JM Filmalter (Os) - MSc (Counselling Psychology)

JM Filmalter (Os) - MSc (Counselling Psychology)

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About me

I believe that people can improve their quality of life. Provided with the right amount of support, encouragement and appropriate challenge change for the better is possible. This is true for clients who engage with the work and as a result become more mindful and selfaware.
My confidence is grounded in the evidence of improved wellbeing that I have witnessed in many clients over the past two decades. There is also a growing body of research evidence which confirms that long-term improvement in wellbeing is possible when people increase their self-awareness and self-understanding by learning to be more aware of how their thoughts relate to their feelings and vice versa.

I see clients in Poole and Wareham and offer a free half hour session where we can meet to consider what you might want to explore and how therapy might help. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange an appointment.

I offer a safe and secure conversational space where clients are able to relax and carefully, at their own pace, consider their challenges. If your challenge is personal and sensitive in nature then no one ever need to know that you have used professional help to resolve it. For others the process might be more about specific personal and professional development.

Some people use the conversational space in the first place to work out what might be limiting/upsetting them, others arrive already knowing their challenge and use the time to make a plan to resolve issues. Over time most clients do a combination of both.  

Whether we work together for shorter or longer term is something which is discussed and decided, as the therapeutic work develop and progress.

I have worked in therapeutic counselling and psychological coaching for more than 20 years. Since my MSc (Counselling Psychology) was completed at City University, London in 2002 my practice has included work with individuals, couples, families and teams.

Between 2003 and 2010 I was Clinical Director of a practice in Essex which specialised in services to families thus working with adults, adolescents and children. This provision also included an on-site school counselling service to primary and secondary schools.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc (Counselling Psychology) 2003 (City University, London, United Kingdom)

Post-Graduate Dilpoma in Psychology 1998 (Open University, London, United Kingdom)

I believe continued professional development is important and I keep up to date with developments and research by engaging in a number of professional and personal development activities which include reading relevant publications, as well as participating in workshops and seminars.

My practice is conducted within the ethical framework of the BACP, I hold appropriate insurance for my practice and I attend regular clinical supervision with a registered supervisor.

During my practice I have held memberships of a variety of different Professional Organisations depending on relevance to my positions or my personal interest in a particular field. These have included the following:

  • International Mind, Brain and Education Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Supervision and Psychological Coaching

I have worked with numerous clients on specific professional challenges. In some cases this consisted of work spanning several months, while in other cases three to five sessions were sufficient. Sessions usually are scheduled according to client need and can be a combination of face-to-face, telephone, email and/or Skype sessions.

Psychological Coaching clients have included middle managers new to their role or those who wanted to expand their interpersonal (management) repertoir, Entrepreneurs, Senior and Executive Managers in NHS, Prison Service, Social Care and Education.

Supervision clients have included social workers, teachers, counsellors/psychotherapists. These sessions are usually regular in frequency, however the contract does make provision for contact inbetween scheduled sessions if required. Sessions are usually scheduled on a 4 to 6 weekly cycle and can be a combination of face-to-face, telephone and/or Skype sessions. 

As Visiting Lecturer at City University, London I taught following MSc modules:

  • Mentoring, Coaching & Supervision
  • Organisations, Learning & Change
  • Group Dynamics & Facilitation styles.

The experience of facilitating and challenging the development of professionals, entrepreneurs, middle, senior and executive managers provided me with a priceless opportunity to develop and consolidate my own Supervision and Coaching practice grounded in the latest research and celebrated good practice.

Educational Coaching/Turoring

My teaching and learning practice has included permanent appointments across primary, secondary and tertiary settings. I have successfully helped children, adolescents and their families deal with the difficulties related to the developmental challenges of growing up as well as the challenges of literacy, numeracy and learning skills in general.

I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents in the SEND, ASD and EBD domains and their families.


My fees are £45 per session and concessions are available.

Further information

What to do next:

You can call or txt me on 07899844025 and we can talk about whether or how therapeutic counselling could help.

Whether you decide to come for an initial free half hour session, or to make a start with the first session, we can agree a time and date which is convenient to you.
My diary is deliberately flexible and if needs be I can usually see clients within 24 to 48 hours of the initial call.

Maps & Directions

Poole, BH14
Wareham, BH20

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekdays including early morning or late evening sessions. Weekend sessions by arrangement.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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