Amelia Jeans - MA, Adv Dip, MBACP, UKCP
As an existential psychotherapist, the focus is on relationships, what is flourishing, what is failing, what choices we are making - or avoiding. Sometimes it is easier to pretend than face the distress we are in, explore the causes and tackle our troubles.
Problems may be longstanding, or they may occur out of the blue because of a crisis, sometimes they are difficult to define - something just 'isn't right'. Whatever the cause, finding a way to express it to the right person will help.
One of the most valuable aspects of therapy is that we don't have to pretend; we are free to be ourselves, to explore the way we are living, the choices we are making and to face our disappointments and frustrations in a safe and non-judgemental environment. We have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of ourselves and the situations we are in, so that we have the possibility of making a positive difference to our lives.
No Techniques - a supportive conversation
I think of myself as a companion and facilitator in your exploration. There are no complicated techniques - just a conversation between two people that is honest and exploratory, as well as caring and respectful. Sometimes just hearing yourself say out loud the things you have been feeling can give you relief. I bring energy, warmth, sensitivity and frankness to my client relationships; together we can try to work towards a deep understanding of your experience, looking at your situation from different perspectives and new angles, so that you can reach some clarity and a chance to feel better.
I provide both long term therapy and short term therapy, sometimes you may need as little as six weeks to gain some insight and feel you are on the right track, sometimes many months; whatever you feel is right for you, you decide.
Individuals and Couples
As well as providing therapy for individuals, I also offer counselling for couples - if you feel that you would like some help in working out what is happening in your relationship and what to do to repair the partnership - then I can facilitate better communication between you without the blame that can hinder a resolution. Often just being able to understand each other's feelings rather than blame each other can help to deepen your relationship and mend any rupture.
I have gained my experience by training in - and working for - the NHS, latterly providing therapy in GP surgeries. My original background was in the corporate world, so I understand many of the pressures and expectations of the workplace as well as maintaining a balanced family life. I am also a lecturer in psychotherapy and counselling at Regent's University where I did my own training in existential psychotherapy
How to get started - the next steps.
The next step would be to email, text or telephone me (07855 554519) with any questions you might have, and to set up an initial appointment. The initial session is for us to discuss what brings you to therapy and what you would like to get out of the sessions, as well as any anxieties and questions you may have. There is no obligation to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University
- Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, Regent's University
- Certificate in Existential supervision and groups, The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Registered Member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Member of the Society for Exitential Analysis
I am bound by and adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework; I also commit to and maintain the UKCP's Ethical Principles & Code of Professional Conduct.
Though my approach to therapy is primarily existential-phenomenological, I also have training in CBT and integrative therapy, including psychodynamic and person-centred models, and I draw on these when I feel they may be helpful to my clients.
In addition to my private practice, I am a Lecturer at Regent's University. I have also worked at Edgware Community Hospital as an honorary psychotherapist for eight years and, more recently, I have been the lead clinician for three years, in GP surgeries, specialising in short term goal oriented therapy. I have also volunteered for various organisations.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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- £80 per fifty minute session - individuals.
- £90 per fifty minute session - couples.
- £70 per fifty session - supervision.
I also offer supervision to qualified and trainee psychotherapists and counsellors.
My fee for supervision is £70 for a 50 minute session.
My approach to therapy
My approach to therapy is called existential-phenomenological, which basically means it has its roots in philosophy, and has at its core an exploration, through our dialogue together, of how you are living your life right now; together we will focus on whatever emerges as important for you. Therapy is different with every client and grows into something unique as the relationship develops; it is this relationship, based on trust, which provides the right conditions for change. My intention, as a therapist is to be as present as possible in order to explore carefully the challenges my clients are living with.
As well as my existential training, I have also trained in CBT and integrative therapy, including psychodynamic and person-centred models, and I draw on these when I feel they may be helpful to my clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My hours for sessions are from 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a fully qualified supervisor on the UKCP register for the Constructivist and Existential College.