Jennifer Deacon MBACP Reg
07376 631 455
Who are you?
Hey there, I’m Jennifer - a BACP registered counsellor. That means that as well as being sure that I’ve the appropriate training and qualifications, you know that I’m a member of a professional body and take working to their standards and within their ethical framework very seriously.
Being honest with my clients is vital so I’ll say straight out that I make no promise to “fix” anyone and If you’re looking for a counsellor with all the answers then I’m not the counsellor for you. You might wonder what the point is then? Well there are decades of research into the benefits that counselling can bring and how it really can transform your life.
What can it help with?
Clients come with many issues – I’ve worked with anxiety, panic attacks, shame, guilt, depression, isolation, relationship breakdown, work problems, family illness, ill health, stress, bereavement, chronic pain, separation anxiety as well as with clients with formal diagnoses such as autism, bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder.
It might be that you don’t have a particular problem as such, and are looking to explore yourself further. Maybe there’s something niggling at you causing you unhappiness or maybe you’re a counselling student needing therapy as part of your course. Whatever has brought you to look at my page I’d be happy to discuss further
What sort of therapy and counselling do you offer:
My training is in person-centred counselling, which is about helping you find your own answers. It might sound cheesy and like something from a motivational poster but being able to explore your problems in a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship really can help!
I also offer therapy outside in the local Shropshire area. We’ve some amazing parks, woodlands and open spaces near by and ecotherapy can add another element to counselling giving you the opportunity to look at things in different ways. It also can be less stressful for some people that working indoors and depending on our initial discussions we can either do “walk and talk” therapy, or we can meet at a suitable place to sit and work in a more traditional counselling way – just outside!
What can I expect if I get in touch?
I’ve had counselling, I know choosing a counsellor can be scary! It’s really important that you choose the person you think you can work with best, so however you get in touch with me – by email, by phone or by text – I’ll try and answer any questions you might have. Usually I’ll have a phone call with you to find out more about you and what’s troubling you, as well as answering any other questions you might have. We’ll then arrange to meet face to face for an initial discussion and to talk through our counselling contract. We’ll discuss what you’re looking for from counselling, what might be appropriate and – if you decide to go ahead - we will agree when our sessions will be (usually at the same time and day each week) and whether a short term or long-term therapy plan might be appropriate. Whatever we agree we will have regular reviews and talk about how we both feel the sessions are going.
As for our sessions, we’ll have usually have up 50 minutes together each time. What we talk about will be up to you and sharing your problems will be at your own pace. I won’t push you and will offer a non-judgmental approach. Like I said earlier I’ve no quick fixes, and I’m not going to tell you what to do, but we will explore your issues and look at your experiences together in a therapeutic way.
Where do you work?
I work from central Shrewsbury with rooms as part of The Practice Shrewsbury, a suite of rooms based right in the centre of Shrewsbury, with parking nearby and easily accessible by bus or train. There’s a café on site so if you’re nervous about coming for the first time you can always bring a friend who can have a cuppa whilst we talk! I’ve also rooms available in Telford.
If you choose outdoor therapy there are more options of where to meet! Wherever it is I’ll meet with you at the agreed site and we can either walk an appropriate route during our time together, suitable for whatever level of fitness, or we can walk to an area where we are able to sit down and talk face to face.
I’ve other questions – can I get in touch?
Sure, it’d be great to hear from you. You can either call or text me, or email me using the link. If I’m with clients I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, and hopefully answer any other questions you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
My diploma is in Person-centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as having completed a number of other certificates in counselling skills. Currently, I am doing further training in ecotherapy and mindfulness.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
"Walk and Talk"
Nature based therapy
I'm based in central Shrewsbury and also have rooms available in Telford. If you're looking for outdoors work then we have plenty of options to choose from in the area, including the opportunity to work in a private woodland.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available daytime, evenings and Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|