Jacqueline van Oosterwijk, Registered Member MBACP
Few people are able to 'recharge their own batteries', lift themselves up by their own psychological bootstraps, and keep their own morals trimmed without outside assistance. (Eric Berne)
Feeling down and lacking energy? Not wanting to burden your family and friends or feeling they cannot help you? Have you been feeling low, lonely, anxious, low self-esteem? Or maybe you are dealing with a recent loss, problems in your relationships or at work? Then counselling may be of great value for you. Sharing helps you feeling less lonely. It may help to have someone independent to talk to and to share your worries and concerns.
Counselling can help finding new ways of thinking, behaving and feeling that leave you less drained and give you a sense of being more in control of your own life. You don’t need prior experience with counselling or therapy. Often the difficulties we bring to therapy are linked to our relationships with other people, eg. repeated patterns that are unhelpful. In therapy you can practice new ways of relating; testing out new behaviours to see if they suit you and give the results you hope for.
There's a wide variety of topics I have experience with (see below) and I work both individually and with couples. If you're not sure it is for you, maybe you want to get in touch for a phone chat to ask your questions and decide for yourself if you want to test it out.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained a certificate in interpersonal and counselling skills from the Metanoia Institute. Currently, I am studying towards a diploma in counselling and an MSc in psychotherapy. I'm in the dissertation phase of my training.
I have worked for over 15 years with people experiencing a range of emotional difficulties in a variety of roles and organisations. Through my training, experience and personal development I have come to understand the value and importance of a confidential space where you receive recognition and support with day to day struggles and longer term issues.
I have practised as a trainee counsellor / psychotherapist since September 2008 and work with clients with all kind of issues that affect their day-to-day life and the way they cope. I have experience in working together on anxiety and panic attacks, bereavement and loss, couples counselling, depression, guilt, low self-esteem, stress at work, redundancy, relationship difficulties and divorce, surviving abuse, trauma and many other issues.
I also have experience in working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and who hear voices or have sensory experiences that others do not.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Living with someone diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder.
- Cross cultural & migration issues.
I have a BDSM and Paedophilia friendly practice.
£50 per individual session (50 minutes)
£75 for couples per session (75 minutes)
I offer sessions in either English or Dutch, in both of which I am fluent.
I am bound by and adhere to the Codes of Ethics provided by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis) and the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
I use Signal for secure messaging communication via Smart phone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
afternoons and evenings; Tuesday to Thursday
Types of client