Jason Colyer Dip.Couns. Accredited Counsellor & Career Coach
5 The Chapel
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My name is Jason and I am a fully qualified counsellor and coach with over 10 years’ experience of helping individuals deal with the some of the many challenges that life throws our way. I offer a warm, friendly approach and have the ability to help you feel at ease and able to discuss the issues that are concerning you. I feel it is important to provide a space where you will be listened to and valued as an individual, without fear of being judged or criticised, where you feel confident to explore your feelings and develop an understanding of what they mean within a safe, confidential environment.
I work with teenagers, men and women around a vast array of issues such as stress, anger, bullying, bereavement, relationship issues, addiction, loss, anxiety, self-esteem, confidence, exam stress, identity, sex, panic attacks, general anxiety disorder, redundancy and career counselling. I am accredited with the National Counselling Society, a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, am on the accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority and hold an enhanced DBS. I offer short term cognitive based therapy and medium to long term sessions depending on the need of the individual This can be discussed in your first session.
What to expect:
Counselling can be a challenging process, so it’s important that you find a counsellor that you can relate to. The first session will allow us to discuss your needs and gain an understanding of what you would like to achieve from your sessions. It is also an opportunity for you to establish as to whether you feel that I am the right counsellor for you.
Frequently asked questions:
Will it be difficult?
Challenging our behaviour and aspects of ourselves that we are uncomfortable with can be difficult and requires bravery. The agenda and pace of the session will always be determined by you. I have a non-judgmental, empathic approach which will enable you to explore difficult issues where appropriate. The process is one of learning, self-challenge and self-discovery which helps to develop self-awareness and promote change.
Will what I say be treated confidentiality?
Confidentiality is an essential core requirement of the counselling process. It fosters a relationship of trust and establishes boundaries that creates an environment where issues and feelings can be expressed honestly. The only time confidentiality is broken is when there is significant reason to believe that you are at risk of serious harm, danger of hurting others or that the law dictates it. All aspects of confidentiality will be discussed and agreed in the first session.
How does counselling work?
Counselling provides you with a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your issues and challenge aspects of yourself that you struggle with. I will help to empower you to make positive change in your life through the development of self-awareness and implementing strategies that work for you.
What if I get emotional?
It is not necessarily a requirement to "get emotional" in counselling, but you won't be judged if you do. More importantly, you'll be in an environment where your emotions can be expressed safely and explored.
I work from the Abbey Clinic, which offers a comfortable and relaxing environment, located in the town of Faversham. It is easily accessible from the M2 if driving and is on a mainline train route.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me for an informal chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced Counsellor/Career Coach and have worked in several specialist areas such as Schools, Probation Service, Housing Associations and Private Practice, covering a wide range of specialisms including: Anger management, workplace stress, relationship problems, familiy issues, coping with redundancy, career management, self-esteem, anxiety and self development.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Accredited - Canterbury
- Diploma in Counselling - Accredited - Canterbury
- Diploma In Career Coaching - Accredited
- Training in Stress Awareness & Management - Centre for Stress Management, London
- DBS certified
- PTTLS - Accredited
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist areas of work:
Help for Anxiety
Many people suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives and it is normal to feel worried about the everyday pressures that life has to throw at us. There are many life events that can trigger anxiety, such as going for an interview or being asked to do a presentation in front of a group of people. The release of adrenaline in the body can cause us to experience a range of physical feelings such as sickness, tightness of the chest, shortness of breath and an increased heart rate. For most these feelings, will pass, but for some this can evolve in to a long-term condition that impacts on every aspect of their lives. I can help you to:
- Understand the root cause of your anxiety
- Challenge your fears in a safe environment
- Learn to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and how they trigger feelings
- Develop the ability to implement more helpful thinking strategies and recognise how to manage feelings
- Look at your anxiety and put it into a wider context
- Empower you to make positive change
Help for Anger:
