Jess Harrison Registered Member BACP Dip Couns.
Relationship issues, lonely, anxious and overwhelmed, struggling in general or because of specific events? Sometimes friends and family are unable to support you in the way you need. I have practises in Exeter,Taunton and Sidmouth where I offer professional, confidential, non-judgemental counselling.
I use an integrated approach which means I draw on a range of skills and theories to adapt counselling to your individual needs. I am passionate about the work I do because I know it helps you on the path back to being yourself.
There is nothing too big or too small to bring to counselling but I understand looking for a counsellor can be a daunting thought .For some, life may have been difficult for a great while and an impartial, professional listener can be a welcome step to change. It takes courage to make that first step so it is important that you find someone who you can trust. To this end I offer an initial, no obligation meeting for us to explore your hopes or fears about counselling. Together we can discuss how I could work with you to get what you need.
You may feel stuck, have family issues, be battling depression, anxiety or just know that life could be better. Counselling helps make sense of the difficulties you are having. I am trained to work in varied techniques and whilst I won’t offer you advice I will work alongside you to make decisions and find an understanding of situations and yourself.
My work in schools and with children and young people has informed my practise where relationships, both professionally and in the home, can become complex. Changes in life and relationships, illness, abuse, eating disorder, anger and stress are just some of the issues I have experience in. I can offer long, medium or short-term work to help you with your issues.
As a humanistic practitioner I never underestimate the capacity for growth; whether it is support in gaining new perspectives, changing behaviours or thoughts, or building self esteem and positive self image; our counselling relationship can help you to explore in a professional, safe and confidential setting .
My job is to facilitate your exploration and understanding to enable you to make the change you want to achieve.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of BACP
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills
ADVA: Tackling domestic abuse & violence
SAL: Sexual abuse and related issues
Safeguarding children (level 3)
Working with Eating Disorders.
Working with Relational Trauma
Understanding and Working with Trauma ( PTSD)
Working with people who Self injure
Dealing with affairs
Couples and conflict
Meetings Partners' needs.
I am continually updating my skills and knowledge with varied training and workshops.
My work in the charitable sector includes the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter and the Quiet Mind centre in Exmouth.
My work in education and early years' settings informs my practise, I currently counsel 7-18 year olds in a school. I have developed both structured and creative ways of working including goal setting tasks, role play, art, diagrams and relaxation techniques .
I have studied both beauty therapy and homoeopathy which has fostered a holistic overview of the human condition as well as the complexities around building and maintaining a concept and image of the self.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
£40 per session
Initial session: first 30 minutes free
Children & Young People £30 per session or as negotiated.
Please ask about home visits for children.
Skype counselling available.
Student counsellors, carers and supporters of others, at home or professionally, need support too. If this is you, or if you are a student, do get in touch.
I offer limited concessions, so if finance is stopping you accessing counselling do just ask.
I am Member of SWEC (counsellors in education)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have weekday and evening practises in Exeter,Taunton and Sidmouth.
Types of client