Counselling by Jane Hupston & Animal Assisted Therapist (AAT)
Counselling by Jane - A Talking Therapy for Adults & children
also providing - Animal Assisted Therapy for Adults & Children (creature comforts counselling)
If you are interested in having Counselling just give me a call or email me to set up an initial assessment session; we will talk about what you want to get out of counselling; if you are happy to continue I will set up a second session, and will arrange to see you weekly.
i am here to support you. I am a very positive and empathic person and am very motivated in what I do.
I am a friendly, caring and a very empathic person. I am approachable and easy to talk to. I have a great zest for life, am very driven and motivated in my work. I am young at heart and can related to a wide range of people from the young to the elderly.
I have a broad knowledge of Illness & disabilities, Nursing and Social Care & have experience in a vast array of lifes issues and problems, which include; anxiety, depression, panic, ptsd, OCD, bereavement, loss of a dear pet, seasonal affective disorder, relationships and divorce, feeling sad, generalised anxiety disorder, phobias, family issues, abuse, Pregnancy & loss, postnatal depression, low self-esteem, motherhood & childcare, ADHD, autism, sexuality. Etc.
Everyone deserves the right to be heard. I will listen to you, without judgement. All will be in the strictest confidence, so give me a ring 07792847171.
- Counselling available for Adults & Children
- Counselling available for individuals, groups, young people, elderly, organisations & employers
Therapy can be with or without a Therapy Pet present, I offer Integrative based counselling service, which is mainly person centred with something e elements of CBT.
The Therapy is confidential, empathic, professional, and is especially friendly.
This therapy can benefit adults & children who are experiencing a range problems, and general debilitating problems, issues and anxieties which can affect every day living. I can help you work through these issues, manage them and improve your quality of life.
I am based in a nice quiet area of the South side of Scarborough just past the University. I offer a private quiet space allowing you to talk freely, and openly, at your own speed.
How & why I can relate to your issues
I can relate to pain and suffering that disability brings and the challenges and pitfalls life throws at you like depression, loss, separation/divorce, children/pregnancy, work issues, bullying etc.. I offer the chance for you to share your painful story’s.
Having counselling can empower you, & turn negative experiences into positive ones, in a step by step way and help motivate you, turn those bad experiences into better managed ones, instilling hope to your future. Empowerment and motivation will help you discover who you really are and be how you really want it to be.
I have a broad knowledge of Illness & disabilities. I am also experienced in a vast array of other life issues and problems (see below). If there is an area or issue not listed that you would like to discuss then please do not hesitate to ask me.
I use a vast array of counselling methods tailored to your own needs.
Home visits are also available subject to a confidential private space being available for us to talk.
How can counselling help?
By talking though and exploring your difficulties and thoughts, underlying issues can discovered and be dealt with by adapting a more positive approach. You will discover strategies and new ways of coping to manage your problems. By engaging in your therapy you will develop and real sense of your true self, boost your self esteem and discover your real potential.
What the first session brings
The first session is an assessment session to enable me to know the basic facts about you and the people circle around you. During the 30 minutes, I will start to get to know you and about the issues that are preventing you to move forward. All that you tell me is kept in the strictness of confidence. From this session we can discuss how counselling can help you and we can make a plan to move you forward. The next sessions can be planned and payment arrangements made.
If your plan involves animal assisted intervention then you can decide on which animal you prefer for example dog or cat. You will then be introduced to your therapy animal to check you are comfortable with that pet, then therapy can begin.
Sessions are reviewed on session 6 to see how you are progressing. Further sessions can be added as long as there is a need.
The therapy is mainly Person Centred with some CBT elements integrated into my practice, which helps with deeper empathic understanding and allows you time to understand yourself.
Animal Assisted therapy, can help you if you have difficulties in talking or expressing your self, help you feel relaxed, enhance your relationships, enhance well-being, and develop trust. See below for further information regarding Animal Assisted therapy.
Also offering …
- Animal Assisted Therapy for Adults & children
- Animal Outreach is available for home visits to isolated, disabled or elderly people. Also available to Schools & Nursing Homes
- Creature Comforts Counselling Drop in Sessions (This will give you a chance to meet me and the Therapy Pets, a coffee and a chat).