Anger is a normal human emotion, but it if it is not expressed appropriately it can lead to aggressive outbursts, hostility, violence and destructive behaviour. If left unchallenged it can lead to depression, anxiety, self-harming, addiction, problems at work and a breakdown of relationships. The real question you should ask yourself is, "Why am I angry?". Unlike the more traditional methods of managing anger, such as counting to ten, taking it out in the gym or meditating, counselling will help you to develop self-awareness and an understanding of what you are angry about, why certain thoughts or beliefs provoke extreme emotional responses and how this contributes to your behaviour. This awareness will help you to understand the context of your emotions and enable you to express your anger appropriately. I can help you to:
- Map out your 'Cycle of Anger' and learn how to break it
- Gain an understanding of where your anger comes from
- Become aware of how your thoughts and beliefs impact on your feelings and behavioural responses
- Develop strategies such as thinking modification and grounding techniques to alter your responses to volatile situations
- Learn how to express your anger safely and in an appropriate way
Help for Stress:
Pressure is part of normal daily life and a certain amount is necessary to enable us to stay alert. Stress occurs when pressure exceeds our perceived ability to cope with it. This is the point when our stress levels can become out of control and if left untreated can lead to prolonged anxiety, depression, disturbed sleeping patterns, problems at work and physical problems such as chest pains or headaches. Counselling can help you to recognise your stress triggers allowing you to manage it more effectively. I can help you to:
- Recognise your 'Stress Triggers'
- Identify psychological, physical and behavioural symptoms of stress within yourself
- Develop an awareness of your thinking errors and develop the necessary skills to modify these beliefs
- Explore a range of strategies and techniques to tackle stress, including stress mapping, lifestyle management, relaxation or grounding skills and type A modification
Help for Careers:
Jobs and careers play a major part in most people’s lives but unfortunately it is the case that most find themselves in a role that is unrewarding which can lead to frustration, stress, a lack of motivation and a sense of being unhappy. Tackling this issue can be a difficult process, leaving most people uncertain about where to begin. Some decide to stick with ‘the devil you know’ which stops them from embracing change and looking at the alternative options, whilst others may feel trapped in a job they hate because of financial or other personal commitments. If this sounds like you then you may benefit from the support, help and guidance that career counselling provides. I can help you to:
- Formulate an achievable plan of action with realistic goals
- Advise you on how to produce a CV and covering letter that gets noticed
- Explore suitable career opportunities that match your desires and help you to feel more fulfilled
- Identify negative beliefs that are holding you back from making change
- Become more aware of your strengths and skills and how to use them
- Build your self-confidence and become more assertive
- Cope more effectively with stress at work
- Learn effective interview techniques
- Resolve difficult situations at work such as bullying or conflict
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
My fees are £45.00 for a session (55 minutes).
A discount of £40.75 per session is available for a bulk booking of 8 sessions + payable in advance.
Payments can be made either by cash, cheque or BACS transfer.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, a member of the BACP, BACP Coaching and on the Accredited Register of the Professional Standards Authority.
I abide by the professional standards and the code of ethics of both the Nationbal Counselling Society and the British Association of Counselling & Pyschotherapy.
All sessions are held in a confidential environment.
As part of my ongoing CPD and delivery of professional practice I undergo regular Clinical Supervision and enagage in ongoing traininig.
I hold a current DBS, carry full indemnity insurance and am registered with Data Protection.
All the below testimonials have been kept anonymous to protect confidentiality. I thank all of those individuals that have been kind enough to share their experiences and I am honoured to have been able to help.
"I was sceptical about counselling and had never considered it before. When I started to experience bouts of anxiety a friend of mine suggested calling Jason as he had been to see him and had a positive experience. It took a couple of weeks deliberating, but eventually I made the call. After the first session I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted. Jason is approachable, friendly and has helped me to develop strategies to cope with life. A big big thank you.
"The experience I had with Jason has been so valuable. Straight away I felt comfortable enough to start talking about what was on my mind. I had had some counselling before but felt as if I wasn't really being listened to. Jason was attentive and he picked up on so much that I had'nt been aware of before. It helped me to gain clarity and self awareness. Thank you Jason. I would recommend your services to anyone in need of some help"
"A great experience which has totally changed my life. I was treated with respect and honesty. A true professional who really cares about the people he works with"
"Jason didn't judge me or tell me what I should be doing. Instead he helped me to explore my own feelings and come up with my own solutions. Thanks"
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available Weekdays - day time and evenings and Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|