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Who are we?


The Liverpool Empowerment Centre, based in Rodney Street, Liverpool, is a combined therapy and training centre, specialising in counselling training, psychotherapy and counselling. It caters for clients and students throughout North West England.

More about us.


The Centre was formed by Jo Edwards, a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, lecturer, and coach who has practised in Rodney Street for fifteen years. The Centre provides a range of personal therapies, clinics, workshops and accredited training.


Each of the practitioners is qualified and experienced in their range of therapies and where appropriate have clinical supervision and CPD (Continuing Professional Development).


All clients are initially assessed before a contract is agreed. The contract outlines the time, place, cost and likely duration of future sessions. The therapist will explain about the rules of confidentiality. Confidentiality is, of course, an integral part of the therapeutic relationship and all counselling and psychotherapy in general.


At the Liverpool Empowerment Centre all our therapists not only have the relevant qualifications and experience but also public liability insurance and where appropriate CRB checks (Criminal Records Bureau) and membership of an appropriate body whose ethical guidelines are followed such as the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKCP (the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). All adhere to their professional body's code of ethics including the requirement to have continuing professional development.


Early 2011 saw the commencement of accredited counselling courses and places for future courses can be applied for at any time. (These courses were taught by Jo Edwards at the Liverpool Community College for fourteen years but the College has ceased to hold them.)


These courses include Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling. These are accredited by ABC Awards. Early in 2014 the Centre will commence three further courses - Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory, Level 5 Counselling in Independent Practice, and Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision - accredited by CPCAB.


Centre Personnel

Jo Edwards


Jo is a qualified and experienced counsellor, lecturer and trainer. She is also a qualified CBT Therapist, NLP Master Practitioner, and a Master Hypnotherapist. She has trained counsellors for fourteen years at the Liverpool Community College and Liverpool John Moores University. In addition to her private practice she has undertaken counselling in the voluntary sector, for business, industry, and the health service.


Jo has over 20 years' experience in marketing, sales, and fundraising, working with and in multi-national companies, small businesses, local government, legal, charitable and voluntary sector organisations and further education. She is known for her combination of the inspirational and the practical. Her lively, humorous and informative style and her ability to motivate people are among the keys which make her training so successful.


Jo has been working therapeutically with people for over 15 years. Her main passion is helping people to achieve their potential through increased confidence and self -esteem. She believes firmly in the assertion that if people feel better about themselves, they will achieve what they want.


Jo has also worked with children from 5 to 18 years within an educational setting as well as through her private practice. Her training and experience of working with parents supports and enhances her work with children and she believes that working with parents is a fundamental factor in promoting the wellbeing of children and an equable family life.


Jo's qualifications include an MA in Counselling; Post grad. Dip. Counselling; Post grad. Dip.Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy; Dip. CBT; EFT; TA; and Educational Therapeutics. Jo is also an Affilliate of the Institute for Learning (IFL).


Jo is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Her work is bound by the ethical framework of the BACP and UKCP.


For more details see Jo's website which offers inspirational material and thoughts on how to achieve your potential.


Phone Jo on 07828 707 211 or e-mail Jo (general enquiries) or (Confidential Therapy Enquiries).

Peter Dinsmore


Peter is a BACP accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. He trained in Person-Centred counselling and did his psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis.


"I think both help me to offer an eclectic mix in my client work. I have 14 years' experience in client contact work in both voluntary and private practice. I have worked with individuals, couples, families and in groups, including creative art therapy groups.


I consider the quality of relationship and the offering of a safe space to explore oneself to be the important factors in any counselling or therapy, enabling us to feel the experience together, to learn together and tap into our hidden potentials.

It's an art not a science!!"

Peter can be contacted on 07908437055 or via e-mail at


Marie Gosling


Marie Gosling is a Complementary Therapist and a lecturer at Liverpool Community College, teaching Complementary Therapy. "My room has been set up with the focus on relaxation," says Marie. "It is quiet, warm, welcoming and comfortable for my clients. My intention is to pamper, unwind and de-stress. To also give my clients a blissful experience that they can enjoy again and again."


Marie is qualified in the following therapies:- Reflexology , Aromatherapy, Swedish Body Massage, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, and Reiki.


For further details see the page on complementary therapies or contact Marie direct on 07749 570 837 or e-mail A Drop of Therapy

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