Janet Joosten ~ CBT therapist, Existential therapist, Integrative counsellor
HI, I'm Janet, I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor.
I use an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, this derives from my academic training and my own world view. I have studied other traditional psychoanalytic theories, but always return to what I feel is right.
I do not judge what is right for my client nor do I take responsibility. At the same time I see that I have a responsibility to my client, and firmly believe that if a client is treated with warmth and respect, that person will value him or herself and become confident, and therefore more able to function effectively. Underlying strength will begin to re-assert itself in useful positive choices allowing the client to be able to find inner strength and establish themselves in the world once again.
From an existential perspective, I focus on freedom of choice in shaping the client’s life. I explore by means of clarification and description the meaning of life and existence. I find it more important to ask how or what the client is experiencing as opposed to why questions. I contrast to this I intend to integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which I believe to be an extremely important development for the extension of existential thought and practice.
What to expect:
I believe that clients are unique individuals with their own particular strengths and possibilities. I never impose my values, opinions and expectations onto my clients. I view myself and others as a unique individual, and because of that understanding I have come to see others for what they are. That is a unique individual with their own world view, hierarchies and belief systems. I try to be informed about the historical background, traditions and values of my client. In areas where I feel that I am lacking in certain knowledge I will seek resources to assist me in this and I regularly monitor my functioning through supervision.
I know that I relate well to people at all levels of society. My practice is varied and my clients are multi-cultural. This adds a huge amount of interest and challenge. I felt the best way to work multi-culturally and to ensure the incorporation of non-discriminatory into my practice would be to work within the code of ethics of all counsellors according to the ukcp anti-discriminatory practice.
In addition to this my understanding of the dynamics of oppression, racism, discrimination and stereotyping enabled me to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This also includes people form different age groups, sexual orientation, physical and learning abilities and social-economic status.
What I offer:
- Existential Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Pet Bereavement Counseling
- Solutions Focused Brief Therapy ( SFBT)
- Integrative Counselling
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- CBT Coaching
If you would like to find out more about any of the above therapies that I can help with, please do get in touch with any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Psych
- Dip. Psych
- Post Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents College London);
- Adv.Dip. Existential Psychotherapy (Regents College London);
- PgD Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Member SEA ( Society for Existential Analysis).
- Diploma Person centred couples counselling.
I work within the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) I am closely bound, and accountable to the codes of ethics and practice. Copies an be obtained on request. I undertake regular supervision for my work subject to the code of ethics. I am also a professional member of the Society for Existential Analysis.
Training courses attended over the last few years:
- Pgd Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Certificate in counselling skills at London Guildhall University.
- Attachment and Loss (Bowlby).
- Counselling following rape and sexual abuse
- On-going training with Rape Crisis.
- Counselling adult survivors of abuse. (Rape Crisis).
- Conducting assessment interviews. In house training (MIND).
- Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training.
- Centre for Stress Management.
- Solution focused therapy.
- Building clients self esteem.
- Effective Group Work.
- Brief Anger Management.
- Skills for Managing Self Harm.
Personal and Professional Development as a Therapist:
- An adult private practice working from home.
- 10 years of personal Psychoanalytic Development.
- Experience working with young people aged 12- 16 within the school setting.
- Experience working with young people aged 16-25 for the Youth Information Service.
- Worked for a number of EAP companies.
- Experienced with CORE.
- Worked as a CBT/Coach for Volkswagen in Milton Keynes.
