Colin Jones Accredited Int. Dip. MBACP Reg
Personal Profile, Philosophy & Therapeutic Approach:
My path to becoming a practitioner began some years ago following a substantial life-changing experience that caused me to completely re-evaluate my existence and future. With compassionate and extensive professional therapeutic assistance I was able to understand my life, make change and move forward. Embracing the experience, which I then and still highly value, it became the catalyst to commence counselling and psychotherapy training, which now all contribute and continue to inform my practice and bring me to where I am today.
I have over 40 years experience in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Financial Business sectors working in a variety of wide-ranging environments.
I believe all therapy is personal and has to fit in accordance with each individual’s explicit and implicit needs, which are in continuous development. Therefore, my primary focus is to always work with a client’s interests at the forefront to ensure they receive the maximum benefit. This means I work in a very compassionate, conscientious and respectful manner creating a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment of support where my objective is to empower and release a client’s potential.
The value of my work largely lies in the collaborative quality of the therapeutic relationships I build with clients. For me, it is of paramount importance and an essential part of the therapeutic process. Clients evolving trust in my honesty, ability and character measure my success and I find the experience of witnessing their life changes, thoughts, feelings and behaviour both rewarding and enriching.
I naturally have an open minded, intuitive, down to earth and attentive approach where my adaptable style of therapy is interactive and engaging - bringing warmth, strength, energy, passion and a respectful, accepting presence to my work - but I can also be appropriately challenging.
I do not believe one therapy suits all individuals or all the issues within an individual. I believe psychological problems are seldom caused by just one source or situation, so a variety of therapeutic strategies may be useful for achieving the desired outcome. Therefore, I practice from an Integrative Approach, meaning I combine and use several theoretical frameworks; Humanistic (Person-Centred); Psychodynamic; Transactional Analysis; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Experiential and Creative.
What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
These are terms often used interchangeably. It can be difficult to find an agreed definition for each, but generally are umbrella terms covering a range of talking and listening therapeutic approaches incorporating varying methods of addressing psychological issues.
How can Counselling & Psychotherapy help?
Individuals choose to enter therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. You may be considering therapy for any number of reasons. Perhaps you are feeling stuck and confused, overwhelmed by your emotions, anxious or depressed, or have experienced something traumatic either recently or in the past. You may be struggling to come to terms with and deal with changes in life.
You may not know what the problem is or that just something is not right. It can be natural to believe that you have to keep on struggling with your difficulties alone; trying to effect change by yourself, feeling it would somehow be ‘weak’ or ‘embarrassing’ to ask someone else for help.
Talking about how you feel and being heard is at the heart of therapy. It is a process that can help to take stock of where you are now; it can help to re-evaluate how you live your life; uncover how patterns of behaviour, thoughts and emotions have evolved; gain a better understanding of past and present conflicts, which you may find unacceptable, or to manage painful realities, which continue to constrain you; to recognise, appreciate and use your resources, as well as considering possibilities for dealing with challenging situations. This may involve clarifying choices and opportunities for bringing about change; or, alternatively, may help you come to terms with those aspects of life that you are unable, or do not wish, to change. As you experience different aspects of yourself, your insight and self-awareness increases, which in itself is healing and growth producing.
Therapy is not advice giving; a miracle quick fix or a magic wand treatment - but a process taking place over a period of weeks or months that requires an investment of time to acknowledge and understand the picture of your life - past, present and future.
Couples / Relationship Counselling
In my work with couples, or any relationship combination I see my role, as an active participant in their interaction. My aim is to support each partner, as they work through their difficulties.
I am interested in the couple’s strengths by exploring what has worked well, so they may draw out and build on these. I also explore what has not worked well for them and what they each bring from their personal histories that may be getting in the way of relating to each other in a healthy, supportive and enriching way.
I facilitate verbal and non-verbal communication by assisting each partner in becoming aware of negative and destructive patterns that have become entrenched in the relationship, so they may begin to break the cycle of these patterns, which gives an opportunity to resolve old disputes so they are free to make choices about the future of the relationship.
