Meet the Therapist: Jo Rosenberg
What attracted you to become a therapist?
My background is in psychology and for several years I worked in HR and coaching. After having my children, I wanted to further my knowledge in psychology and decided to do the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology with the aim of continuing to work with adults but also expanding to work with families, children and adolescents with a range of mental health needs.
Where did you train?
City, University of London
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
As a counselling psychologist, I work integratively, drawing upon the use of different modalities to suit an individual’s needs. I believe that the development and building of a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe, lies at the heart of the therapy. It is this relationship that enables you to openly talk about what’s going through your mind, how you’re feeling and how you would ideally like to be living your life.
The type of therapy I practise includes cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, person-centred therapy, solution-focused and psychological coaching.
How does therapy help with symptoms of anxiety?
Therapy gives you the space to explore and understand the possible triggers for your anxiety and helps you to make links between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It can teach you different techniques and strategies to manage your anxiety so that it no longer holds you back from what it is you want to be doing in life.
What sort of people do you usually see?
I see a variety of individuals including parents, young adults, teenagers and children.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I enjoy supporting people to gain insight into the challenges that they are facing, and to find ways of moving forward to that they are able to achieve their goals and reach their potential.
What is less pleasant?
Therapy can be a painful process, and I am aware of how difficult it can be for people.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I’ve been with welldoing.org for about 18 months, and have really enjoyed working with the new clients that have been referred to me!
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Apps such as Headspace and Calm can be helpful in managing mood and anxiety.
Books, it really depend on the issues – there are so many out there. I’m always happy to make recommendations.
What you do for your own mental health?
I enjoy spending time with my family, going for long walks with the dog, and exercising.
You are a therapist in North London – what can you tell us about seeing clients in this area?
I am still mostly working online, but will hope to see clients face-to-face at the Terapia Centre in East Finchley, N3 3QE.
What’s your consultation room like?
The rooms at the Terapia Centre are very informal, with comfortable armchairs in a relaxed environment.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
That to undertake therapy is a very brave decision, so give yourself credit for taking the first steps in seeking help and support, and also to not underestimate how hard it can be.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
That the relationship with your therapist is key, and that you need to feel comfortable and safe with whoever you choose to work with. Finding someone who you feel able to trust, to be honest and open with will enable you to engage in the therapeutic process and provide you with the appropriate support to help improve your mental wellbeing.