Cara Japon MBPsS, MBACP - Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Cara Japon MBPsS, MBACP - Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Rayleigh Megacentre
7 Brook Road

Oliver House
Hall Street

07379 578983

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About me

I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a member of the British Psychological Society.

I offer individual therapy, couple Counselling and family therapy.

I also offer family/group therapy (up to 4 people) for people who have recently been diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer's and their families/friends.

I am trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamics. I specialise in Relationship and Family Counselling, Dementia and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, work-related stress and breakdowns. I also have vast experience of bereavement counselling.

I have many years experience (7+ years) of working with Carers/family members who care for their loved ones who are living with Dementia. When caring for a loved one, our own emotions and feelings can sometimes be forgotten. However, by having the opportunity to offload it may help to come to terms with the loss of the person they were before Dementia.

I have vast experience of working with clients living with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and work-related stress. By offering open-ended Counselling sessions, this has aided my clients to build themselves up from needing a length of time off work, to continue their working life or create a new work and life journey.

Please see Testimonials at the bottom of this page.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Concepts
  • Introduction to Counselling Level 2
  • Introduction to Couple Counselling
  • QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care with Dementia
  • Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson's Disease
  • Understanding Autism
  • Caring for Older People
  • Promoting Health: Skills, Perspective and Practice
  • Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
  • Many Faces of Dementia
  • Living Well and Creatively with Dementia
  • Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Virtual Dementia Tour Course
  • Understanding Dementia
  • Drug Awareness Course
  • Safeguarding Level 2 Course
  • MiDAS training
  • Manual Handling Course

I have been working and volunteering as a Counsellor for over 7 years now and I have rounded experience in helping and working with clients through a variety of issues. I aim to provide my clients with the best therapeutic process in order for them to gain the most out of their counselling sessions.

I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and have experience of working with Carers, people living with dementia and their families.

I have previously worked with adolescents (2 school years) in Senior schools, by having one-to-one sessions, covering a variety of issues, including bullying, self-harm, abuse and young carer role.

I feel by having hands on experience, personal experience and professional experience, helps me to be more empathetic.

I was a Dementia Support Worker and a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Practitioner for over 3 years and I have experience of running 24-week CST ( programmes for clients that have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer relationship counselling for members of families who have a loved one that is living with dementia. For example, siblings of a parent or a spouse and daughter/son of someone living with dementia.

By having the opportunity to offload and express feelings of being in a carer role and coming to terms with the loss of the person they once knew, could help families work more closely together and give them the opportunity to offload.

I also offer Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime (£30 per 50 min session) so am able to offer counselling at more flexible times and days.

In addition, I have a counselling room in Southend and offer Walk and Talk therapy along Southend Seafront - sea air can do wonders for relieving stress and tension, which I feel can only add to the therapeutic process.

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  • Crossover Counselling Essex
  • Family Therapy for people living with Dementia and their family


£40-£45 - Individuals per 55 minute session

£50-£55 - Couples and Family Therapy per 55 minute session

Concessions available

Chelmsford, Oliver House, Hall Street(off Moulsham Street), Chelmsford CM2 0HG


Rayleigh Megacentre, 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh SS6 7UT


Southend-on-Sea, 534 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9HS

Online Counselling

£30 - 55 minute session

Walk and Talk Therapy - Southend Seafront

£35 - 55 minute session

Further information

I am fully insured and have current DBS checks.

Please contact me via mobile or email and I will respond as soon as possible. We can arrange a mutually convenient time and day to meet for an initial assessment. From there we can arrange future appointments at the end of each session.


"I have been having counselling for a while now and feel really comfortable with Cara. She is calm and listens without judgement. It has helped me a lot with my grief and depression. I can freely get all my emotions off of my chest", Client A

"I was in a dark tunnel when I first met with Cara. She's very easy to open up to and after several sessions she gave me some great coping mechanisms. At the end of each session we would always discuss what we'd talked about, which was good. I would fully recommend her as someone you can really open up to. I'd definitely go back", Client B

"I have recently completed successful counselling, lasting a number of months, covering a wide aspect of my life. Cara is a very well trained professional who managed my circumstances well, offered the needed support when appropriate. I would have no hesitation in recommending her", Client C

"Cara has really helped me understand and uncover my feelings about my situation and relationships, as well as helped me feel much better about myself. Her insight and intuition in reflecting my inner thoughts that she heard while I talked, was extremely helpful. Her kind and gentle nature and being so easy to talk to made my sessions something to look forward to", Client D

N.B Clients are aware their feedback appears anonymously.

Maps & Directions

Rayleigh, SS6 7UT
Chelmsford, CM2 0HG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Flexible appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme