Welcome to Pardus Counselling and Psychotherapy

What you need to know

About me

Hello, I'm Jo Allen founder of Pardus Counselling and Psychotherapy. Pardus comes from pardus panthera - Latin for leopard. I believe that just like the leopard, we all have the potential to change our spots. This could mean addressing our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. 

I studied at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) in Nottingham, gaining a BSc in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and abide by their ethics and principles. 

I work in Spondon and Derby, seeing clients with varying issues. I offer short term counselling and long term psychotherapy to individuals over 18 years of age. 

Why choose therapy?

Change is often what motivates people to access therapy. You may want to change how you act or feel in certain situations. Or, maybe you are struggling to adjust to a life changing event and need support. 
I believe that change takes place in a supportive and collaborative relationship, and I offer this by providing you with a warm and non-judgemental space to talk. 
Common problems that people bring to therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • anxiety  
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • trauma
  • addiction
  • stress
  • relationship problems. 

Sometimes, you may not even know what has brought you to therapy - this is common too! In our initial consultation, we can discuss what you might need and work it out together.
I draw on several recognised theories in my work as well as using techniques such as mindfulness. I have a special interest in trauma, and illnesses such as CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia.


I offer a FREE 15 minute phone call to briefly discuss what you might need from therapy. We can then arrange an initial consultation. I charge £45 for a 60 minute session, including initial consultations.I require at least 48 hours notice for cancellations  - if it is less than 48 hours then I will still charge full fee.  Please note that due to the therapeutic nature of my work, I am only able to work weekly, and not fortnightly. 

I work in Spondon and Derby City Centre.  Please get in touch to discuss your requirements, including any accessibility issues.


"Therapy with Jo gave me the time and space to be able to process my emotions and I feel I have thoroughly benefited from counselling".

"Jo was a very good listener and I felt she was really easy to talk to. Counselling helped me to release the build up of frustration by speaking openly". 

"Very lovely environment, calm and relaxing. Jo never made me feel rushed or insignificant. I believe I've thoroughly benefited from counselling - Thank you very much!"

Contact Us

Get in touch to arrange an initial assesment

My practise has good transport links, with close proximity to the A52, A50 and M1. I am also on bus routes from Derby and Nottingham. My Spondon practise has free off road parking.


Jo Allen BSc MBACP (Registered)

Borrowfield Road, Spondon, Derby, DE21 7HE

07743 332224


Monday - Friday -: 10am - 7pm

Closed Saturdays and Sundays

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