Jen Popkin MBACP, Snr Accred Counsellor, EMDR Trauma therapist, Life/Work Coach

Jen Popkin MBACP, Snr Accred Counsellor, EMDR Trauma therapist, Life/Work Coach

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St Leonards On Sea
East Sussex

01424 428470 / 07950 808463

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About me

What Drew me to Counselling?

Hello there! I have always been interested in how people learn and grow and I feel privileged to accompany clients on part of their journey. I have been described as practical, reliable, truthful and caring. The counselling experience can be challenging but also very satisfying, so why not see how we could work together?


ANXIOUS AND FEARING the Future? Want to manage your ANGER? PAIN of the Past? TIRED of  waiting for an NHS referral? TRYING to change your life and body? NEED HELP SOON?

Support for :- anxiety issues, feelings of shame, guilt and vulnerability, obsessive love, weight control and body image for women and men, money and emotions, learning to be 'retired,' depression and low self esteem, lack of confidence, phobias, performance enhancement; relationship issues; obsessive  love; personal injury claims, pain management, trauma support;  work related stress, for individuals, managers and teams; couples issues; jealousy; anger management; bereavement; adults abused as children; eating disorders; alcohol abuse and other habit difficulties;  physical problems such as IBS and discovering what you want from life! I work both in my own practice and for various organisations in the mental health, alcohol/substance abuse and employment fields.


ARE YOU A MANAGER OR WORK IN HR? Is attendance management or staff retention a problem? I offer work related Mediation, Refelctive Practice support, Coaching and Counselling for teams and individuals. This service can be provided on site, by telephone or by Skype.

I offer both long term and short term counselling, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Trauma Focused CBT. Each session last up to an hour, or one and a half hours for EMDR.

NEW  Are you a 'Baby Boomer' (born in the nineteen forties to sixties) and considering what to do next in your life? Did you know that one in twelve people aged over 70 are still working, mainly part time? Do you feel that 'retirement' is an outdated concept? I offer life coaching specifically for anyone who is at this point, whether you are coming to the end of your working life, contemplating changing career or starting a business. The sessions are not about financial advice or pensions; rather the aim is to help you to make choices that feel right for you and at your pace. 5-10 sessions of coaching spread over 10 weeks could make a difference.

What can you Expect?

Expect to have a meeting where the focus is on what you need to discuss and explore. Although it's sometimes hard to believe, the answers to many of our problems are within ourselves; sometimes it just needs a skilled person to help you find the key to that locked door. What I do offer therefore, is a confidential space where you can be listened to and where we can look at possible ways through those problems. I believe people have the answers to their own problems and it is a privilege for me to be invited to work with you!

Where can we Meet?

Therapy can take place either face to face at my practice, in your work place, by telephone or  by Skype (which means that many clients are at some distance, including abroad, but still have the convenience of meeting for a session.)

When can we Meet?

Times are flexible, and some week ends are possible.

What could you take away with you?

If you are willing to work on yourself then expect to take practical coping strategies that you can  USE STRAIGHT AWAY.

What People Say about the Experience

'I had been suicidal. Counselling with you helped me to get through that time'

'Losing weight has been easy!'

'Jen - I think I am doing really well now, thanks to your help.'

'I am using the strategies I learnt and am coping without any more therapy'

'I was going through a really tough time when my partner died. I though I could cope on my own but I found it was too much - I'm so glad I chose to have some counselling at that  point.'

'I'm learning to love myself again!'

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Senior Accredited and Registered Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am also an Accredited Practitioner with the EMDR Association

       *Certificate in The Rewind Technique  for trauma 2015 and Accredited Trainer for Rewind Technique

        *EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) Accredited Practitioner 2014

  • Diploma in Community Mental Health and Psychiatry - including abuse and trauma, 2009-2010, Open Learning College, Level 4 NCFE validated
  • First Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique 2007, Gary Craig course
  • 60 hours of trauma support work for staff involved with the London bombings July to October 2005
  • Diploma in Life Coaching, Newcastle College 2004-2005 90 hours course
  • Certificate in Mediation 2004 Mediation UK
  • Diploma in Business Performance Coaching, Newcastle College 2000-2001, 120 hours course
  • Group process training, one year course, 2001 (CPPD)
  • Post Grad. Cert in Organisational Consultancy and System
    2000 (CPPD)
  • Diploma in Supervision and Consultancy 1998 Development with Centre for Personal and Professional Development CPPD
    Further supervsion training 4 days with Cascade and one day in Solution Focused training for supervisors 1998
  • Cert in Person Centred Art Therapy 1997 Crawley College validated
  • Training course in Couples Counselling - Couples Counselling Network 3 mths course 1997
  • 5 Day training in Adults abused as Children 1996 with the NSPCC
  • MSc in Counselling Goldsmiths' College, London University 1993-1995
  • Advanced Cert. in Counselling Centre for Stress Management , one year course, 1993
  • M A in Education 1984-6 Sussex University
    Trainer's Certificate in Counselling 1994, Central School for Counselling Therapy, Associated Examining Board validated
    Certificate in the Dynamic Psychology of Counselling 1985, Lincoln Clinic and Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy 1979-1981 Blythe College

I continue my professional development with a range of courses and conferences in such areas as trauma, mediation, and supporting employees in distress.

Companies using my services include: personal injury claims insurers, the NHS, a well known telecommunications company, East Sussex County Council, the BBC, charities, housing associations, insurance companies, solicitors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Employee relationship difficulties

Emotional Freedom Technique

Traumatic experiences ranging from childhood abuse issues to workplace difficulties (including dismissal, redundancy, team development and retirement decisions)


Weight Problems

Self Esteem Issues


Fees are payable on a sessional basis, by cash or cheque.

£40 per session with individuals

£50  with couples

£70  EMDR

£ 40 - £ 80 (latter being a two hour session) coaching

Personal injury claims through insurers: Price on application

For companies; Workplace mediation, coaching or counselling for individual staff, critical incident trauma support: price on application

Further information

How Might You Benefit ?

Anxious? Phobic? Depressed? Relationship problems?

Many people are at a cross roads in their lives where confidence and self esteem are low and I offer help with the decisions you might need to make. I can offer counselling, CBT, EMDR and life coaching.

Mental health problems are one of the most common difficulties that people face today. This can affect well being, not only psychologically, but also physically, which can worsen existing physical problems. A well known saying is: 'If you do what you always do, then you get what you always get!' In other words, when you are willing to make changes in your life, then it is likely that you will feel better in yourself through taking control. There's another saying: 'The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.' So, make a decision NOW and tap into the support I can offer you!

Employers - How Might You Benefit Your Organisation?

As a caring organisation with your focus on helping your staff to perform at their best, support can be very beneficial for your business. This can take the form of individual Brief Solution Focused counselling, or single session group support  for traumatic incidents. I  also offer Reflective Practice sessions which are on an ongoing basis for staff who are dealing with the public, the aim being  to help employees perform at their best under pressure.

Maps & Directions

St Leonards On Sea, TN38

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


weekdays 9.00 - 7p.m. week-ends by arrangement

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

PEER SUPERVISION through Skype or face to face.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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