Jacqueline Browne MA, BSc (Hons), HND, DHP Acc Hyp, MBPS GBC, MBACP (Accred)
24 King Street
07557 377975 / 07557 377975
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and I have a busy private practice in Carmarthen, where I see young people, adults and couples.
My specialisms include - Anxiety & depression; Family & Relationship issues; Bereavement Counselling; Trauma; Supporting LGBTQ Clients; Young People's Counselling (aged 16-25).
I am also employed as a Counsellor in an FE College working with young people aged 16 – 25 and the staff who teach them. I have also worked as a Counsellor at Aberystwyth University.
I have also worked for the NHS, in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, counselling adults and young people suffering from trauma, and following bereavement, and as a Volunteer Counsellor in the Bereavement Support Service at West Wales General Hospital, Glangwili.
I receive and accept referrals from GPs and from Health Insurance companies.
Appointments are on SATURDAYS. 10am-4pm.
I work in an Integrative way, using a largely person-centred approach. I allow the client to lead the direction of the discussion, and allow plenty of time and space for process as well as content.
I may also use Rewind Trauma Therapy or Hypnosis, if/when appropriate.
MY SPECIALISMS INCLUDE
**Anxiety & Depression**** Family and Relationship Issues****Young People's Counselling****Supporting LGBTQ Clients****Trauma Counselling, which may include use of the REWIND method** **Bereavement Therapy****Hypnotherapy**
Please see my website for full details of the therapy I can offer to you:
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
We all feel anxious or depressed sometimes, but - some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.
Anxiety and Depression are different things. However, many people who develop depression have a history of an anxiety disorder earlier in life. There is no evidence one disorder causes the other, but there is clear evidence that many people suffer from both disorders. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that these disorders are both treatable, separately and together.
DEPRESSION is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. When such feelings last for more than two weeks and when the feelings interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it's likely to be depression, rather than just ‘low mood’ or ‘the blues’.
ANXIETY is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. Individuals find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.
People who suffer with anxiety, which is also referred to as “General Anxiety Disorder” (GAD), experience excessive anxiety and worry, often expecting the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. GAD is diagnosed when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and has three or more symptoms. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety. They don’t know how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their control, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.
General Anxiety Disorder comes on gradually and can begin across the life cycle, though the risk is highest between childhood and middle age. Although the exact cause of GAD is unknown, there is evidence that biological factors, family background, and life experiences, particularly stressful ones, play a role. When their anxiety level is mild, people with GAD can function socially and be gainfully employed. However, some people can have difficulty carrying out the simplest daily activities when their anxiety is severe.
If you are suffering with Depression and/or Anxiety, it can really help to talk things through and feel really listened to. We can also explore ways to reduce symptoms and you may find that hypnotherapy (which I can also provide) may help, especially with anxiety.
Family problems are common, yet they are one of the most difficult things to talk about – the people involved may get angry or upset at any attempts to discuss the situation, and sometimes we dare not confide in others, such as friends or neighbours, in case something is repeated and causes trouble, so we can feel isolated with our problem and overwhelmed by it. For example, infidelities and secrets; children leaving home; conflict with in-laws; children being bullied; the process and/or aftermath of divorce or separation; the stresses of being a step-parent; coping with behavioural/learning difficulties; children coming out as gay/trans, to name but a few – these things take their toll and it can really help to talk things through, in complete confidence, with a trained professional.
All relationships go through tough patches, but sometimes there seems no way out. Maybe it’s constant criticism, or jealousy; maybe there is infidelity, or you suspect that there might be; maybe abuse – not just physical, but constant put-downs, undermining, belittling; or the parent role is crowding out your roles as lovers and friends; sometimes it’s work that causes the problems…whatever it is, it can help to talk about and get a new perspective.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S COUNSELLING
I am currently employed as Counsellor in a FE College. I have also worked in a University as a Counsellor and see many young people as private clients. Prior to this, I worked for over 20 years as a teacher in secondary education. I also have 4 children of my own. (NB I specialise in working with the 16-25 age group.)
Children and young people can be badly affected by events such as abuse/rape; drug/alcohol/computer addiction; a parent/carer leaving, becoming ill or dying; conflict, violence or abuse within the family; bullying; academic pressure/exam nerves; self-harm; eating disorders; sexuality issues; moving to a different area/school; money problems; loneliness/friendship/relationship problems; anti-social behaviour.
When young people are unhappy they may also be angry and upset, and sometimes this results in taking risks, behaving badly and/ or abusing drugs and alcohol. Alternatively they may be withdrawn or over-anxious, and may hurt themselves in other ways. Concentration at school often suffers. Therapy will take a person-centred approach, but may include Gestalt work, Mindfulness and/or DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) - which aims to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thinking.
When things go off track in the teenage years, they can set the pattern for a lifetime.
Seeking professional support before problems become entrenched can make all the difference.
SUPPORTING TRANSGENDER CLIENTS
I am listed as a therapist by Pink Therapy. Pink Therapy is the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
As an organisation they aim to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual diversities.
Intersex, AIS and Gender Dysphoria
Whilst biological sex and gender identity are the same for most people, this is not the case for everyone. A mismatch between sex and gender identity can lead to distressing and uncomfortable feelings.
Without appropriate help and support, some people may try to suppress their feelings and attempt to live the life of their biological sex. They may try to live according to their anatomical sex, rather than the gender they feel themselves to be, because of social expectations. Ultimately, however, most people are unable to keep this up, without becoming mentally and emotionally distressed.
