Jonathan Estwick MBACP
Thank you for clicking on my profile, my name is Jonathan and I am a BACP registered Person Centred counsellor. I am experienced in helping clients overcome times of despair and complex emotions.
I understand that coming to counselling and sharing your feelings and thoughts with a stranger can be hard. This is why I believe that building a relationship and taking the time to develop trust between us is most important.
The counselling session is time to focus on you, and to give you a safe confidential space to explore your emotions and thoughts at your own pace. I will be with you, helping you to understand what is happening, and how you can move forward.
How I Work
Primarily I offer a confidential space for you to be heard. It is ok if you do not feel like talking right away as often it may take time for trust to build between us.
I build relationships through working at your pace and not telling you what to do or how you should be. You will get to know me as being a reflective and caring person and my aim is always to listen and understand your experiences from your words.
I am not here to judge you but to understand your experiences and what brought you to counselling. I consider myself to be someone of support who can help explore what is not going well and discover how and what you wish to change. I work within the BACP ethical framework at all times.
What To Expect
However you choose to contact me, I will then call you on the phone at a time which is convenient for you to discuss what you would like from counselling and explain more about the counselling process. Once we have agreed on a time, we will meet at the same time every week and discuss what is going on for you. We will have 50 minutes together each week for you to share what is important for you in your life.
I believe in allowing you to determine the content of the session. Counselling can be hard and a lot of feelings may come up which we may find hard to express or feel and there may be times when it can be uplifting and rewarding. No matter your experience of counselling, you will not be alone.
Is Counselling Right For You?
You may need to see a counsellor for various reasons. You may find that you are overwhelmed by particular feelings or feeling stuck and in need of relief or insight. It can help talking to somebody who is somewhat removed from your personal life to enable you to explore things from another perspective and go into depth should you wish to.
Whatever your reason is, together we can explore these reasons in the initial phone call and discuss how counselling will be able to help.
Why Choose Me
I may appear as somebody you would like to work with for a variety of reasons and may seem relatable to what you may be going through.
You may wish to have a relationship where you are given time and space to think. You may not want to be told what to do and want to have your thoughts and feelings valued. You may want to be acknowledged and be at the centre of a relationship. You may want to feel listened to and your feelings understood rather than dismissed. You may also want time to think and reflect on what is going on for you. Maybe difficult feelings are hard to share and you may want to feel safe before expressing them.
Maybe sometimes you don't want to have sessions focused on what is going wrong but actually what is going right. Maybe you want somebody to understand. If you should want any of these things, I am the man for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, with Distinction and I am currently a registered member with the BACP.
In addition to my private practice I continue to volunteer for adult community based counselling services in South London. I have worked with all age groups having also volunteered as a counsellor in both primary and secondary schools.
I have supported people going through various issues including:-
- Physical, sexual and emotional Abuse
- Low self esteem
- Childhood trauma
- Relationship Difficulties
- Loss, bereavement and life changes
- Low self confidence
I regularly undertake further training to improve my therapeutic practice and understanding of different groups of people especially young adults. These include
- Safeguarding Children across Culture and Faith
- Understanding Suicide and Suicide prevention
- Working Therapeutically with Anger
- Expression and release of anger
- Working with perinatal depression using the person centred approach
- Working creatively with Young People and children who have been sexually abused
- Attachment theory & Self-awareness in the counsellor
- Working with Young People who Self Harm
- Working with Developmental Trauma in young people
- Autism awareness
- Children’s emotional well-being
- Child Safeguarding Level 3
Though I have experience working with various issues, I constantly aim to improve my working practice with continuous professional development through specific workshops or literature. I am also supervised which means another counsellor will meet with me regularly to review my relationships with clients and improve my ability as a counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
The first step will be for me to call you to discuss aspects of our counselling sessions together and explore what you may want from counselling. This consultation is free.
I offer a fee of £50 per face to face session each week or you can pay for six at a discounted rate of £250 for six sessions.*
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