Catherine Jennings (MBACP) MA Couns, Psychol Bsc, Cert Life Coach
077 387 862 97 / 077 387 862 97
Hello, my name is Catherine Jennings, welcome to my profile. I work in Wollaton, near Ilkeston, Nottingham and Derby.
I have 14 years of counselling experience. I really enjoy working with teenagers and adults.
What I offer:
Having worked in Education as a counsellor I have an understanding of the issues teenagers face. I feel really privileged to have supported some fantastic young people through some challenging times. Common themes young people bring are around identity, wanting to fit in and belong, sexuality, school/ college pressures, sleep problems, nightmares, anxiety, homelife worries, self harming, drugs, loneliness, anger, love, rejection .... If you are a teenager or parent of a teenager looking for a private counsellor please contact me with any questions.
I have also worked as a midwife so men and women often contact me regarding debriefing after an upsetting birth experience, antenatal and postnatal depression, infertility, IVF, miscarriage, relationship changes and loss.
I have a special interest in the subject of " Attachment in Romantic Relationships" and find that although people come to see me about all sorts of issues, sooner or later, our conversations lead to the subject of their love lives...or lack of. Through my knowledge on the subject of Adult Attachment I am able to help clients learn more about their own unique attachment style ( ie their need for closeness and intimacy within a relationship or discomfort and avoidance of such closeness) and find a more positive path forwards in their personal relationships.
Clients seek me out for all sorts of reasons - sometimes they're having relationship problems, experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, depression or loneliness. Sometimes clients want emotional support and a safe , confidential space in which to address and resolve specific problems, others may want support in making decisions, coping with crisis, working through feelings and inner conflict or improving their communication and relationships with others.
Whatever the reason for seeking counselling I always aim to provide a warm, safe and empathic environment for the exploration of painful and sensitive subjects. I believe you are your own expert and will offer you time, attention and respect. Most clients find me easy to talk to and I want to help you find your own way through challenging issues and believe this is possible with trust and support.
Benefits of counselling:
If you are wondering whether counselling is for you - here are some positives aspects of coming for counselling: first of all, it can feel a huge relief to express your private thoughts and feelings ( and often tears) in a non-judgemental, confidential setting to somebody you trust who is totally separate from the rest of your life - it can feel much better than bottling it all up! Ideas, thoughts and feelings that you feel embarrassed or ashamed about can be aired, explored and contemplated together within the privacy and safety of my therapy room.
A longer term benefit of counselling is positive change. Time and time again I see that clients have a natural tendency to move towards their own growth and healing. After just a few sessions clients often notice that they are beginning to see themselves more clearly, are able to explore their options more deeply and make more conscious choices as to the direction they wish their life to take.
Clients may choose to explore previously fearful or upsetting experiences - abuse, neglect, violence, bullying. Whilst this can feel difficult at the time, it can be very positive to witness clients gradually coming to terms with negative past experiences and see the power these negative thoughts and feelings used to have, gradually diminish and lose their hold. It can be liberating to finally lie certain issues to rest.
There are many other potential benefits of counselling, far too many to talk about here! However, a final one I'll mention is that often as we get to explore, discover, know and understand ourselves better - we may become more aware of our feelings and those of others and start to live more spontaneously and mindfully in the present moment. Which is positive for our wellbeing and potentially for our relationships with others.
I hope I have given you a flavour of what I offer. If you would like an appointment with me you can text, phone or email. I can usually offer you an appointment within 1 week and sometimes have emergency appointments available at short notice.
I offer flexibility regarding appointment days and times and work mornings, evenings and Saturday mornings.
I look forward to hearing from you and will respond promptly to your enquiry.
If you arriving by car I live on a residential street with free, unlimited on street parking. If you are driving from Derby or Leicester I am situated between Junction 25 and 26 of the M1.
If you are arriving by bicycle I have safe bike storage.
If you are arriving by bus - the Nottingham City Transport number 35 bus from Nottingham city centre to Bulwell passes near here and the Trent Barton "the two" stops on Trowell Road just around the corner.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters in Counselling (Distinction) (University of Nottingham).
Psychol BSc Hons Psychology (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Pre Reg Dip Midwifery (University of Nottingham).
Certificate, Life Coaching (Newcastle College)
Supervision Diploma ( Not completed yet - Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute Nottingham).
I have worked as a counsellor for 14 years, initially in a GP surgery and in a local college, now in Private Practice.
As a member of the BACP I work within the BACP "Ethical Framework" and within their "Guidelines for Good Practice".
I have full Public Liability Insurance and attend clinical supervision twice a month.
I am actively engaged in ongoing Continual Professional Development ( CPD) and have run a CPD group for 9 years. I attend a monthly reading group for counsellors and recently set up a " Happiness Project" group based around Gretchen Rubin's book " The Happiness Project".
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other issues people might want support with are:
transgender issues ( support in transitioning from male to female or female to male)
life transitions (such as career change, moving house/area, empty nest, new parenthood)
work issues ( redundancy, panic attacks, bullying, stress and pressure)
loss (of a relationship, through ageing, of friendships)
bereavement ( of a loved one or loved pet)
£50 per 60 minute session for individual counselling (£45 for those on a low income)
£70 per 90 minute session for individual counselling
£60 per 90 minutes for Supervision
£40 per session for counselling trainees who contract for 10 sessions ( on offer mornings only)
I work individually with each client and will work creatively together if that is what you like. I'm a Humanistic counsellor and am open to working with clay, sand, objects, drawings, time lines and memory jars if we agree it will help our therapeutic goals.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can usually offer an appointment within a week and emergency appointments at short notice. I work mornings, evenings and some Weekends. Concessions for those on a low income/ students.
Types of client
Supervision & training
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