Having or suppressing these feelings is often very difficult to deal with and, as a result, many transsexuals and people who are Intersex, or with AIS or gender dysphoria experience depression, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
Not all Trans people want to go through surgical reassignment and so may face prejudice from others who do not take them seriously.
Those who do undergo reassignment surgery usually report high levels of personal satisfaction; however, they may still face prejudice or discrimination because of their condition. This can sometimes leave people feeling:
- isolated - if they are not with people who understand what they are going through
- stressed or afraid - because of not being accepted socially
- discriminated against - in social situations and at work, or at school/college.
There are legal safeguards to protect against discrimination, but other types of prejudice may be much harder to deal with - eg rejection by family and friends.
Counselling support can provide Trans people (and their families) with an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and receive support to help them cope with the emotional and psychological stress encountered before, during and after transition.
Bereavement is devastating. It can also be a lonely and isolating experience. People may not understand how you feel, however close they are, or they may not want to talk about it. Some people you thought you could turn to might even try to avoid you. People tell you that you should be “over it” or to “move on”, but you can’t.
Your loss may be recent, or you might still have painful feelings months or even years later. After the loss of a loved one, you might feel very confused by the turmoil of your feelings; you may feel angry, resentful, constantly tearful and upset, or unable to think of life without your loved one. You may feel as if some days you are just about holding things together, whilst on other days you are not coping at all. You may feel upset that you sometimes get angry with the person who has died. Sometimes you catch yourself having a happy moment, or enjoying something – but then feel guilty about that. No two experiences are ever the same.
Whatever has happened and however you are feeling, I can help you to find your way through, so that you can start to visualise a new future.
I am listed on the International Register of Practitioners trained and approved by IARTT - The International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy, UK and USA. I am fully trained and qualified to use this method, having studied with Dr David Muss, the originator of this technique, on a training course Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Rewind Therapy offers a way of permanently stopping distressing, involuntary recall in a short course of sessions. It is invaluable in treating trauma such as memories of military action, rape, assault, murder, burglary, accidents, and other trauma (including eyewitness trauma), and PTSD.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Professional Standards and Qualifications
I hold a Masters Degree in Childhood and Youth, an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Higher National Diploma in Integrated Counselling accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also hold a Professional Diploma in Hypnotherapy.
I am fully qualified to offer the REWIND technique for victims of trauma and PTSD sufferers, having trained with Dr David Muss, the creator of the technique, on a BPS Accredited Course. I am listed on the Register of Practitioners trained and approved by ARTT - The Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy, UK and USA.
I also hold various professional music qualifications including the LRSM Performance Diploma and I have Qualified Teacher Status.
I am fully qualified and practise under the guidelines of my regulatory bodies. I adhere to the strict code of ethics of these professional organisations, and I undertake on-going training and supervision, in order to offer and maintain the highest possible standards of care to my clients.
I am an Accredited Member - MBACP (Accred) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their strict professional code of conduct and ethics.
I am a member of the BACP Division for Counsellors of Children and Young People.
I am also a Graduate Member (MBPS GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a Member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology.
I am a full member of the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association
I have several current Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau certificates.
* Please feel free to ask to see proof of documentation when you visit, especially if you are bringing a child. A good Counsellor will never be offended by this.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work related stress
Young People's Counselling
Child related issues
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Initial Assessment Appointment (first appointment) - £25 - 50 mins.
Counselling Sessions - £45 per session. (CONCESSIONS £30) - 50 mins.
REWIND Trauma Therapy - £45 per session (CONCESSIONS £30)
Hypnotherapy - £45 per session (CONCESSIONS £30) - 50 mins.
Couples Counselling £45 (CONCESSIONS £35) for 1 hour.
Couples Counselling £60 (CONCESSIONS £50) for 90 mins.
Concession Price is available for -
All children and young people aged 18 or under.
Students (of any age) in full or part-time education.
Low-waged (eg working but on benefits, or part-time worker).
Military Personnel (serving or retired).
Please pay at the start of each appointment.
Fees may be paid by cash or by cheque.
Please note- 24 hours notice is required to cancel an appointment. If less than this notice is given, there will be a £10 charge for the missed appointment, as I will still have to pay rent for the room and may not be able to fill the appointment at short notice.
My Professional Standards and Qualifications
* MA - Childhood and Youth
* BSc (Hons) Psychology
* Higher National Diploma with Merit – Integrative Counselling
* Professional Diploma in Hypnotherapy
* Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
* Graduate Member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology
*Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
* Registered Member of the BACP Division for Counsellors of Children and Young People
* Full member of the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association
Length of Sessions
All sessions last 50-60 mins.
Number of Sessions
Every person coming to therapy is a unique individual and may need a varying number of sessions. We would discuss this at the beginning and would review this between ourselves at regular intervals (usually after every 6 appointments), depending upon the individual's goals for their therapy. Most people will need 6-8 sessions, but some will need less, while others will need more.
Many people prefer fortnightly appointments, to spread the cost - that is perfectly OK.
Rewind – most people require less than 4 sessions.
BUPA and other Health Insurance Schemes
If you are registered with a Healthcare Insurer, you may be able to get your counselling sessions paid for by them. You will need to contact your GP so they can make a referral to your chosen provider. I will require your pre-authorisation number at the first session with you.
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available Saturdays 10am-4pm. Appointments may be booked by phone or email.
Types of client