Jen Popkin MBACP, Snr Accred Counsellor, Trauma therapist, Life/Work Coach

Jen Popkin MBACP, Snr Accred Counsellor, Trauma therapist, Life/Work Coach

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St Leonards On Sea
East Sussex

01424 428470 / 07950 808463

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St Leonards On Sea
East Sussex

01424 428470 / 07950 808463

About me

What Drew me to Counselling?

Hello there! I have always been interested in how people learn and grow and I feel privileged to accompany clients on part of their journey. I have been described as practical, reliable, truthful and caring. Counselling can be challenging but also very satisfying, so why not see how we could work together?


ANXIOUS AND FEARING the Future? PAIN of the Past? TIRED of  waiting for an NHS referral? TRYING to change your life and body? NEED HELP SOON?

Support for :- anxiety issues, feelings of shame, guilt and vulnerability, obsessive love, weight control and body image (including 'bigorexia,' or male muscle dysmorphobia), money and emotions, depression and low self esteem, lack of confidence, phobias, performance enhancement; relationship issues; obsessive  love;personal injury claims, pain management, trauma support;  work related stress, for individuals, managers and teams; couples issues; anger management; bereavement; adults abused as children; eating disorders; alcohol abuse and other habit difficulties;  physical problems such as IBS and discovering what you want from life! I work both in my own practice and for various organisations in the mental health, alcohol/substance abuse and employment fields.

Work related Mediation and Coaching for teams and individuals.


Are you having problems with your weight? I am now able to off Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band therapy programme. This is a non-invasive therapeutic approach to 'installing' a gastric band so that you no longer wish to eat unhealthily. It is safe and involves NO DIETING! As with the real bariatric operations, there can be a rapid loss of weight initially, then a comfortable weekly loss of 1 to 2 lbs. Unlike an operation, we address the whole person so that your own subconscious can help you adjust to the changes you make, both physically and emotionally.

I offer intensive trauma support sessions lasting up to 3 hours. These can take place either at my practice or in your own home if travel and time is limited. They are most appropriate for support where there has been a recent single traumatic event such as a road traffic accident or injury at work. The work will include Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which are both recognised treatments for trauma by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) and used by the NHS. I also offer the Rewind Technique developed by Dr David Muss, which is suitable for individuals, couples and groups (e.g. where there are relationship difficulties caused by trauma, or for employees where there has been an onsite incident). To discuss further, please call: 07950808463 or email: Click Here

I offer both long term and short term counselling, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and MIndfulness-orientated counselling. Sessions last up to an hour, or one and a half hours for EMDR.

What can you Expect?

Expect to have a meeting where the focus is on what you need to discuss and explore. Although it's sometimes hard to believe, the answers to many of our problems are within ourselves; sometimes it just needs a skilled person to help you find the key to that locked door. What I do offer therefore, is a confidential space where you can be listened to and where we can look at possible ways through those problems. I believe people have the answers to their own problems and it is a privilege for me to be invited to work with you!

Where can we Meet?

Therapy can take place either face to face at my practice, in your home or work place, by telephone or  by Skype (which means that many clients are at some distance, including abroad, but still have the convenience of meeting for a session.)

When can we Meet?

Times are flexible, and some week ends are possible.

What People Say about the Experience

'I had been suicidal. Counselling with you helped me to get through that time'

'Losing weight has been easy!'

'Jen - I think I am doing really well now, thanks to your help.'

'I am using the strategies I learnt and am coping without any more therapy'

'I was going through a really tough time when my partner died. I though I could cope on my own but I found it was too much - I'm so glad I chose to have some counselling at that  point.'

'I'm learning to love myself again!'

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Senior Accredited and Registered Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am also an Accredited Practitioner with the EMDR Association

       * Trained in use of the Virtual Gastric Band Programme 2015

       *Certificate in The Rewind Technique  for trauma 2015 and Accredited Trainer for Rewind Technique

        *EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) Accredited Practitioner 2014

  • Diploma in Community Mental Health and Psychiatry - including abuse and trauma, 2009-2010, Open Learning College, Level 4 NCFE validated
  • First Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique 2007, Gary Craig course
  • 60 hours of trauma support work for staff involved with the London bombings July to October 2005
  • Diploma in Life Coaching, Newcastle College 2004-2005 90 hours course
  • Certificate in Mediation 2004 Mediation UK
  • Diploma in Business Performance Coaching, Newcastle College 2000-2001, 120 hours course
  • Group process training, one year course, 2001 (CPPD)
  • Post Grad. Cert in Organisational Consultancy and System
    2000 (CPPD)
  • Diploma in Supervision and Consultancy 1998 Development with Centre for Personal and Professional Development CPPD
    Further supervsion training 4 days with Cascade and one day in Solution Focused training for supervisors 1998
  • Cert in Person Centred Art Therapy 1997 Crawley College validated
  • Training course in Couples Counselling - Couples Counselling Network 3 mths course 1997
  • 5 Day training in Adults abused as Children 1996 with the NSPCC
  • MSc in Counselling Goldsmiths' College, London University 1993-1995
  • Advanced Cert. in Counselling Centre for Stress Management , one year course, 1993
  • M A in Education 1984-6 Sussex University
    Trainer's Certificate in Counselling 1994, Central School for Counselling Therapy, Associated Examining Board validated
    Certificate in the Dynamic Psychology of Counselling 1985, Lincoln Clinic and Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy 1979-1981 Blythe College

I continue my professional development with a range of courses and conferences in such areas as trauma, mediation, and supporting employees in distress.

Companies using my services include: personal injury claims insurers, the NHS, a well known telecommunications company, East Sussex County Council, the BBC

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Employee relationship difficulties

Emotional Freedom Technique

Traumatic experiences ranging from abuse issues to workplace difficulties (including dismissal, redundancy, team development and retirement decisions)


Weight Problems

Self Esteem Issues


Fees are payable on a sessional basis, by cash or cheque.

£40 per session with individuals

£45  with couples

£70  EMDR

£450  three hour home visiting intensives for personal injury claims, including travel in the South East of England and a medico-legal report where required.

Workplace mediation, coaching and individual or group trauma support referrals for companies: price on application

Further information

How Might You Benefit ?

Anxious? Phobic? Depressed? Relationship problems?

Many people are at a cross roads in their lives where confidence and self esteem are low and I offer help with the decisions you might need to make. I can offer counselling, CBT, EMDR and life coaching. GP referral letters and letters to occupational health are also part of the service.

Mental health problems are one of the most common difficulties that people face today. This can affect well being, not only psychologically, but also physically, which can worsen existing physical problems. A well known saying is: 'If you do what you always do, then you get what you always get!' In other words, when you are willing to make changes in your life, then it is likely that you will feel better in yourself through taking control. There's another saying: 'The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.' So, make a decision NOW and tap into the support I can offer you!

Maps & Directions

St Leonards On Sea, TN38

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


weekdays 9.00 - 7p.m. week-ends by arrangement

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

PEER SUPERVISION through Skype or face to face.

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