- I am also thinking of running some support groups and would value any ideas that you are interested in? Prices would be £5 per session including hot drink and biscuits.
Please email or ring to put your name down and any suggestions you may have. As soon as we have enough people I will organise dates and times.
Suggestions so far:
Fibromyalgia support group
Arthritis support group
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Experience
I am a fully qualified Counselling Practitioner with the following qualifications:
BA in Counselling Studies
Foundation Degree in The Theory & Practice of Counselling
University Foundation Award in Counselling Skills
Diploma In Animal Assisted Therapy and ABC Award level 3
NVQ in Health & Social Care Level 3
Also I run a Pet Care business (Pet Assist Animal Care) – (please note that I only use my own therapy pets not customers pets)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life Skills Coaching
Help with your motivation
Do you need help to encourage you to:
find a job
face your fears
Help with life skills
Do you struggle with form filling in
Accessing advice and information
I also have links to other outside help & support services
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
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Sessions are 1 hour in duration and usually on a weekly basis, and run for 8 weeks, or more, for as long as needed. I usually review on the 6th session.
Introductory Session & Assessment – free
Individuals – £35 per hour
Individuals block 8 sessions paid in advance £250.00
*Concessions individuals £25 per hour
Couples – £55.00 per hour
Couples block booking of 8 sessions – £320
Groups – £25 per person per hour
Fees are due in advance of the therapy sessions starting and can be paid weekly or in blocks of 8. Payment secures your place in the diary.
*Concessions – (People in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, pensioners or part time income under £6000 pa qualifies for concession rates)
Animal Outreach prices are available by phoning Jane or on my website www.creaturecomfortscounselling.co.uk
Assisted Therapy aims
to promote mental, physical, and social well-being. Lots of people can benefit from this intervention including being used in a variety of settings including hospitals, special schools and colleges, prisons, residential care and in counselling practices. Studies also suggest that it is particularly effective for vulnerable people including those with emotional and behavioural problems. Working alongside animals offers practitioners a different way of exploring difficult and sensitive issues and clients are more likely to express their feelings and recount painful experiences. Research indicates when clients suffer from depression, they can benefit with a focus of interest and positive attention, as well as having the pleasure in handling animals. Time spent stroking and talking to dogs can result in lowering blood pressure, relieving pain, reducing anxiety levels and enhancing mood.
What is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)?
Lots of different animals may be included in AAT programmes, however, I work mainly with dogs and cats and sometimes with guinea pigs and rabbits, cats. I ensure I follow appropriate guidelines to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of clients and my therapy animals. The therapy includes activities which depend on each individual client preferences and their needs as well as the treatment These activities may include watching, touching, stroking, grooming, washing, feeding or generally caring for the animal. Some clients also enjoy lead walking dogs or helping to train the dogs
Why choose AAT?
Animals offer affection and unconditional acceptance. They live in the ‘here and now’ and are responsive, and don’t mind who you are or what you look like. They are usually direct and honest and unlike humans they are non-judgemental. Animals don’t criticise, hold grudges, change the rules or otherwise confuse through verbal communications. Clients can actually feel safer and less threatened while being around animals. Nurturing and empathic traits can be encouraged while being around the company of animals, and for abuse survivors, they can offer an opportunity for ‘safe touch’.
Benefits of positive interactions between people and animals are likely to include:
- Development of relationships and emotional bonds built on trust and respect
- Improved mood, morale and sense of self worth
- Better social interaction, reducing feelings of social isolation
- Relief from anxiety and stress (slower heart rate and lower blood p
- Learning new skills - nurturing and caring for animals appropriately
When can AAT help?
Animal Assisted Therapy aims to promote mental, physical, and social well-being. Lots of people can benefit from this intervention including being used in a variety of settings including hospitals, special schools and colleges, prisons, residential care and in counselling practices. Studies also suggest that it is particularly effective for vulnerable people including those with emotional and behavioural problems. Working alongside animals offers practitioners a different way of exploring difficult and sensitive issues and clients are more likely to express their feelings and recount painful experiences. Research indicates when clients suffer from depression, they can benefit with a focus of interest and positive attention, as well as having the pleasure in handling animals. Time spent stroking and talking to dogs can result in lowering blood pressure, relieving pain, reducing anxiety levels and enhancing mood.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
flexible days and times
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|