Dr Jane Simms Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) HCPC AFBPsS
Hello and welcome to my profile. For many people talking to a qualified professional in a safe, trusting and confidential environment can be a daunting experience. You might feel that your difficulties are minimal, you might feel ashamed or embarrassed, unsure how to begin to find the words to talk or know what to say. These are perfectly normal reactions. However, no matter how overwhelming and despairing you are feeling right now, there is always hope and change is possible. Between us we will figure things out and work out the best way forward to help you start working through whatever is troubling you at this time.
All the psychological therapies that I provide are evidence based. That means you will only receive psychological intervention that has demonstrated under research conditions that it is effective and in many cases, recognised by the Department of Health National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines (NICE). These include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Person Centred/Experiential Therapies (PCET)
- Other therapeutic approaches include:
- Schema Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
However, no two people are the same and in many cases it is necessary to provide individually tailored therapy which draws upon a range of evidence based approaches designed to meet your unique psychological and emotional needs. This will be determined at your initial assessment from which an understanding of your difficulties will be ascertained and formulated into an appropriate treatment plan.
I understand that some people do not need or wish to engage in psychological therapy but instead require some practical skills to cope with low mood, stress or anxiety. I can provide information, advice and relaxation skills training on a one to one basis. In these one hour sessions you will learn more about stress, anxiety or how to manage your mood and how to cope.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
MSc Counselling Psychology (Distinction)
British Psychological Society Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP)
BSc(Hons) Applied Psychology (1st Class)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy Accredited Practitioner
British Psychological Society Supervised Practice Training Levels 1-4
I have extensive training and experience in adult mental health gained in both voluntary and statutory sectors. I have many years experience working with a wide range of psychological disorders of various levels of distress and with individuals with complex emotional difficulties.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and I am an accredited practitioner (IPTUK). IPT is a time limited psychological treatment for depression. It is evidence based and is specifically for individuals whose depression has been triggered by an interpersonal problem such as grief, transition, dispute/conflict, or difficulties communicating with and relating to others. It has also shown to be effective for other mental health difficulties. It is an effective psychological treatment for postnatal depression. Suitability will be determined at your initial assessment.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Initial assessment £85 (1.5 hour).
One to one therapy £60 per hour.
Skype one to one session £45 per hour - only available where circumstances prevent attendance face-to-face.
Reduced fees for unwaged or trainees: £35.
Please note I do not accept debit or credit cards.
CURRENT AVAILABILITY: PLEASE NOTE I AM CURRENTLY ONLY OFFERING APPOINTMENTS ON A SATURDAY MORNING 9am to 1pm.
I engage in evidence based practice which means that I offer psychological therapy that has shown to be effective and I maintain a practice based evidence approach which means that your therapy is monitored throughout, to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment possible.
My client centred approach ensures that you are treated with the utmost dignity and respect, and that we will strive for a therapeutic relationship that is genuine, empathic, non-judgemental and underpinned by trust.
I abide by the British Psychological Society (BPS) code of professional conduct with whom I am a Chartered Member and work within their ethical framework. I am a registered Counselling Psychologist Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I am registered with AVIVA and APA.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified and experienced supervisor.View supervision profile