Healing Thoughts Therapies

Jo Mason Healing Thoughts Therapies

Hello,
I’m Jo, I am a psychotherapist based in Norfolk and North Suffolk. I am trained in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and am fully accredited with the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). I am currently close to completing training to become an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Practitioner. I am also a registered Mental Health Nurse (RNMH).

I have 17 years’ experience of working with people with Mental and Psychological Health difficulties. Having first qualified as a Mental Health Nurse, I then embarked on further training in CBT. I have worked for over 11 years in psychological therapies, both privately and with the NHS. I am highly experienced in working with a range of psychological difficulties.

I think it goes without saying that we all have good days and bad days, we all have good times in our life and bad times in our life, if you are visiting this page then I am guessing things aren’t so good, I’m here to help you start the upwards climb. I have lots of experience working with many different psychological/emotional difficulties. I am a naturally warm and compassionate person, I like to think my role as a therapist means I am here to support people to make the changes in their everyday lives that will help them wake up every morning and embrace the day.

CBT is a goal focused therapy, in therapy we will be looking for solutions to the areas of difficulty you are struggling with. I work collaboratively with clients to help them understand what brought them to where they are now and what is keeping them there, we then think about what needs to change for life to be better. We all know the old adage- ‘If you do what you have always done you will get what you always got’. Change is often difficult, so I will support you to explore what needs to change and help you instigate those changes in a gradual unthreatening way . This works for a myriad of difficulties and in my years of working therapeutically with people I have seen lives transformed by small and large changes made through therapy. During our work together we would be looking at the whole picture, how you look after yourself emotionally and physically, working on improving all areas, thereby helping you become at ease with life, your body, its wonders and limitations, helping you be ok with the whole of ‘who you are’.

Cognitive
This relates to our thinking. Anything from momentary fleeting thoughts to long help deeply rooted beliefs we have about ourselves are targets for change in CBT.
Behaviour
What we do, and what we don’t do are often the cause of the problematic cycles we will explore and change in CBT.
Therapy
This a psychological treatment, often called ‘talking therapy’ aimed at relieving emotional distress and mental health problems.
CBT is an evidence based psychological therapy. What does that mean?
It means that people have carried out lots of research on different psychological approaches and it turns out CBT is one of the most effective approaches.
CBT is a structured and goal focused therapy.
It is good to know what you want to achieve from therapy, how you life might look once you have completed a course if treatment. CBT sessions tend to follow a structure so that the client and therapist know where they are going, this is always agreed at the start of any therapy session and is often led by the client with the guidance of the therapist.
CBT works in the here and now.
CBT doesn ignore the past, early therapy is often about exploring your past to work out why things are the way they are in the here and now, the main focus of CBT will be about what is happening in the here and now and how the client wants that to be different.
CBT involves diagrams and models.
CBT often involves the use of diagrams and models to help you understand your difficulties, these are not overly complicated, they are always easy to understand, in my experience they are often responsible for fabulous eureka moments in sessions.
CBT can be life changing.
I have over 10 years’ experience working as a CBT therapist and have seen many lives transformed by CBT.

This is a treatment aimed at helping our mind effectively process incorrectly stored trauma memories, these memories can cause lots of psychological, physical and emotional difficulties, these memories can be from large or small traumas. The process involves the use of movement to help the correct filing of troublesome memories. This is an alterative treatment to CBT for Trauma and can be used effectively with lots of psychological health problems, although it is used predominantly in the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Eye
The main way EMDR works is through a process called bi-lateral stimulation , this is often done by using a side to side movement across your field of vision, but can also be done using sounds or tapping.
Movement
This refers to the bi-lateral stimulation this causes the movement of trauma memories from the part of your brain where they have been stored, to an area where you brain is able to effectively process them.
Desensitisation
This refers to the bilateral stimulation helping with the emotional responsiveness to the trauma memory, thereby reducing emotion distress around the traumatic event(s).
Reprocessing
This refers to the brain being able to reprocess the memory once it has been moved to the part of the brain that effectively files all of our memories, good and bad.

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

This list is by no means exhaustive, I have worked with all of the difficulties below, I have lots of experience of working with people presenting with more than one of these issues.

  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma (PTSD) - currently training in EMDR
  • Social Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Health Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Work Related Stress
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Problems around parenting and relationships
  • Loneliness
  • Loss and Adjustment
  • Long Term Health Conditions

Jo Mason Healing Thoughts Therapies

Jo Mason

PG Dip (CBT). BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Email: healingthoughtstherapies@yahoo.com

Phone: 07498855960

Therapy Room: St George’s Works, 51 Colegate, NR3 1DD


INFORMATION

I provide on-line, telephone and face to face therapy for clients aged 16 and above.

I am still currently working face to face with people, but as we know in the current environment this can always be subject to change.

I can offer day time and some late afternoon/early evening appointments.

I offer a free initial 15 minute call for introductions and brief discussion.

Payment is either by bank transfer or cash.

Therapy Room

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Excerpts from thankyou e-mail. Female client early 20’s, we worked on her intrusive thoughts.

“I can manage my thoughts and my reactions better and quicker now which is confidence boosting and I feel happier and stable!”

“The mind really is a devilish, little imp!”

“I just wanted write to you to let you know how I was doing and to thank you.”

Testimonial from client in her 40’s, we have been working on self esteem and anxiety.

“Jo is very calm and immediately put me at my ease. She allows you to talk but keeps you focused on your therapy plan. Despite therapy obviously being a difficult and challenging experience, I always feel comfortable and confident to share my thoughts and feelings. I have had CBT before so Jo has adapted her approach to help me deal with recent trauma and reconnect with CBT techniques. I always feel like my mind and emotions have been reset to positive when I leave. ”