rehab Works as an affiliate therapist in 2017 and currently provide telephone CBT sessions for people experiencing stress, depression or anxiety.
In May 2018 my sister Nat and I launched our well-being business. Nat is a fully qualified personal trainer and together we offer a holistic approach to mental and physical well-being. Please check out the Head to Toe tab to find out more!
For large workplace well-being courses, I sometimes work in collaboration with Creative Tailored Therapy. For larger groups it can be beneficial to have two trainers/therapists to ensure that the highest possible quality of training is delivered.