Emily Jefferson

Emily Jefferson

30 East Street
Southend On Sea

07910126517 / 07910126517

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About me

Sometimes our past can leave us feeling stuck and dissatisfied in the here and now. We can feel lonely and isolated within our relationships with others. We can feel desperate to find a way out, but may struggle to find this path alone.

As a therapist my main drive is to stand beside clients in their journey of change, often starting in a place where people feel frightened and alone, mistrustful and hurting. I seek to enable you, strengthen your sense of self and allow you to re-connect with your drive and energy.

Using art within a safe supportive relationship can help create very powerful experiences of release and allow people to recognise their ability to change and grow and feel more alive, more free.

I am a gentle person but able to able to work with intense and complex emotions and to help create connection where there is none, to create space where there is a feeling of overcrowding and suffocation. Art Therapy is a powerful way to work with a skilled therapist, to make images, reflect on their meaning, to love them,or to sometimes destroy them. It is not important to be a good artist or to want to use the materials at every session. The art materials can be a useful 'mirror' to put your feelings outside yourself before beginning to recognise them, to be able to then think about how to move on.

Often clients find that they feel stuck and unable to create the changes they want in life to enable them to feel fully alive, free and able to embrace precious opportunities to connect deeply with others. By connecting deeply with a therapist within a safe supportive environment evidence suggests our attachment to others can grow and begin to improve.

Please feel able to call today and discuss (without obligation) what you feel your needs are so we can think together about what may help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered art psychotherapist who is registered as a supervisor and a private practitioner with Baat (British Association of Art Psychotherapists). I hold an enhanced DBS (Safeguarding protocol for working individually with children and vulnerable adults).

Training in working with Trauma (Catt Childrens Accelerated Trauma Technique) to quickly reduce symptoms of post traumatic stress in relation to traumatic life events.

Training In EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): A powerful and effective technique for processing traumatic memories with adults to enable a greater sense of personal safety, power and change. Quickly and effectively reducing many symptoms of Post traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) but also useful with Phobias and Anxiety and addictive behaviours.

Prior to training as an art therapist I worked in adult mental health environments for many years with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma and people with diagnoses of personality disorder.

I have recently undertaken training in Encounter Centred Therapy: a technique for couples and families in conflict, where conflict can be embraced and used as a powerful tool for change and growth.
Training in Mentalisation based Art Psychotherapy
Training in supervision for supporting individuals and groups of professionals.
Training in safeguarding children; designated person and CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Couples in Conflict where both parties are seeking a solution.

Im happy to work with clients on personalisation budgets or who are supported by community mental health teams.

EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization Therapy) can also be used for phobias/ anxieties ie flying, driving or specific event phobias ie driving test, important interview etc and addictive behaviours ie wanting to give up smoking. Please feel able to contact me to discuss your needs and desired change.


Individual sessions £40 per hour.

Couples sessions £60 for 90 minute encounter centred therapy.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation therapy) £45 per hour or pro rata. (Sometimes sessions need to be an hour and a half in the earlier stages of EMDR work ie grounding, stabilisation, maintenance before 'safe processing' of the trauma/ issue can be safely managed.

I do have a few lower fee spaces as I like therapy to be accessible to all, please feel able to contact me to discuss your circumstances.

Supervision for professionals £40 an hour

It is really important that you find a therapist you feel safe and comfortable to work regularly with.

There is no obligation to continue work after the first assessment appointment.

Maps & Directions

Southend On Sea, SS2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Fridays and some weekend availability depending upon clients needs. I am happy to work evenings to accommodate work and childcare commitments.

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am an accredited supervisor within the code of Baat (British Association of art Psychotherapists).

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