In Jo-Anne’s sessions she uses a combination of therapeutic tools drawn from Short term Solution Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Narrative and Gestalt.
In Jo-Anne’s counselling sessions she focuses on giving her clients the practical tools for them to make changes in their lives. She uses useful, creative, effective solutions as well as neuroplasticity techniques to analyse and assist clients with their issues. Jo-Anne draws on her trained in psychology, sociology as well as hypnotherapy and meditation. Over the years she has successfully worked with thousands of people to assist and help them with their issues, for both singles and couples. 93% of people who have had sessions say that their well being, and dealing with their issues has significantly improved.
Sessions can involve
- Discussing issues in complete confidentially
- Gaining insight into past patterns
- Develop and build on existing strengths & skills
- Focusing on what you can control in your life
- Learn ways to communicate your needs & to understand others
- Reflect on any unresolved grief and loss
Some of the issues that clients come to see Jo-Anne about:
- Anxiety & depression
- Anger management
- Emotional abuse
- Grief & loss
- Pre-marital counselling
- Sleep difficulty
- Social Anxiety
- Stress management
- Weight issues
- Unhealthy habits
- Loss of libido
- Orgasmic difficulties
- Vaginismus, vulvodynia-Pain on intercourse
- Difficulty conceiving
- Sexual repression or past traumas
- Low self-esteem or body image
- Wanting to expand pleasure and intimacy
- Single and finding it difficult to form a intimate relationship
- Premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction
Mental Health Issues-Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety is an important survival mechanism however when our thinking pattern overly focuses on worrying about the future especially on events that might/will never happen or lamenting about the past, mental health issues can arise, such as depression.
Jo-Anne has worked successfully to support clients in changing anxious, negative, critical thought patterns to be able to step back from these ways of thinking and to experience life differently. It takes a 1000 times to ‘think differently’ to change neurological thinking patterns therefore Jo-Anne draws on practical implementations to reinforce this and support lasting change.
Sex & Relationship Counselling
Most people experience sexual, relationship or emotional problems at some point in their life. There are many physical and emotional reasons why this happens e.g. personal background, stress, tiredness, illness, hormonal level as well as family and work pressure. Jo-Anne wants to support clients by empowering and guiding them to find their own positive outcome.
These sessions provide on-going support through an inclusive process of discussing issues with Jo-Anne helping clients to be able to develop an objective overview to make the best decisions.
Talking to friends and family is important to give you the sense of empathy and connection to life. Unfortunately this becomes unhinged if you really want to change patterns. Often others do not see your issues or problems objectively, bringing with them their own unhelpful projections into the situation.
Many couples who come for counselling are not only in crisis but have targeted areas in their life that are no longer working. They want to learn new skills to communicate without anger and resentment.
Jo-Anne’s teaches couples of all sexual orientation;
- How to listen, stay relaxed and connected with one another.
- Use non-confrontational language.
- Learn to see that maybe some issues cannot be resolved and yet to learn how to put them in perspective.
- Develop ways to create closeness.
- Focus on what works in the relationship rather than what does not.
- Develop ways to create intimacy outside the bedroom.
- Understand love patterns and relationship stages.
According to Relationships Australia the top three issues that cause conflict in relationships are lack of time, lack of understanding and lack of communication. When communication consists of blaming, defensiveness, stone- walling or withdrawing into silence, this in turn create a very difficult setting for a individual and couple to move into intimacy.
Jo-Anne helps individuals and couples develop new communication skills to create a way to listen to one another’s needs and to step away from conflict triggers. She helps the individual/couple focus on the changes that need to be made and gives them a step by step process in developing good skills to discuss issues.
What happens in sessions?
In complete confidence Jo-Anne will discuss with you what you want to achieve or change in your life and your reasons for doing this and will help you to focus on your best way forward in your circumstances. She will draw on her experience to develop supportive techniques that have been tailor made for your individual situation.
Jo-Anne does not touch her clients in any way.
Jo-Anne conducts her sessions from her practices in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney (when possible with Government health guidelines), through Phone, Zoom and Skype.
To make an appointment call 0402033726
Individual and couples counselling: AU$150.00 for one hour
Payment can be made by direct deposit
” I had been severely depressed and Jo-Anne helped me regulate & change these pattern, by using relaxation and neuroplasticity techniques. I now have a structure I can implement that is effective and use it regularly to help myself to feel better”.
Rachel W., Administrator
“I had sessions with Jo-Anne because I had trouble sexually responding with my partner and have put into practice the breathing and moving techniques that she taught me with wonderful results. I find that I am able to become turned on more easily and my orgasms are now stronger.”
Franchise M., Sales
“Over the months that I have been coming to see Jo-Anne I have noticed my issues dissolve. She provided a safe environment where I was able to trust myself and confront my issues of self confidence and feel understood.”
Anne T., Nursing Don
“We came to therapy because we hadn’t had sex in two years and through our sessions with Jo-Anne we were able to understand how it happened and what we needed to do. This enabled us to learn new techniques around intimacy and communication. Now we realise that it is important to put time aside for our to nurture our relationship and through this our sex life has improved.”
Elizabeth & Robert H., Teachers
“For years I had been struggling with how to improve our sex life and I found the sessions with Jo-Anne to be invaluable. She was able to bring a new level of awareness around sensuality for both of us. We now have become more playful and erotic.”
Donna G. & Robyn B., Photographer & Sales
“I saw Jo-Anne for issues regarding premature ejaculation that I was too embarrassed to even talk to my partner about. Within a few sessions I was able to change this and feel much more confident and more relaxed in my life.”
Frank N., Accountant
“Jo-Anne Baker’s sessions have had a transformative impact on my life. With her profound wisdom, life experience and acute sensitivity she was able to penetrate and unravel my complex issues and empower me to find a new sense of self, acceptance and love. I now walk with a deeper compassion towards myself and my world. Thank you Jo-Anne and I look forward to sharing my magic with others.”
Heidi G., Arts & Theatre Administrator
“Speaking with Jo-Anne was like being with a trusted friend. Through our conversations, my self-esteem improved, and I began to ask for more from my partner and our relationship. We now value and appreciate each other a lot more.”
Elizabeth P., Teacher
“I saw Jo-Anne being interviewed on T.V. saying ‘The most important thing in a relationship is to feel safe to tell your partner how you feel.’ This rang true for me as I was in a difficult relationship and I decided to have a session with her. During our session I found her incredible sensitive to my pain and needs while always seeing something positive in me and my behaviour. Jo-Anne has used hypnotherapy with me and her influence in my life has been remarkable and remains constant. Jo-Anne’s intuition, experience, gentle caring nature has enabled me to grow as a person and learn valuable techniques to feel more at peace with myself and others. She has taught me about personal responsibility and how to nurture myself.”
Maria C., Manager & Trainer