Jane Smith MBACP (Accred)
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I understand how difficult it can be to reach out to a counsellor for the first time, so please be assured I aim to meet everyone with warmth, friendliness and empathy. I have been qualified since 2004 and since that time have worked at Brighton University as a counsellor and most recently at a school in Kent as well as counselling privately. I offer one-to-one counselling in a private and confidential setting. Appointments can be flexible during the week. Counselling can be short-term, to manage a specific problem, or longer term open-ended work for those who wish to explore further and gain more insight. If you are feeling low, you have a specific issue or sense that something just does not feel right, counselling can provide a safe environment, where you can talk privately and in confidence.
I see people of all ages and from all types of background, suffering from all sorts of issues, including anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement and relationship issues.
I believe that counselling offers people the opportunity to talk about their feelings, to explore possible underlying causes to the difficulties that they are currently experiencing and helps foster any changes that people may wish to make. It is a process which aims to help you reach your own decisions and make your own choices in life. It is not about giving advice, making decisions for you or imposing opinions on you.
I trained to be a Counsellor once I had a family of my own, previously working in the TV and film industry. I worked in a Children and Family Centre for 6 years supporting families with all aspects of parenting.
I offer you a caring, empathic and non-judgemental environment in which together we can discuss any issue you may wish to bring and can help you to facilitate any changes that you may wish to make.
I am also a qualified Supervisor and can offer supervision to other counsellors.
I usually see people in Forest Row or Horley but at the moment all sessions take place over the phone or via Zoom. Please feel free to get in touch if there is any other information I can help you with.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Fully Accredited member of the BACP and UKRCP.
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
- Post Qualification Diploma in Supervision
- 16 years post qualification experience.
- Experience working with children for the Place2Be in Rochester, Kent and privately.
- 7 years experience working with young people at Heads Together, a youth counselling service in Redhill, Surrey.
- 4 years experience working at Brighton University.
- 16 years experience working with Adults.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual sessions - £45
Daytime and evening appointments available.