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Jo Pinder, Student Wellbeing Team

Jo Pinder

How I work

My counselling work is based on a person-centred approach, which sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. This natural tendency can sometimes become blocked or distorted by life experiences, in particular those who tell us we are only valued if we behave in certain ways, or have certain feelings. As a result, it is common for us to tend to deny any inner experiences that we believe will not be acceptable. 

In my counselling work I aim to provide an environment in which the client does not feel under threat or judgement, and to enable the client to experience and accept more of who they are as a person and re-connect with their own values and sense of self-worth. The aim is that this re-connection with the client’s own inner resources, enables the client to find his or her own way to move forward.

I work to understand the client’s experience from the client’s point of view, and to positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity, while aiming to be open and genuine as another human being. I believe that the nature of the relationship between the client and the counsellor is crucial for the success of the therapy.

I work flexibly with the needs of different clients, integrating aspects from various other approaches, including Solutions-focussed therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.

My areas of interest

As part of the newly-formed Student wellbeing Team at the University, I am particularly interested in the concepts of wellbeing promotion and prevention. I feel passionately about promoting wellbeing on a community-wide basis, and about preventing mental health problems from escalating, and even from developing in the first place, by reaching people as early as possible in the process.

I am also highly interested in and excited by the growing area of on-line counselling, and I am qualified to practice on-line, providing e-mail, instant messaging and webcam counselling.

Other areas of particular interest to me are self-esteem, perfectionism and Acceptance and Commitment, and I also have an area of specialism through Cruse Bereavement Care, a Charity with which I have volunteered since 2009, working one-to-one with clients struggling with grief and bereavement issues.

My background and qualifications

Since qualifying as a Counsellor, I have very much enjoyed working with both staff and student clients. I am a qualified on-line Counsellor, and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Besides working as a Student and Staff Counsellor, I have 11 years’ experience working as an HR professional in the private sector, dealing with a range of people issues, at all levels of an organisation.

I have a BSc in Sociology & Education, an MSc in Human Resource Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I am also a qualified On-line Counsellor.