Jane Whitten UKCP FPC
People look for counselling for many different reasons - with personal, emotional or relationship problems or because they want to understand themselves better. You may be looking for support to help you work through a current difficult situation or you may be looking to address longer term difficulties: troublesome past experiences, unhelpful patterns of behaviour or difficult relationships. It can be difficult to take the first step, and many people feel somewhat hesitant, but seeking help is a very positive step to take and I can offer you the support that will enable you to try and understand your difficulties.
I provide a non-judgemental, accepting space where we can explore your situation together and try to understand why things are the way they are. Counselling and psychotherapy are about change, and about finding new understandings. Even putting difficult thoughts and feelings into words can be a big step forward; having your voice heard is very important. I will not tell you what to do or give you advice, but will help you to explore and reflect on your situation so that you can make your own choices.
My private practice in Cambridge offers a relaxed setting where you can talk in confidence. It is important to feel comfortable with the person who is going to accompany you on this journey, so we would meet initially for two 50 minute sessions, one week apart without any further obligation. This enables you to see how you feel about working with me, and us to see if counselling or psychotherapy seems right for you at this time. You may also have questions about the process. If we decide to continue then we will usually meet weekly for 50 minutes.
How I work
I work as a ‘psychodynamic therapist’ which simply means that I work from the understanding that our psyches or minds are dynamic – they are influenced by our past experiences and relationships. As we grow and develop we are influenced by the network of relationships we experience. People have a tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour, and even when they would like to change these, it can be difficult to do. By looking at how these patterns came about, and often by seeing them repeat themselves in the counselling relationship, they can be thought about in a safe place - without fear of judgement, rejection or retaliation. This model of counselling also recognises that we are influenced by unconscious attitudes and conflicts, which can prevent us from reaching our full potential. The terms ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’ are often used interchangeably, and while there is certainly a large overlap, I tend to think of counselling as generally shorter-term – maybe 8 or 12 weeks, and psychotherapy as longer-term.
If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling or psychotherapy with me, please text or leave a telephone message or email and I will contact you to arrange the initial consultations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor, having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice at Roehampton University and WPF Therapy, London: http://www.wpf.org.uk/. As part of this training all therapists are required to undertake their own personal therapy for a number of years. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills
I am accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP): http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/, and I am a member of The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC): http://www.thefpc.org.uk/.
As well as working with people who referred themselves for therapy in Cambridge and London, I have also worked in collaboration with GP practices in Hertfordshire. I currently work exclusively in Cambridge in both charity and private sectors.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
A period of frequent moves has given me an interest in working with the issues that arise around relocation and third culture experiences.
I am also interested in spirituality and faith related issues.
Fees range from £50 to £55 per session, depending on time of day. Sessions are 50 minutes long. Reduced fees may be available in certain circumstances.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Early morning, daytime and a few evening sessions.
Types of client