Geraldine Jones MBACP (Accred)
Personal statement from Geraldine
'Therapy is just a conversation between two people'
I will always remember this comment. It was said to me by my own therapist when training. Such simplicity helped to take away my own anxieties surrounding the uncertainty of what happens in therapy. I know from my own experience how hard it is to take that first step and choose the right therapist. I am a caring person and I truly hope this will also help allay some of your own fears at a time that must be very distressing for you. If you would like to meet me you will receive a warm welcome and we can just have a conversation and then it is for both of us to decide the next step.
I am a qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have a small discreet private practice in a tranquil setting on the seafront in Deal, Kent, with easy access to free parking. I tend to work Integratively, which means I draw on many different styles of counselling theories and practice. I also incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and work with Understanding Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) with my clients. I draw on the existential relational concept that ‘being-in-the-world-with-others causes us all angst’.
How counselling can help you
From my years of working in a GP surgery for the NHS, I have learned to expect the unexpected. Clients may be referred who have been experiencing anxiety or depression which has become unbearable to the point where help is sought. I believe the anxiety you might be facing can be opened up, turned over and explored together in the conversation of therapy. (Hetherington: 2012) Through exploration, we become aware of how anxiety masks difficult emotions that have either come right out of the blue or have been buried in the past. If you can imagine anxiety is like an onion, it has many layers to it. By peeling back the layers in therapy we can discover its root causes. Relationship issues, loss, bereavement, abuse both emotional and physical, trauma, PTSD, anger and more, are all issues that have come to light during exploration.
I have the experience of working with clients of all ages with a wide range of relationship issues. I have found what people bring to therapy is their 'impossibility'. (Hetherington:2011) They feel trapped and unable to cope with what life has thrown at them. They feel they do not have a choice. Freedom to choose a different course through change is scary in itself, but something that can be practised once you are aware that choice exists as a possibility, as opposed to impossibility.
What is counselling all about?
It is about a relationship between you and me. It has been said that the centre of good therapy lies in the relationship. I have found that the relationship is the therapy. What sounds like pure common sense to me is the idea that no theory (or practice) will be effective (no, not even CBT!) if the relationship is not mutually sensed as a good one. By creating a warm, supportive and non-judgemental environment, this allows us the ‘safe space’, where you and I can develop a trusting relationship from which we can explore the difficulties you face, rediscover your strengths and identify the choices you have. I am genuine and direct with my clients whilst remaining fully engaged and always open and willing to challenge and probe my own and my client’s assumptions and convictions.
I work both short term and long term, both privately and for a charitable organisation that provides their clients/carers with stress-related therapy. You will discover counselling is a process that will gradually help you to gain valuable insight into your behaviour patterns and inner world. Self-awareness, in turn, will allow you to identify which of your repeated behaviours (habits) are helping you and which ones at this point of your life are now hindering you. You are then free to choose which ones to discard and look at the new ones you can adopt, ones that will offer you a way forward towards a happier healthier life.
I enjoy working with trainee counsellors who require long term personal therapy as part of their training. It is a privilege to be part of such a life changing experience for them in terms of personal growth.
I also have experience of and provide Supervision for practicing Counsellors.
I will be happy to answer any question you may have about counselling and about taking that first anxious step. You can contact me either by phone or email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I hold a Diploma in Counselling (With Distinction); University of Kent
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have been granted the status of UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor.
A hold a Certificate in CBT.
I hold a Certificate in Therapeutic Play; The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education; Britannia Row, Islington, London N1 8PA.
Mediation Workshop on Divorce and separation : I was the in-house counsellor
I have Play Therapy workshop experience: Working together with Psychotherapists and traumatised children after the Sri Lankan Tsunami.
I have worked with young Austistic children using Therapeutic Play as a way of communicating and building up a sense of trust. This in turn allows a child to explore and then express any difficult emotions they are feeling. This is a 'magical' experience for me.
ASD Conference/CPD : Bridging the Gap: Thinking about effective intervention with children and adults with ASD and their families. This helped me tremendously in terms of understanding what it is like for other members of the family and how hard it can be for each individual to manage their own feelings as well as witnessing what is happening to others within the dynamics of their family environment.
- Negotiating the enduring trauma imprint in critical incidents
- Trauma and major incidents
- Neuroscience of addiction
- Making connections with an autistic brain
- Introducing the fear of death
- Therapist transparency and working in the here and now
- Working with existential therapy; meaning and meaninglessness
- Issues around bereavement
- Existential therapy and the art of living
- Attachment interventions for children, teenagers and adults.
- Working with dreams and nightmares
- Working with attachment theory
- Working with survivors of sexual abuse
- Emergency first aid at work
- Introduction to emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
- Working with domestic abuse
- Working with issues around Dissociation
- Working with issues around domestic abuse
- Couples Counselling
- Therapeutic Story Telling
- Working with Depression
Understanding Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. British Psychological Society, London.
Personal Insights into Attachment Theory (Speaker: Sir Richard Bowlby)
- Working with issues around Shame
- Working with issues around shame: part 2
Therapeutic Training Academy: Working with Couples
- Working with Eating Issues
- ASD: Bridging the Gap: Effective intervention with children and adults with ASD and their families.
- Anger management
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Panic disorder
- Domestic abuse
- Creative art and play therapy techniques
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Sexual abuse
- Anxiety and depression
- Bereavement and loss
- Eating disorders
- Work related issues
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees per session: £50
Fees per Couples counselling £60
Fee concessions to trainee counsellors available
Relationships, Working with Couples, Work related issues, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, working with issues around guilt and shame, Stress, Loss, Blindness. Cancer, Bereavement, Eating Disorders, Sex, Sexuality, Divorce, Trauma, PTSD, Rape, Sexual abuse, Abortion, Emotional Abuse, Domestic Violence, Bullying, Drugs and Alcohol.
Working with Autistic children helping them express their emotions.
Working with young children struggling with emotions around attachments and loss whilst going through the process of adoption
Working alongside Social services, Families and Kent Education Authority.
I abide by the code of ethics of my accrediting organisation which is:
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.