Jo England

Jo England

Jo sees adults and young children. Jo began working in private practice 16 years ago in a community hospital as part of a Division of General Practice. Over the course of her practice as a psychologist, she has collected ways of working with adults and children, ranging in age from three years to ninety. The therapies she provides are those recognised and valued by the medical professionals she collaborates with in your care such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and short-term intensive psychodynamic therapy.

Jo uses a dynamic therapeutic approach, and attunes to people who visit her for help. She believes that we were all born within a relationship, and that we all grow and heal with self-reflection within the context of a safe alliance – independent of which therapy is used.

Jo works gently with trauma in all its forms, and has a special interest in working with not only people suffering from acute traumatic episodes, but with people and children who experience chronic levels of trauma from an early age. This may take the form of moderate to longer term therapy. Additionally, she has had extra training in somatic mental health problems.

Jo works with your GP, psychiatrist, or paediatrician very closely. She uses Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for managing pain, and for helping decrease the cravings for unhealthy eating. This can help with managing diabetes and other health related problems. She also helps people in the grief process, as this is a significant life transition where support is needed.

 

Areas of Work

Children

  • Behavioural difficulties and parenting strategies
  • Tantrums and lack of discipline
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Social problems
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Sleep problems
  • Early attachment difficulties
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Self-harm
  • History of trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Developmental delay
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs)
  • Communication Disorders
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Enuresis
  • Encopresis
  • School refusal
  • Bullying at school

Adults

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders, including Panic Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • OCD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Eating disorders

 

Treatment Approaches

Jo combines a warm and personable approach with a best practice approach to therapy, including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Desensitization & Exposure Therapy (including EMDR)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Family Therapy

 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Masters of Educational Psychology (Charles Sturt University, New South Wales)
  • Psychology in Health and Medicine and Therapy with Children  (taken from the Australian Psychological Society accredited Clinical  Psychology Masters course)
  • Graduate Diploma of  Counselling (4th year Australian Psychological Society accredited Psychology Qualification). Charles Sturt University. NSW
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Finders University, South Australia)