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Introducing Jo Henderson,
Optimism Clinical Associate

Jo Henderson at Optimism Psychotherapy & Supervision Services

Military & Service Connections

As the proud child of a dedicated military serviceman in the Royal Navy, I understand firsthand the sacrifices and challenges that come with serving in the military. My father's commitment to duty, often requiring periods away from home, instilled in me a profound appreciation for the importance of mental well-being in the military community. Drawing from my personal experiences and my clinical expertise, I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and effective support to those who serve and their families.

My Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy, Liverpool John Moores University

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Edge Hill University

Accredited Practitioner Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Core Clinical Skills Supervision course, University of Chester

Accredited Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Supervision

EMDR Parts 1-3, EMDR institute

Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care: Long-term physical health conditions and therapy. (On-going), University of Chester

Additional Clinical Training

Knowledge Understanding Framework for Personality Disorder

Personality Disorder in Mind Levels 1 & 2

Train the Trainer Personality Disorder in Mind Level 1

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Foundation

ACT for Long-term Conditions

Mentalization and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Revolutionising Trauma Treatment, Babette Rothschild

Masterclass in Attachment Focused EMDR, Dr Laurel Parnell

CBT in the Context of Long-Term Conditions, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust

Level 3 Safeguarding Adults and Children

My Professional Accreditations

BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioner

IPT Practitioner Accreditation

IPT Supervisor Accreditation

EMDR Trained

Additional Information

Enhanced DBS Adults and Child​

My Experience

I have more than 24 years of experience working within the NHS, delivering psychotherapeutic interventions to people with a range of difficulties within both primary and secondary care, in groups and individually. I have undergone expert training in multiple therapy models which allows me to offer a diverse range of therapy and supervision styles. As an NHS clinical Manager I have experience delivering supervision in both individual and group settings to other health professionals providing psychotherapy for both long term conditions and time sensitive care. I also have experience in delivering training mental health specific training to professional groups. 

My Commitment to You

I am humbled by someone’s decision to enter into therapy and I can offer a safe, respectful and compassionate space where we can work together to achieve your goals.  I am able to utilise my knowledge and experience of multiple therapy models in order to offer an approach that is flexible and suited to your needs.  It is really important to me that I have a good understanding of your difficulties so that I can work alongside you to help you make any changes necessary to improve your wellbeing.

Please contact Optimism if you would like a copy of my full Bio.

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