Bev Jackson MBACP
Sometimes life can seem overwhelming or difficult to cope with. There may be a specific event which has triggered something or an ongoing sense of unease; difficulty with relationships; sadness; anger or a whole host of other things. I offer a supportive, non judgemental environment where we can explore life in a safe and effective way that can enable a new perspective on past and current issues and develop tools to cope with future life. I believe that growth comes within a safe, trusting relationship and I personalise my approach based on the needs of each client; I draw from my knowledge of person-centred counselling; CBT and the more experiential approach of Gestalt.
Most people approach a counsellor as a result of wanting or believing they need to change something in their life. I believe that part of my role is to support my clients to find a way to “...create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.” I acknowledge that it can be difficult to ask for support; but I also believe that it can be just as challenging to live with anxiety, particularly when we feel overwhelmed by it.
I came into counselling after experiencing the transformational potential of personal therapy. Learning to look after myself in a safe, warm, non judgemental manner brought me a sense of freedom and belonging that I wanted to enable others to be able to access.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with my Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in October 2013 from the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As a fully insured individual member of the BACP (you will find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), I abide by the BACP ethical framework. The BACP Register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care to provide extra assurance for clients; for more information about the BACP register please visit http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/.
I have also attended the following further training:
Working at Relational Depth workshop with Mick Cooper
An Introduction to Sexual Abuse and Related issues
ADVA level one, training on Domestic Violence.
Ritual Abuse workshop
Eating Disorders presentation
Raising Awareness of Domestic and Sexual Abuse within Ethnic Minority Communities
Living and Working with Dissociation
Eating Disorders Day Long Training
Suicide Awareness presentation
Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Depression
Mindfulness for peak experience
Sex and Intimacy after Sexual Abuse
Treating Intrusive Thoughts; The inner critical voice.
Alongside my private practice, I worked as a volunteer school counsellor at a local secondary school for two and a half years; offering support for 11-14 year olds one day a week. I also volunteer as a listener on a local helpline, offering support to people who have suffered sexual abuse. I am also a part-time primary school teacher.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer a free introductory session of 30-40 minutes; it is essential that we both feel that we could work well with each other.
Subsequent sessions last for one hour and cost £35 per session.
Some concessionary slots are available on request (subject to availability); where I am happy to discuss what fee can be afforded.
I am able to offer daytime appointments on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and Wednesday afternoons, I can also offer some evening appointments. There is usually plenty of free parking on the road outside.
If you call and reach my answerphone message, please leave a message or send me a text or email and I will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours. This line is only used for my counselling work and, although I have this phone on, when I am teaching or counselling, I am unable to answer at the time. If you leave me a message or text me with your number and a convenient time for me to call you back, I will respond as soon as I am available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am able to work some evenings, I am also available during the daytime on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and Wednesday (afternoons only).