Jennifer Hope-Spencer UKCP Reg., Reg.BACP, PGC Supervision, BUPA reg.
01202 430687 / 07990 078177
Arriving for your first counselling session can leave you feeling nervous - try not to be. We work together on the issues you bring to counselling so that it is an equal relationship. Although I cannot be your friend, we form a relationship over time that involves trust, respect and confidentiality. Counselling and psychotherapy are about personal growth and understanding of how you've got to be where you are in life, and how you feel about relationships. Change is often difficult because it can involve loss. Sometimes the loss needs to be grieved for, at other times, self-confidence, self-belief and a 'can do' attitude are important to develop.
Develop an 'and if' approach to life, one where there is always a solution to a problem - you just have to find it. That's where counselling and psychotherapy can help you find options to life challenges.
I am an Integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor and supervisor, working with individuals, students in training, and couples. I offer a warm and comfortable space for clients and work with counselling with current life problems and longer term psychotherapy.
My broad base of experience spans 20 years working as a counsellor in Surgeries and Medical Centres, with Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) and in private practice.
My core Integrative approach includes:
Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Brief Therapy Person-Centred and CBT/Mindfulness.
Students, individuals and couples are welcome to meet with me for a FREE half-hour appointment to see if you feel comfortable with me and for me to hear why you want counselling or psychotherapy. If we decide to work together an appointment is made at a mutually convenient time.
Anxiety and depression affect relationships with loved ones, friends and work colleagues. Very often, anxiety begins in childhood which becomes pronounced in adult life. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you understand the root cause of your anxieties which often accompany depression, a word that describes anger and sadness. Counselling can help you contact anger and sadness so that you can let it go, freeing yourself for the future and improve the quality of your relationships.
Specific types of anxiety include General Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphia (a distorted body image), Panic Attacks and Social Anxiety. Eating Disorders are usually linked to all types of anxieties. Counselling and psychotherapy can help build self-esteem, self-confidence, self-image, self-identity and self belief so that anxieties can be let go and depression lifted, encouraging confidence to build and expand your social life and relationships.
Fees: Individuals: £45.00per hour (£40 for those on Benefits); Couples: £50.00per hour.
My counselling skills are reflected with supervision:
SUPERVISION: INTEGRATIVE, models as above. Sessions: £40 per hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Diploma in Counselling
2nd Year MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy
PGC Counselling Supervision (Distinction)
EDDAS (East Dorset Drug and Alcohol Advisory Service)
Couples Counselling Certificate, Basingstoke Counselling Service
I have worked in the NHS for many years as a general counsellor, currently with Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP Schemes) and in private practice.
Sessions are 1 hour and payment can be made at the beginning of each session, or in advance.
I welcome enquiries: please call between 9am and 6pm and leave a message if I don't pick up your call and I will get back to you.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- 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)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fees are £45.00 per hour for individuals and £50.00 per hour for couples (no concessions).
My work as a supervisor is Integrative and I accept students and qualified practitioners.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 10am - 5.30pm Saturday 10am - 1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified supervisor and offer face-to-face supervision to students, counsellors and psychotherapists, spanning fourteen years.View supervision profile