Amelia Jeans - MBACP, UKCP Psychotherapist & Supervisor
A highly qualified UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, I have gained my experience by training in, and working for the NHS, latterly providing short term goal oriented therapy in GP surgeries. I am also a lecturer at Regent's University.
People from all walks of life come to see me for many differrent reasons; you may be in crisis or you may simply wish to explore some aspect of your experience more deeply. Either way, it is a positive and courageous decision to make. Before you begin you may have many questions about what therapy and counselling are like and how they can help. Below you will find a little information about the therapy and counselling I offer.
Therapy is a chance to explore, reflect and be heard
Psychotherapy or counselling (often used interchangeably) with me is a chance for you to explore and be heard, to be truly yourself, without fear of judgement. At times, emotions can become overwhelming, particularly feelings of anxiety and/or sadness. Frequently, these get diagnosed into 'generalised anxiety disorder' or '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. Therapy can be a safe space where instead of suppressing emotions, they are acknowledged and listened to so that life can regain meaning and purpose.
I think of myself as a companion and facilitator in your exploration, not an expert on your life. 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 bring energy, warmth, sensitivity and frankness to my client relationships and provide a supportive and non-judgemental environment; sometimes just hearing yourself say out loud the things you have been feeling can bring relief and clarity.
I provide both long term therapy and short term therapy.
Short Term Goal Oriented Therapy
If you feel you do not have the time or the resources to commit to open ended therapy, or there is some problem that you need to focus on, then goal oriented short term therapy might be for you.
Typically, I offer of a total of ten sessions consisting of one initial appointment, seven consecutive weekly sessions of therapy and two follow up sessions, at three months and six months subsequent to the end of theapy. This has the effect of making the short term therapy work like longer term therapy, except that you will be continuing the work on your own between the three month and six month follow ups. At the follow ups we can determine what is going well and what might remain problematic with the aim of finding a way through.
Goals are determined by you, they emerge as a result of our exploration of what is currently troubling you and what you want to get out of therapy. (Goals can be modified or removed as the work progresses).
Every person's goals are unique to them, for example, in dealing with depression, one person may want to improve their interpersonal relationships, another, develop strategies for being more active, and yet another, come to terms with childhood events. One size does not fit all.
The goals serve as a reminder of what your desired outcome for therapy is, they are not used as a sole focus of every therapy session. By the end of therapy, the aim is for you to have more understanding of and be more equipped to face and deal with whatever struggles brought you to therapy.
Long Term Therapy
If you are looking for a more open ended commitment to therapy, one where the pace of self-discovery is more relaxed, then long term therapy might be your preferred choice. Maybe you just need a space to be yourself, to be able to tell your story, to be listened to and understood without any expectations from others. The opportunity to reflect, to heal the hurt and to decide what you need for yourself and from others.
This type of therapy can last for weeks, months, or even years; you can decide what feels right for you.
I also offer counselling to couples, either short term or long term. 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 or potentially to separate, then I can facilitate better communication between you, without the blame that can hinder a resolution.
Therapy can be challenging
Whether short term or long term, the principle of exploring the choices we make in our lives, the meanings we ascribe to aspects of our world, remains the same. Together we can look at your personal value systems and how your feelings are giving you signals that you might be ignoring something important. Therapy is an opportunity to explore how you relate to the people in your life and to the experiences you have; a space in which to reflect upon the decisions you are making and the possibilities which may lie ahead.
Therapy is an opportunity to grow
We all have parts of ourselves that we would rather not know or that we try to ignore. This can be for any number of reasons, but ironically, it is often these parts that we most need to come to terms with if we want to grow and develop. In therapy you may come to accept the whole person that you are, not just the person that is keen to please or frightened to offend others. Together we will make use of the dynamics between us in our relationship to explore how you are experienced by others and this feedback can be a powerful tool for self development. Therapy is a collaborative process and, crucially, the more you put into your therapy, the more you will get out of it and benefit from this unique investment in yourself.
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.
How to get started - the next steps.
The next step would be to email, text or telephone me 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. It will give us a chance to see whether it feels right for us to work together and whether you would like to embark on therapy with me as your therapist.
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.
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.