Jan Kilroy-Jolley, Dip.Coun, ACT, Brainspotting, MSc Applied Psych Therapies
43-47 Middle Hillgate
Are you experiencing difficulties in your life, feeling stuck, isolated and alone with your thoughts and feelings, not knowing which way to turn? If you believe that you need help to take the next steps towards finding a solution, then I am here to support you and work with you through this process.
How Can Counselling Help You?
I will support you to gain a clearer perspective about whatever is troubling you. Together we identify what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential, and what action you need to take to improve your situation.
The aim of the therapeutic process is to help you to understand and accept yourself, to change your behaviour/ thoughts to those which are more productive for you, to manage distressing feelings without avoiding them and provide you with a supportive space, so you are more able to address the difficulties that maybe preventing you from living your life to the full.
I will walk beside you on your journey, giving you space and time to make sense of how your current/ past circumstances may be impacting on you. Whilst working at your pace, I will endeavour to support you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and to help you move towards achieving your desired outcomes.
How I Work:
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (RMBACP). I offer an empathic, safe and confidential environment, where you can explore your personal difficulties without fear of judgement.
I work as an integrative counsellor, which means that I draw upon a range of different approaches and methods, tailoring them to best meet the needs of each individual I work with. Amongst the approaches/ methods I use are: Person Centred Counselling; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Inner Child Healing; Rewind Technique; Bainspotting; Mindfulness; Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT); Focusing; Grounding techniques; Self-Compassion; Guided imagery and Self-Care Strategies.
What is Brainspotting?
Approved by the British Psychological Society, Brainspotting is a powerful relational, brain-body therapy, which is used widely within the field of Trauma. Brainspotting is also found to be an effective treatment option for those experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Physical Illness (pain/ chronic fatigue), Stress, Complex Grief, Complex PTSD, ADHD, Phobias, Anger Issues, etc.
During the initial set-up phase of brainspotting, the therapist will ask the client what is troubling them, where in their body they are feeling any intense/ uncomfortable/calm, feeling/emotions, and rate the intensity of these emotions/ feelings on a 0-10 scale (10 being severe).
Whilst the client is listening to BioLateral sounds (alternating music through headphones), the therapist slowly moves a pointer in front of the client's field of vision, to determine where the client may be holding any activating experiences/emotions/ traumatic memories in their brain (brainspots). Where you look affects how you feel, e.g. if you look at a particular spot to your left, you may feel an uncomfortable sensation within your body, such as a tight feeling within your chest, anxiety, physical pain etc., conversely, you may look to a spot on your right, and feel a sense of calm/ peace (every client's experience is unique).
Evidence suggests that trauma is stored in parts of the brain (limbic system) that regulate the body. As a result, traumatic events that cause the body to fight, flee, or freeze leave a physiological imprint in the body. Brainspotting allows the therapist to access a client's emotions on a deeper level, processing and releasing the neurophysiological effects of trauma, thus activating the body's innate ability to heal itself.
What is ACT?
ACT is the acronym for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an empirically supported third wave behaviour therapy, which is recognised as an effective therapeutic intervention for a diverse range of difficulties.
The essential ingredients of ACT include letting go of the struggle to control unwanted thoughts (negative mind chatter) and feelings (anxiety, worry, anger, fear, pain etc.), being mindfully aware of the present moment, and committing to a course of action that is consistent with who/ what you value most in life (Your Personal Values).
Through the use of Mindfulness techniques, Acceptance, Commitment and Behaviour Change Strategies, ACT can help you to create a rich, full and meaningful life, whilst simultaneously accepting the unwanted thoughts, feelings and body sensations which you may have previously attempted to avoid or even feared.
What is ACT beneficial for?
Anxiety and Stress
Grief and Loss
Confidence and Self-Esteem
Who I work with:
I have worked extensively with adults who have experienced issues related to:
Historic childhood sexual abuse/ trauma
Bereavement, Loss and Grief
Prior to and since qualifying as a counsellor in 2008, I have worked (within a voluntary and salaried capacity) in a variety of different settings (learning disabilities, younger people, adults and older demographics). In addition to my private counselling practice, I am also currently employed, part-time, as a senior counsellor within a third sector organisation.
I offer short, medium and long term counselling, meaning that we can adapt the number of sessions to best meet your needs, reviewing this on an ongoing basis as we progress.I am sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of individuals and to people's religious beliefs, gender identity, age and sexual orientation.
I am happy for you to telephone or email me, so that I can answer any questions that you may have, or tell you more about how I work. Because I understand how important it is to find the right counsellor, I offer an initial, no obligation, 30 minute face to face consultation session at a cost of £5.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Emotional Freedom Technique Diploma (2017)
- MSc Applied Psychology Therapies (2015)
- Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling (2008)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2006)
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts (2005)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (1993)
Recent Short Courses:
- Phase 1 Brainspotting (2017)
- Trauma-Informed Care (2017)
- Trauma and the Body. Somatisation and Dissociation (2017)
- Adult ADHD (2017)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy Introduction (2017)
- Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure (2017)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2016-2017)
- Transactional Analysis 101 (2016)
- TF-CBT Introduction (2016)
- Domestic Abuse (2016)
- Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse (2016)
- Dissociative Identity Disorder (2016)
- Depression, Anxiety and CBT (2016)
- Grounding Techniques (2016)
- Working with Trans-Identified and Trans-Historied Clients (2015)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
I charge £40 for a 60 minute session.
Payment will be made at each session, paid either by cash or cheque.
I offer prospective clients an initial, no obligation, 30 minute consultation session at a cost of £5, to decide if we wish to work together.
I have developed and delivered workshops to volunteer counsellors, clients and other third sector organisations, on issues encompassing Self-Harm, Self-Care, Stress Management, Positive Psychology and Grounding Techniques.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursday (daytime and evening) and Friday (evening)
Types of client