Jonathan Kilcourse MBACP (Accred) BA Hons
Welcome to my profile.
A little about me and the counselling services I provide. I am an experienced counsellor offering a professional, confidential and supportive service where your experiences will be respected and explored with a sincere interest and a commitment to help you through the difficulties you are currently experiencing.
I predominately practice as a Person Centred Counsellor offering a warm, accepting and non-judgemental attitude, particular aspects of the counselling relationship which foster trust, openness and insight, whilst creating an environment a person can come to understand themselves in more detail and depth.
An essential element of counselling is finding a therapist who you feel comfortable working with. The counselling process whilst being a supportive one, also focuses on the development of the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor, which in turn enables a person to interact with and explore the difficulties they are currently experiencing, or have experienced in the past without judgement.
At the same time counselling creates a space for the cultivation of different perspectives and meanings.
I work creatively and sensitively with the above process, encouraging a person to give expression to the whole of their lived experience, exploring both the implicit and explicit meaning within both the physical and narrative threads of the counselling process at a pace a person feels in control of.
Why choose counselling?
I believe that we all deserve to live meaningful and satisfying lives, and that we all have the capacity to do so. However, the pressures of life, a lingering low mood, mental wellbeing, a past or recent traumatic experience, death, old age or illness can generate difficult feelings, a sense of meaninglessness, disconnection or a general sense of dissatisfaction with life.
It's at these times that I can support you to make sense of your experiences, examine what you believe about yourself, your feelings, thoughts, attitudes and responses to others and the environment in which you live, delve beneath the masks of day to day existence.
Although the counselling process can effect change it does not presume, or place unrealistic expectations on a person to 'change' or to live their life feeling 'positive', approaches which can quite often feed into the naive and compliant expectations of systems, or the expectations of individuals, which a person may already be struggling to fit into, belong or meet.
The counselling process could be seen as carefully walking through the colourful space of emotions, thoughts and embodied experiences that exist in-between what might be labelled or judged as being, 'good or bad', 'positive or negative' or 'black and white'. Exploring the space in-between can provoke subtle changes, flexability and enable a person to respond to the complexities of their life with awareness, clarity and confidence.
I have specialist interests in; the challenges facing older aged adults, compassion focussed therapy, Buddhist psychology and spirituality.
My fee for an initial 50 minute consultation is £30. Subsequent sessions are £45.
I am happy to discuss concessions based on your personal circumstances, my aim is to agree on a fee which is sustainable for both parties.
I also provide supervision for counsellors and other therapists.
I provide daytime and evening appointments.
Please telephone, or send an email enquiry for further details or to have an informal chat to discuss your situation in more detail.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Experience.
I have over 16 years experience of providing counselling support to individuals and groups.
In addition to practicing privately I have spent over ten years counselling and supporting people, and supervising other counsellors, professionals and therapists within services such as; NHS Mental Health (IAPT), worked within Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services, developed Community Counselling Services for Adults, Children and Families, developed Bereavement Support Services, a Hospice Counselling Service and I currently work part-time for a specialist Older Adult Counselling and Psychology Service.
CFD (IAPT) Counsellor training, competence certificate Keele University 2012
Certificate in Ten Directions Ecotherapy approach, Tariki Trust France/UK 2011/12
BA Hons Degree in Applied Counselling Applications, Leeds Metropolitan University 2010
PGC (Msc level) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Bradford University 2008
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, Manchester College of Arts & Technology 2002
Certificate in Human Relations, Manchester College of Arts & Technology 2001
CFD (IAPT) Supervisor training, competence certificate Keele University 2013
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
My usual fee is £45 per 50 minute appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My practice hours are flexible, being close to major roads, bus and rail links to Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|