Gillian Jacobson Integrative Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred)
What can counselling do for you?
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." (Carl Jung)
The path to a happy and fulfilled life starts by finding a therapist you can trust and embark on a healing journey with.
I believe that we are all capable of making necessary changes in our lives to create the life we desire. However, we start life vulnerable and without any control over our early formative experiences. You have no choice over the genes you are born with, the families you are raised in, nor the impact this has on your psychological development, and the influence this has over the choices you make and directions you take in life. Thus, you become a product of your environment and genes, which determines how you function in the world.
Each of us carries our own baggage and personal struggles. So many of us continue to struggle in silence, perhaps due to stigma, or shame and fear. However, you do not have to carry on alone anymore.
Counselling can help you to:
- 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
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 allows me connect with others on a deep level. This helps me to understand someone's life story and experience, and enables me to sensitively respond to what you share with me. I will always work with sensitivity to your needs, supporting you through difficulties, uncertainties and personal struggles to find the best way forward.
How does Integrative Psychotherapy work?
This mode of psychotherapy draws on and integrates different therapeutic techniques to support you to work through problems, such as difficult thoughts, uncomfortable feelings and unresolved issues.
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.
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.
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.
I also practise 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.
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.
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
I have worked with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, worry, eating disorders, addictions, alcoholism, relationship issues, sexual and domestic abuse, bereavement, grief and challenges related to life transitions.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £60.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Online consultations are £60 per 50 minute session, face-to-face sessions are £70, and the first introductory session is £50.
Concessionary rates available.
Monday to Friday 10:00-17:30