A Brief Introduction...
My name is Jenny Bryce, and I officially love my job! To me, there is nothing more satisfying than playing a part in someone’s journey towards freedom from distress… to help someone ease their emotional pain and live their life as the best possible version of themselves.
The Personal Stuff
I am a married mum of one daughter and two step-children, I live in north Bolton and have worked in the counselling field for around a decade.
Prior to this, my life experiences have been quite varied!
I served in the RAF for over ten years. I feel this played a big part in providing me with a certain degree of discipline, grounding and common sense, as well as experience in coming to contact with people from all sorts of different backgrounds.
Being part of the armed forces also brought me into contact with individuals with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or “Gulf War Syndrome,” as it was called at the time. This sparked what was to be a life-long interest (my husband would probably call it an obsession!) with the human mind and the massive impact it’s workings can have on our daily lives.
I also worked in the entertainment industry for several years. This too has given the me the experience of bringing me into contact with a diverse range of people and situations.
How Counselling Can Help
More often than not, many of us find that we can resolve our issues by talking to our friends, family members, colleagues etc. But sometimes this might not be enough….
Sometimes it’s more beneficial to speak to a person you don’t know.
Someone who can offer a you a safe and confidential environment for you to talk openly and be listened to without judgement or opinion.
Someone who is both unshockable and experienced at helping people explore why they feel like they do.
Someone who can gently help you navigate through your troubles to a more peaceful life.
An article in The Guardian reported that a survey by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) revealed that a whopping one in five Britons have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist in recent years.
This implies that the stigma that once surrounded the accessing of talking therapies when life gets tough is definitely on the decline.
This is great news for anyone who is experiencing difficulties in their life. It may be because of a specific issue, or perhaps it’s a more general feeling of things getting top of you, making your daily life something to be endured rather than enjoyed?
Either way, counselling can be an effective way of shining a light on your issues, feeling enlightened and ultimately empowered to move forward.
The Professional Stuff
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor. I am a registered member of the BACP and I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am fully equipped to work with many of the recognised counselling/psychotherapeutic approaches, with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) counting as one of my most utilised way of helping my clients.
The counselling service I provide is confidential, and can be delivered as follows:
Face to face, in my specially designated room at my home. In certain circumstances I can also offer counselling sessions in the clients' home if this is within a reasonable mileage radius.
By Skype or FaceTime.
In the workplace.
At university or college.
I can help with the many issues listed at the bottom of the page.
The list is by no means exhaustive, so if you feel you don’t fall into one of the above “categories,” don’t worry… The first session I offer is completely free of charge:
This first free session gives you a chance to tell me what’s on your mind, and I tell you more about the counselling process and which therapeutic approach might be best for you.
You can then decide if you wish to continue with any further sessions…there is no obligation at this point. This consultation process, as with all counselling sessions, is of course confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a diploma in Counselling Theory and Practice, and am a Registered Member of the BACP.
I possess a good all-round knowledge of several different therapeutic models, and consider myself an integrative counsellor. This means that, though the majority of my professional experience lies in CBT, addictions and Person-Centred therapy, I incorporate a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Whichever therapeutic approach is used, emphasis is placed on providing an empathic, non-judgemental space for the client to explore their issues.
I have been employed as a psychosocial intervention practitioner within Bolton’s statutory substance misuse service for nine years. I am familiar with the problems and frustration this can bring for both the client and their loved ones.
Sometimes it can be hard for us to identify if there is a problem in this area….
Sometimes it can be useful for us to ask ourselves:
Do I feel I might be drinking too much?
Do I feel that my once recreational drinking/drug use is starting to become a little bit too habitual?
Do I feel my substance use is starting to impact on other areas of my life, such as finances, relationships, health or employment?
Any “yes” answers to the above could indicate a problem.
It might be that an individual would like to get help around this, but feels embarrassed about accessing the local community substance misuse service, or perhaps hasn’t got the funds available to check into an expensive rehab?
I am here to assure individuals that substance misuse is nothing to be ashamed of, and is something that can be explored and addressed with me in my safe, non-judgemental environment. I use recognised techniques and tools for helping clients explore their issues, log their progress, reduce their substance use and reach goals, whether that goal be controlled usage or complete abstinence.
The world today seems to move at a hundred miles an hour, what with 24 hour news, social networking, the massive impact of the media telling us how should look, how we should feel, etc...
It's no wonder that we're more stressed and anxious than ever before!
I have facilitated a successful anxiety management group for 3 years now, and have had positive feedback from group members as to how it has helped ease their discomfort.
This is a relatively new kid on the block, but is becoming massively popular due to it's scientifically proven success in helping people live happy lives. It is essentially the study of human flourishing, and is intended to complement, not replace, traditional psychology.
I have found in my practice that using some of the tools and interventions that are employed within this exciting new field have really helped put the sparkle back into my clients' lives!
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Initial 45 minute consultation: Free
Counselling sessions: £40.00 (50 minutes)
Senior citizens and students: £25.00*
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
In order to provide maximum flexibility, I am able to offer evening and weekend appointments.