Gillian Jacobson

Integrative Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred)

About me

Helping you feel connected and understood.

What can I help you with:

Depression, Low Mood, Intrusive Thoughts, Negative Thoughts, Motivation, Life Changes, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Confusion, Self Doubt, Worry, Loneliness, Disordered Eating, Mindful Nutrition, Eating Psychology Coaching, Big or Small Traumas, Self Esteem, Self Confidence, Loss and Bereavement, Rejection, Relationship Problems, Anger, Identity, Finding Purpose and Meaning, Addictions, Coping Strategies, Decision Making.  

How can I help you?

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means my work adheres to their ethical standards.. 

Integrative psychotherapy draws on and integrates different therapeutic techniques.

The main modes of therapy that I practise are Person-Centred Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. I also apply interventions from other modalities such as, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and mind-body practises such as mindfulness, breathing and visualisation techniques.

​I have a particular affinity working with young adults in the Generation Z and Millennial age range, especially since this time of life can be really challenging to navigate. Coupled with the pandemic and Covid 19, young adults have been particularly hard hit. 

Counselling can seem daunting as you may not know what to expect. From me, you can expect warmth, acceptance, non-judgment and a safe space to talk about things that are difficult.

My empathic nature helps me connect with you, understand your life story and experience, and sensitively respond to what you share with me. 

My priority is to work with sensitivity to your needs, supporting you through difficulties, uncertainties and personal struggles, always with the intention of finding the best way forward.

Background:

I worked for two charities from 2016 to 2020, where I provided long term psychotherapy in a Youth and Community Counselling Service in Maidenhead, and short term CBT counselling for a charity in the borough of Hounslow.

I have worked with - Abuse: Sexual, Domestic, Emotional and Historical/Childhood, Anger issues, Anxiety: General Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders - Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Emotional/Comfort Eating, EDNOS, Alcoholism and Addictions, Bullying, Life Changes, Depression, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Relationship Difficulties, Work Stress.

Some benefits of Counselling:

  • Overcome internal struggles
  • Increase your self awareness
  • Grow emotionally stronger
  • Feel more able to deal with life's ups and downs
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Let go of difficult feelings

The main therapeutic approaches I practise:

Attachment Therapy
A psychodynamic therapy that looks into your early relationship with your primary caregiver(s) and significant others. Our experience of our first relationship during infancy has a marked impact on our lives, as this relationship becomes theblueprintfor all others. Attachment Therapy can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your world.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Explores your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, regarding the issues you have come to counselling for. It examines thinking patterns and deep seated negative beliefs about yourself that perpetuates your problems. Through practical exercises it provides a structured approach to tackling issues.

Person-Centred Therapy
A humanistic therapy that has three principles at its core: empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. In person-centred therapy great value is placed on these principles, as it is foremost that you feel heard, understood and accepted.

I also practise Compassion Focused Therapy, which is part of the core of my approach, and interventions from other modalities such as Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and mind-body practises such as mindfulness, breathing and visualisation techniques.

Special interest:

Eating Psychology Coaching

If you struggle with disordered eating, low self esteem related to your body image, coaching can support you to better deal with these issues by improving your relationship with food and yourself. I use Compassion Focused Therapy, mindful nutrition, CBT, inner child work, and psycho-educate on the connection between nutrition and mental health.

Mindful Nutrition

Can help you with issues related to your relationship with food, such as body image, self-esteem, weight loss, eating disorders, obesity as well as gut issues such as IBS and IBD. The connection between mind and body as seen in these issues means that a mindfulness based nutritional intervention in conjunction with psychotherapy can help you if you are struggling with any of the above problems.

Gut-Brain Connection

Our gut has a remarkable influence on our brain and ultimately how we think and feel. This is due to the microbiome and its 100 trillion bacteria that a play a crucial part in mood and stress regulation, behaviour, and manufacturing of neurotransmitters to name but a few. Notably our gut produces 95% of the body's serotonin, 50% dopamine and many other neurotransmitters and hormones that influence and regulate our mood, behaviour and a plethora of other chemical and physiological reactions.

If you feel ready to take the first step please get in touch via email to see if we might be a good fit. I usually respond to all enquiries within 24 - 48hrs.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling;

BA Sociology and Psychology;

Diploma in Mindful Nutrition;

Diploma in Gut-Brain Connection

Eating Psychology Coach Diploma

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

From £60.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Online consultations are £60 per 50 minute session, face-to-face sessions are £70, and the first introductory session is £50.

Concessionary rates available. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Thursday 10:00-17:30

1A Belmont Rd,
Chiswick, London
W4 5UL

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

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Gillian Jacobson

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