Jo has completed a Master of Counselling and is a registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association. She has a health practitioner background as a past registered nurse and current registered paramedic. Jo's professional, clinical, educational, academic and personal interests lie in supporting people living with disability and their family/carers. She has a particular interest in autism, where she has nurtured, loved and supported her now adult autistic son. This lived experience has enabled her to truly understand and appreciate the complexities of navigating complex health, education and disability systems. Jo completed a PhD several years ago on the topic of autism.
Jo provides empathetic counselling services to all age groups (children, teens, adults and through to older adults). She has experience supporting individuals, couples and families. Jo also has an interest and capacity to support city, regional, rural and remote people (through tele-health services). She has lived and worked in busy metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland and understands the challenges of access to consistent and good quality health/support services.
Jo is currently working towards supporting more people in the Deaf community, where she will work with a Deaf person and the interpreter of their choosing. She has also provided counselling services to Children of Deaf Adults (CODA).
Jo provides reflective practice support to staff working in the disability/allied health/healthcare space on an individual and small group basis.
If clients are self-managed or plan managed, Jo can support you through your NDIS package.