This means the couple being in conversation with each other during therapy. I observe how they relate with each other. I give feedback based on my observations and encourage them to try out new ways of communicating in the present moment. The power of this process is that they experience new ways of being, rather than just talking about them.
I work with couples whatever their sexual orientation.
Therapeutic Support for Professionals
Through my extensive business background I am aware that it can be difficult for professionals within certain occupations to access appropriate and confidential support because of their role in the workplace.
I work in confidence with individuals within a number of professions including Teaching Professionals, Police, Fire and Ambulance services, Medical Staff, Directors and Business Owners. I work to assist and facilitate each individual to maintain their effectiveness at work whilst supporting them to overcome their challenges.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Therapeutic (Integrative) Counselling
- Certified Barnardo's Adoption Counsellor
- Certificate in Couple / Relationship Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
- Certificate in Creative Therapy
- Certificate in Gestalt & Psychodrama Group Training
I work with Individuals and Couples from all cultural backgrounds, presenting with a diverse array of issues and personal challenges.
I have experience and special interest in: Abuse, Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Career and Employment Related Issues, Depression, Inner-Child, Mental Health, Relationship Issues, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Road Traffic Accident Rehabilitation, Self-Esteem, Sexuality and Stress.
I work in alliance with Insurance Companies, Solicitors and Intermediaries to counsel clients presenting with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from Road Traffic Accidents. I provide reports as requested by the Courts, Social Services and for personal and occupational reasons.
I work independently and in alliance with Barnardo’s providing counselling to clients involved in the Adoption process both past and present.
I work in alliance with Employee Assistance Programmes EAP providing counselling to clients referred by their Employers in compliance with UK Employment Law.
I work in alliance with The Ministry of Defence Army Welfare Service in providing Military personnel with both Individual and Couples counselling.
I work in alliance with GP surgeries providing counselling to patients within the scope of their individual care plans.
I am a Senior Course Tutor at the Life-Force Centre in Colchester delivering a BACP Gold Standard Accredited Counselling Training Programme.
I work therapeutically with students in training, as part of their counselling course programme requirements
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), bound by its Ethical Framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
I attend monthly clinical supervision with a Senior Qualified Supervisor in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of BACP to maintain therapeutic standards of practice.
I hold an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure certifying me as suitable for work with vulnerable adults and children.
I maintain Continued Professional Development to update my skills, broadening my experience by regularly conducting research, attending courses and seminars.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees on application
I am able to offer a limited number of reduced rate therapy slots, therefore please ask if cost is preventing you from accessing therapy when you may need it the most. This is strictly dependent on availability.
My main practice is based in central Colchester at the Life-Force Centre CO1 2QL and is easily accessible from outlying areas including Braintree CM7, Clacton CM15, Halstead CO9, Kelvedon CO5, Maldon CM9, Manningtree CO11, Sudbury CO10, Tiptree CO5 and Witham CM8. There are several easily accessible car parks in the immediate area. The building offers facilities that are suitable for people with disabilities.
I operate a flexible appointment system – available weekdays between 9am – 9pm.
From time to time client requests are received for home visits primarily associated with transport problems as a result of disability issues. I am happy to accommodate such requests as long as the home environment is conducive to a therapy setting. I offer this service most days between 10am – 3pm and further details are available on request.
Concessions offered for
Sometimes it is hard to pick up the telephone, but getting professional help could make the difference to your life and give back the control you yearn for. Even if you are not sure whether the time is right, or if therapy will help you, please feel free to call, or e-mail in total confidence. I will be happy to discuss any part of the process, hopefully putting your mind at ease.
If you feel ready for therapy please contact me by telephone, or email and we can discuss arranging an assessment session.
At the assessment I will gather background information about you and explore what has brought you to therapy, finding out what you hope, expect and want to achieve. You will have the opportunity to ask anything you may not be sure about, at which time we can establish whether we feel comfortable working together. If we decide to continue, subsequent sessions are normally on a regular weekly basis and available on either a short or long term contract. The duration of each session is 50 minutes.