Jacqui Empson-High

Jacqui Empson-High



07757 336387

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07757 336387

About me

Hello, my name is Jacqui and I am an experienced Person-Centred counsellor offering general counselling and with particular interest and experience in bereavement and losses of all kinds including bereavement by suicide and loss of a companion animal/pet.

I come from a nursing background and work with any health related issues but cancer and end of life care are areas I particularly like to work with. I have recently been involved with the formation of a new network for Norfolk - The Butterfly Tree - which is aiming to offer counselling and complimentary therapies to the dying and their families in their own homes.

Loss can include redundancy, miscarriage, abortion and anything that leaves a sense of emptiness that is hard to explain or cope with.

I also have an interest in working creatively within the Person-Centred approach.

I offer counselling to individual adults at my home in Wymondham and at a clinic in central Norwich if this is easier. I can accommodate home visits in the area if required and can offer counselling support to clients and their families/carers if requested and agreed.

I can now offer one-to-one face-to-face session via secure and confidential video link using VSee for those unable to leave home or with transport issues or wish to work with me on a specific issue countrywide. If you are interested please contact me for further details

I am also a poet and offer writing for wellbeing of various kinds to individuals, groups and other therapists. This can be as a dedicated session or series of workshops or incorporated into a counselling session on request.

I also offer writing for wellbeing workshops as CPD for therapists.

I would enjoy the opportunity to talk with you to see if we can work together to help you find your way through your problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a nurse in 1979 but left that profession in the 1980's having specialised for many years in cancer nursing and end of life care. This experience enables me to work effectively with cancer patients, families and friends from pre-diagnosis to end of life and beyond for the family. I found myself using counselling skills a great deal in this situation.

I obtained the Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of East Anglia in 2000. I had previously been trained by Cruse Bereavement Care in 1997 and volunteered as a counsellor with them for 10 years. I offered In-service training and assisted with the initial training course from 2002 - 2006.

I have also undertaken university studies in History of Art obtaining a BA(Hons) in the subject in 1990 fuelling my interest in creative therapy. I took a weekend course with Natalie Rogers, creator of Person-Centred Expressive Therapy in 2003 and have incorporated these ideas into my work.

My interest in the therapeutic benefits of creative working, particularly writing, has been with me since my teenage years and in 2013 I went to Ty Newydd in Wales to undertake a Writing in Health and Social Care course to consolidate my work as a poet, using writing as therapy and increase my understanding of this growing field and the research evidence for its effectiveness in maintaining wellbeing.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavement through loss of a companion animal/pet
Bereavement by suicide and complex grief issues
Therapeutic writing / Writing for Wellbeing for groups or individuals
Counselling/therapeutic writing for the dying and their families in their own homes


For individuals my fees are £40 a session and sessions last 50 minutes to an hour depending on the venue we use. The same price applies to video-link sessions.

For our first, introductory session of 50 minutes/one hour the fee is £10. The same fee applies to video-link sessions.

I offer a reduced fee for students, NHS staff, older persons and those in receipt of benefits and this is negotiated on an individual basis.

Fees for groups are £50 per session after the introductory session.

Fees for CPD or other items are agreed on an individual basis.

Further information

I am a member of the BACP and have ongoing supervision and continue with my own personal and professional development with further courses and training.

I am fully insured and have been DBS checked.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR2
Wymondham, NR18

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have daytime sessions on Wednesdays,Thursdays Fridays (morning currently in Norwich only) and Saturdays. Evening sessions Wednesday & Friday

Types of client

Older adults
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