Jan Lewis BA (Hons), MBACP (reg)
Thank you for looking at my profile. I am a fully qualified therapeutic counsellor and a BACP registered member. I offer a counselling service in East Oxford, within easy reach of Oxford city centre.
You may be considering counselling for current or past experiences, to change old patterns or you may not know why you are experiencing certain thoughts and feelings that are impeding upon your life. Counselling is an opportunity for you to invest in yourself, as a counsellor gives you the space to be heard, accepted and valued. A counsellor being alongside you, gives you the opportunity to express and explore your current difficulties or past issues to enable change or to consider how to reconcile with what you cannot change, so you may embrace the kaleidoscope of life.
To enable you to feel safe to disclose what is happening for you and to have the freedom to explore, you need to experience your counsellor is genuine, non-judgemental, empathetic and compassionate.
I offer short term counselling and longer term open ended psychotherapeutic counselling and I adjust my approach to meet individual need. As a humanistic counsellor, I accept individual uniqueness and I recognise a person's ability to develop and make choices. I promote self-awareness by inviting exploration together of your issues and experiences. This may include your patterns of relating to self and others, how this impacts upon your life and, if applicable, what changes you would like to make to move forward.
To get started with counselling the first step is to email, text or call me with any queries you may have or to book an initial session, as this gives you the opportunity to consider if I am the counsellor you would like alongside you. Also, an initial session gives you the space to ask any questions, talk about what has led you into counselling and your hopes for counselling. It is okay if you do not know, as counselling may focus upon the issues that emerge within the therapeutic process. If you would then like to continue counselling with me, we will discuss and mutually agree a counselling agreement and review how things are going throughout counselling.
Also, please click on my website link at the top of this page for additional information, including guidance on choosing a therapist, what is and what happens in counselling and psychotherapy and useful website links.
If you call to enquire further, please do not be put off if you get my confidential answer phone message, as I check messages throughout the day. Please leave your preferred contact details and I will contact you as soon as possible.
My therapy room is in a counselling centre in East Oxford, within easy reach of the city centre and the ring road. There is free street parking and the number 3 bus stop is within a couple of minutes walk.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice, I am a counsellor in a women's counselling centre and in a men's counselling service. Prior to my counselling training, I managed a County Council Leaving Care Service, supporting care leavers aged 16-25, including people seeking asylum. Also, I have worked in supported housing with adults, young parents and vulnerable young people and in a domestic abuse service. Therefore, I have over 25 years’ experience in supporting people through life's diverse challenges.
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling: Principles and Practice (4 years), validated by Oxford Brookes University.
- Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (2 years). A BACP accredited course and validated by Middlesex University.
- BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (1 year top up).
- NVQ 4 in Social and Health Care Management
My motivation for on-going learning and an interest in Transactional Analysis (T.A.) led me to undertake further post qualification counselling training. I am committed to continual professional development training and I attend regular supervisions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas include physical health issues, Domestic Abuse and LGBTQ+. Please be aware the areas identified above is not an exhaustive list; you may have other issues, your own definition of your experiences or struggle to put into words what's happening for you.
The fee is £45 per 50 minute session weekdays, including for evening sessions, and £55 for weekend sessions. I request payment is by cash or cheque payable at the session.
I hold an enhanced DBS clearance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Also, my practice includes evening counselling sessions and weekends.
Types of client