Amelia Jeans - MBACP, UKCP Psychotherapist & Supervisor
Avenue Mansions, Finchley Road
People from all walks of life come to see me for many different reasons, ranging from dealing with a crisis to a need to talk and be heard. As a highly qualified, experienced UKCP registered therapist with eleven years practice in the NHS, I can provide the space to untangle some of your uncertainty and distress.
It takes courage to reach out for help but sometimes it can be the best way forward. Finding the right person to be a companion on your journey of self discovery, to express your hurt and difficult feelings to can be a relief.
I have gained my experience by training in - and working for - the NHS for 11 years, latterly providing short term goal-oriented therapy in GP surgeries. My original background was as an employee in the corporate world, so I understand many of the pressures and expectations of the workplace as well as maintaining a family life.
Before you begin, you may have many questions about what therapy and counselling are like and how they can help. Read on to find a little information about the therapy and counselling I offer.
Psychotherapy or counselling (often used interchangeably) is a chance for you to explore and be heard, to be truly yourself, without fear of judgement.
At times, our emotions can become overwhelming, particularly feelings of anxiety and/or sadness. Frequently, these get diagnosed into 'generalised anxiety disorder', 'depression', or some other label, without giving you a chance to talk about the situations that led up to these feelings, their impact on you and the possibilities of feeling better in the future.
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.
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 and clarity. I bring energy, warmth, sensitivity and frankness to my client relationships; together we can try to work towards a deep understanding of your experience and look at the situation from different perspectives and new angles.
I provide both long term therapy and short term therapy. 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.
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.
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
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- £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 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a fully qualified supervisor on the UKCP register for the Constructivist and Existential College.