Jill Edwards (BACP Accredited No 613906)
20 Morse Road
I invite you to take your part in a warm friendly and experienced professional counselling experience, where you and your situation is the focus of positive support and useful and appropriate action for change. You can work with me in a very focused short term process, or you can take a longer term view of resolving issues to see thorough change in your circumstances.
You can discuss issues around anxiety, depressed states, relationship issues, couples counselling, family matters, losses anger and bereavement counselling. I am a specialist addictions counsellor for food, gambling drugs, alcohol and OCD. I coach students and professionals to prepare essays/reports and to do presentations and job interviews.
You can contact me from anywhere in the world, using Skype, telephone, e-mail and the encrypted chat-line on my web-site or you can have a comfortable face to face experience, with a warm welcome, a cup of tea in what feels like a garden, with the air, light, plants and crystals around you. I will visit you in your homes where appropriate.
I offer a safe, confidential, ethical and effective practice. Call me for an appointment.
I work with people who have experienced difficult family relationships, or need help in moving away from abusive relationships. Sometimes there are difficult choices to make around sets of relationships, or a person needs to develop themselves into a new role. This is in addition to couples counselling, which usually involves personal work as well as couples consultations. There are tremendous opportunities for growth when relationship dynamics are addressed.
Anxiety and Anger
Anxiety is a normal protective response which has moved away from the control of the person who is experiencing it and is restricting the activitities and enjoyment they could be having. Anxiety is closely linked to anger and many people who worry about their anger management can find relief when their anxiety issues are addressed. Anxiety attacks are frightening in themselves and it is very satisfactory to see a person released from their domination. Relieving anxiety leads to a transformation in the enjoyment of life and a capacity to go forwards in new directions.
Addictions cover a wide range of substances and activities which are chemically and emotionally re-inforcing, which causes repetitive behaviour which can be damaging and comes to operate outside of the control of the person concerned. So we are looking at misuse of alcohol, drugs, steroids, prescription drugs, eating, that is either over eating, being sick as well as not eating as in anorexia. We are also looking at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, over exercising, computer games, gambling, misuse of pornography, or sexual relationships.
The goal is to create a life style that is more in balance and repair the damage to self esteem which these addictions create. We hope to see a confident and creative person, move away from addiction to a life that is more worthwhile for them. I am a specialist alcohol worker and work with family members as well as individuals concerned about their own behaviour.
I enjoy helping students or professionals to get themselves down on paper in essays or reports or to make effective presentations. It takes confidence to do this effectively and I have helped people to get through tough examinations and job interviews. It is a combination of working with the individual’s blocks to self presentation, finding the right way of working, getting a focused plan and clarifying the motivation to succeed. If you are working on a project special to you, give me a ring and see whether we can work together. I will give real support down to editing and discussing the ideas you have.
Working by telephone and e-mail contact
People have busy lives, so I am glad to provide different ways of approaching counselling, and to discuss with you the effectiveness of working on-line as well as having face to face sessions. Each way has benefits and you can be surprised at the effectiveness of a mixture of e-mail and telephone sessions, or how useful it is to use Skype or chat-line instead of face to face work. Give me a call to talk over what kind would suit you. There will be a warm welcome whereever you are.
Feeling it is the right person
I would like you to feel you can get on with the person you contact for counselling, so I am happy to hear from you by e-mail and I will meet briefly with you for an introductory chat or have a conversation on the phone in which you can let me know what it is that you are looking for. It is also worth while looking at my website at www.invitationtotalk.co.uk. You will find out more about me there.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor now for 10 years and have experience of working with complex issues and providing a safe and supportive experience.
My clients have told me they find the experience both enjoyable and challenging and that the difficult times bring much positive relief for them.
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor, with training in person-centred, narrative, CBT and Acceptance and Commitment therapy and a Masters degree in Counselling. I am trained to work on-line or by telephone. I am a specialist alcohol counsellor and work with family members as well as individuals who understand they have a problem with alcohol.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
You can feel re-assured that there are a variety of ways that we can work together. I have training in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative Therapy, But over the years these have become integrated so that we can focus on what you need in any particular session and for however long you would like to work with me. I wish to provide a specialised treatment structure which gives you what you need at this particular time.
CBT is highly structured and has a focus on the thoughts you have and how these can be changed. It helps you to monitor improvement in your situation as you begin to feel better.
Narrative Therapy, an opportunity to review and restructure the way you see your life. If you would like more information about this open-ended and sensitive way of working then you can look on-line at the website:www.dulwichcentre.com.au
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a powerful way to get to where you want to get to are useful ways in which you might like to work. There is a good article called Embracing Your Demons: an Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr Russ Harris at www.actmindfully.com.au
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- £40: 60 minute face to face, skype and instant messaging sessions
- £40 per session for couples
- Half hour sessions are half price.
Concessions are available especially for long term work.
- Cash, Cards, Paypal and Bank transfers accepted.
In my practice, you will have the benefit of ethical and confidential working in line with BACP accreditation.
If you are speaking to me from outside the United Kingdom, you should take note that I will be following the legal provisions as they apply to the UK, and if there are any significant differences then we need to discuss that to ensure you are operating safely.
In my regular supervision sessions to keep my practice safe with you, I would not offer any identifiable details from our work together. However in the event of serious illness, I will arrange for my supervisor to contact you to ensure that you were able to make a safe transition to other support.
While I would make every reasonable effort to ensure that our on-line work is secure, It is true to say that in the current environment we cannot absolutely ensure complete confidentiality on any known digital platform, and you also would have to take care that you keep your digital devices safe from intrusion.
My Data Protection number is ZA040323.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available between 10.00am and 8.30pm working face to face via skype, e-mail and text and telephone. There is no wheelchair access but home visits will be considered.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|