5 Commercial Arcade, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1LB

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My Story

I offer therapy in a supportive relationship with a trained professional who has experienced their own psychotherapy

I’m Jo Pang, a registered counsellor and psychotherapist from Guernsey.  My background in psychology and the helping professions is extensive, beginning with my studies in psychology more than 2 decades ago.

After completing a BSc degree in Psychology followed by a foundation course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, I held contract positions in the finance industry to cover student bills and fund further postgraduate study in Psychology.  I held contracts in the City in London and back on Guernsey, so I do have some experience of the pressures of office life.  After office hours I worked towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods.  At the same time, I began various voluntary roles for organisations such as the Samaritans where I began building my therapeutic skills. 


Beginning at school and onwards, my life has been dedicated to training and practising in Psychological Therapies.  Over the years I have worked with many different client groups in a variety of settings.  My past work includes:


  • being a carer for looked after children and adults with disabilities and autism

  • assistant psychologist in CAMHS

  • training in social work in the Guernsey Probation Service including community, court and prison work

  • bereavement counselling

  • supervisor and trainer for local counselling organisations

  • trainee psychologist/psychological therapist in secondary mental health care

  • trainee psychologist/psychological therapist for adults with learning disabilities and autism

  • training in diagnostic assessments for autism

  • psychological therapist for adults in primary care offering short term therapy


I have an interest in working with both sides of domestic violence and have also been a group leader for groupwork with men who are violent to women as well as a therapist for victims of domestic abuse.


I have completed the clinical aspect of training for a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy with Middlesex University.  Currently, I’m working on a research project and thesis that is the last piece of work for the Doctorate which will enable me to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist.   My doctoral research is a bereavement study exploring how adults with autism experience bereavement. 


My approach to therapy and life is ‘existential’ and I’m registered with the BACP as an existential counsellor and psychotherapist.  I have worked as a cognitive behavioural therapist, been trained in several modalities and completed courses in mindfulness.  However, my preferred method of practice is a focusing oriented approach to psychotherapy.  This means that sometimes I work with a person’s ‘felt sense’ of their predicament.  This is a more bodily focused way of working than some other approaches but having said all that, I’m happy to explore different ways of working with different clients.  Overall, I value an egalitarian and collaborative approach to therapeutic work of any kind.


 

Useful Links

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SEA

The Society for Existential Analysis

BACP

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

BPS

British Psychological Society

 

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