Jenny Poirier Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor and EMDR Therapist

Jenny Poirier Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor and EMDR Therapist

Muswell Hill
North London

Mind In West Essex
10-11 Corner House
Bush Fair
CM18 6NZ

07976 209786

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Muswell Hill
North London

Mind In West Essex
10-11 Corner House
Bush Fair
CM18 6NZ

07976 209786

About me

I aim to establish a warm, collaborative, supportive, working relationship with you by helping you to explore what has brought you to counselling and how your earlier life experiences and relationships may have affected you in the present. We can work together on what you would like to achieve through counselling.

I specialise in helping people cope with illness, bereavement and trauma.

I am a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor and EMDR therapist and have worked as a counsellor since 1995; in the NHS,  voluntary sector  and since 2006, in general private practice. In addition to my private practice, I currently work for West Essex Mind Talking Therapies Service and for The Lullaby Trust.

To see an article about my bereavement counselling work please see this article written through my work at Mind in West Essex. Just highlight the link and copy and paste.

In January there can be a lot of pressure to make new year's resolutions and make changes in our lives such as cut down on drinking, lose weight, get a new job etc. We may want a fresh start and be disappointed when it is hard to make these changes. We often find these resolutions are hard to sustain. Why? Often the old habits are there as a way of coping with something and if we don't acknowledge the underlying issues it can be hard to change and we slip back into our old habits. Counselling can help you discover why old unhealthy habits have built up and help you find more helpful behaviours, in order to make the changes you want.

If there is something you'd like to change in your life, get in touch and arrange an introductory appointment to talk things over.

I work with adult individuals and am comfortable working with diversity in my practice.

I offer daytime and evening appointments, subject to availability.

You can park on the drive outside my Muswell Hill practice but I can also be reached from Bounds Green Tube via buses 102 and 299 or from Highgate Tube via buses 134 and 43.

Please note that my work in Harlow is through Mind in West Essex Private Counselling Service. See

Training, qualifications & experience

1996 Diploma in Counselling, CSCT, Hackney, London

1999 Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training, Centre for Stress Management,    Hayes Grove Priory Hospital, Bromley, Kent

2005  Gained BACP Accreditation

2010-2015 EMDR theory and practice parts 1-4

I am a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor which means I am accountable to the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I am an experienced, integrative counsellor, which means I don't follow solely one school of counselling but am informed by a range of theories including Person-Centred, Attachment Based Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my work. I adapt the way I work and the techniques I use to each client’s individual needs because no two people are the same.

I have also completed my training in EMDR therapy.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective in treating trauma, and is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Practitioners are also finding it effective in the treatment of other anxiety related problems.

People come to see me about many different issues but I have considerable experience and interest in working with people affected by cancer and other illnesses and also bereavement.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic illness

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Muswell Hill
My fee for sessions (both ongoing and assessment sessions) is £50 daytime and £60 evenings per one hour appointment. I will consider reducing my fee in some circumstances, so do please ask about this if you are on a low income. Payment is made by cash or cheque at the end of each session. I am also willing to be paid via your insurance company.

Harlow Mind in West Essex
Please see Mind in West Essex's website for current fees.
Payment is made in advance of a booked session

Further information

I offer all prospective clients an assessment session (the same fee is charged as for an ongoing session).This provides both of us with the opportunity of deciding if we wish to work together. I will ask you about what has brought you to counselling and a little about your formative history and what you are hoping to get out of coming for counselling. We will also talk about practical matters such as fees, endings and any breaks in the counselling schedule such as holidays.

You can then decide on booking further sessions.

The number of sessions needed depends on what you are bringing to counselling. Some people find that a few sessions are enough while others may prefer to look at things in more depth or have on going support and have longer term counselling.

I treat all information disclosed to me as confidential unless I feel a client is either a danger to themselves or others, when I may be obliged to inform an outside agency, eg. a GP, but would try, whenever possible, to discuss this with you first.

During ongoing sessions I may use different techniques depending on your concerns eg. If you feel very anxious, I will work on making you feel relaxed and may give you relaxation exercises to continue at home. I will work with you respectfully and collaboratively so won't just sit there in silence.

Published Articles:

How can EMDR therapy help with bereavement?

Maps & Directions

Muswell Hill, N10
Harlow, CM18 6NZ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Muswell Hill: Mon, Weds &Thurs subject to availability. 07976 209786 for Muswell Hill. Harlow:Thurs 10am-2pm only. Please contact Mind in West Essex on 01371 876641 to book me in Harlow.

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