Janice Pinto, B.Ed, HE Dip. Counselling, Registered Member BACP
Difficult relationships, anxiety, depression, stress, thoughts going round and round in our heads, any of these can take the enjoyment out of day-to-day living. Sometimes circumstances alter abruptly, or stresses and strains can creep up unexpectedly. It can be hard to keep going with everyday demands.
I realise that taking the first step towards counselling can be quite daunting. I offer a free half hour to see whether we think we might be able to work well together.
I try to help you to pause and work out for yourself what might be going on and then the encouragement to move forward.Your individual needs and hopes for what you would like to achieve will guide the way.
As a counsellor I have worked in a 6th form college and a University (counselling both students and staff). I currently counsel for a town centre counselling agency mainly dealing with GP referrals and I am also in private practice.
I work with adults of all ages and young people.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a background of over 30 years in the field of education: teaching, assessing and working 'one to one' with teenagers, adults and families. From having worked with a wide range of ages and contexts, I came to see that those who were able to learn most effectively and get the most from life were those who were not troubled by emotional difficulties. This led me into counselling training.
My own experience of counselling showed me what a difference it could make to everyday life.
Counselling and other qualifications
- HE Diploma in Counselling (University of Roehampton)
- Honours Degree in Education (Cambridge University)
- Royal Society of Arts Diploma in working with Specific Learning Difficulties (Distinction)
- Qualified to lead parenting courses : Skills for leading Parenting Programme Award.
My training is integrative drawing upon Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Humanistic and Transpersonal approaches. I am also trained and experienced in the use of creative therapies.
Continuing professional development
I regularly attend continuing professional development courses. Recent courses include:
- Low Self-esteem
- Domestic Abuse
- Mental Illness
Counselling work in an agency, higher educational and private settings with both adults and young people.
- Experience includes working with relationship issues, family difficulty, anxiety, depression, stress, learning difficulties, loss, low self-esteem, cross-cultural issues, aspects of sexuality and coping with life transitions
- Mentoring young people and Gap Year students.
- Helping parents who are experiencing family and /or parenting issues.
- Before training as a counsellor I worked as a mainstream teacher, an educational assessor and a special needs teacher. I have worked in both the state and independent sectors and in both day and boarding settings.
- Informal pastoral work
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
First 30 minutes free as part of initial session. £40 per 50 minute session.
(Some concessionary rates available subject to circumstances).
My training included a consideration of aspects of faith. I work with those from church and non-church backgrounds. I am open to look at aspects of spirituality if this is important to you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evening as well as daytime appointments available. Counselling is in a comfortable, welcoming room that offers complete confidentiality.
Types of client