A BA Honours degree in Psychology was followed by a seven year training as a women centred counsellor working with women survivors of rape sexual assault and sexual abuse. In 2001 I decided to embark on a professional training at Regent's College in London. reading Integrative Psychotherapy at postgraduate/MA level graduating in 2004. A year later I trained as an Existential psychotherapist at Regent's College graduating in 2007. I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at PgD level and a couples counsellor in training. My first three years as a counsellor were spent working with women survivors of domestic violence. In addition to this I worked within the prison setting as a prison counsellor. During the two years of my Advanced Diploma I worked for MIND. The work was varied and included working with client's with mental health issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement, male and female domestic violence and sexual abuse. I have worked with men and women who were experiencing infertility problems at a private clinic. I have also worked as a school counsellor with young people aged 13-16 and young people aged 16-25 in the community. I also work as a counsellor for a number of organizations providing work place counselling and have a private practice in Soulbury, leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pet bereavement counseling - there has been an increased recognition of the importance that animals have in the lives of of people. I would like to highlight the deep bond between humans and their animals and the profound impact of loving and caring for them. pets provide us with companionship, protection, entertainment, exercise, social contact and the love of the great outdoors. When a pet is gone, the owner experiences a deep sense of loss and grief.
Grieving for a pet can be similar to mourning the loss of a family member. Some owners experience feelings of deep loneliness and isolation. These emotions are perfectly normal. Our pets are often seen as part of the family. So, when it comes to saying goodbye it can be an extremely tough and emotional time. Saying goodbye can be the hardest decision ever made by pet owners.
Some people may not understand the intense feelings of sadness you may feel after losing a pet, but please remember there are people out there who understand. As a pet counselor I can offer you a space to share pain and suffering you are experiencing after the loss of your pet.
Panic attacks - the best way to describe a panic attack is an intense short period of anxiety without any obvious explanation such as an external threat or medical reason. Panic attack symptoms can include breathlessness, faintness, nausea, chest pains, irregular heart beat, and feeling terrified. They are not life threatening but often the first time you experience one you think you are about to die or that you are experiencing a heart attack. The main trigger in panic attacks is often the fear that you are going to have a panic attacks. CBT offers ways of identifying the thinking patterns that are reinforcing this belief and causing you to panic. I will assist you in retraining yourself to cope with the irrational fear of panicking, so that you can begin to take control of the situation and enable you to increase your ability to cope with panic attacks if they happen and more importantly lessen your fears of them.
Emotional care - recovering from surgery, its normal to feel sad, angry and helpless.
My main aim to make therapy accessible to all, I am passionate about working with those who are experiencing life transitions associated with becoming older. I am also passionate about working with people at the end of their lives or who are terminally ill.
I consider it vital that I maintain an open mind to the presence of gender, racial, cultural and socio-economic diversity and to be aware of unintentional bias that could greatly influence the counselling process.
- Sessions are £50 and last for 50 minutes.
Sessions are held a regular time slot each week. Weekly attendance is important for the therapy progress. Missed and cancelled sessions are payable in full if less than 48 hours notice has been given by email or text. Payment is taken at the end of each session by cash or bank transfer in advance.
- BUPA Insured and Reg.
- Webcam availability
Concessions offered for
My integrative/existential training has provided the background I needed for my own personal growth and self development. I am more self accepting, self aware, genuine, authentic and confident to be myself. I also integrate aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solutions Focused applications.
Soulbury ( near Leighton Buzzard): a quiet back drop for therapy in a small Buckinghamshire village approx 18-20 min drive from MK town centre.
My Consulting Address in Soulbury is in easy reach of Stoke Hammond, Bragenham, Stewkley, Linslade, Great Brickhill, Stockgrove, Leighton Buzzard, Wing, Heath and Reach, Drayton Parslow, Leedon, Ledburn, Cublington, Dunton, Clipstone, Grove, Mursley, Little Billington, Fenny Stratford
Nearest Train Stations.
Fenny Stratford (4 miles)
Leighton Buzzard (4 miles)
Bletchley (4.3 miles)
Bow Brickhill (4.9 miles)
Cheddington (5.7 miles)
Woburn Sands (6.4 miles)
Aspley Guise (7 miles)
Milton Keynes Central (7.4 miles)
Ridgmont (8.3 miles)
Aylesbury Vale Parkway (9.1 miles)