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
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.