“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth
These wise words from M. Scott Peck illustrate beautifully how I now feel about life. Over the years I have learnt to cope with some of its many challenges with the help of personal counselling and my own counselling training by challenging irrational thoughts, exploring schemas set in childhood and finally learning to trust myself and own inner reference.
I am a qualified counsellor, both insured and DBS checked and an accredited member of the BACP following a strict code of ethical practice.
Whatever the problem or issue I am happy to explore it in a collaborative process. I work from a integrative approach and believe that it is not the counsellors role to tell the client what to do. My role is to try to help the client think rationally about any decisions and help them to examine all options in the process of moving forward. I can offer you confidential counselling in a safe place and space to explore whatever issues may be causing you problems.
So many of the people whose stories I listen to are embarrassed to share their heartache even with family and friends. They often feel that it betrays weakness or hypochondria to have anxiety or depression. To outsiders, and even family, people seem happy and self confident, but so often they hide an inner misery.
The reality is that it is easily possible to help people come to terms with these mental health issues. Speaking to a trained counsellor can help a person discover a renewed sense of safety in this troublesome world, and from this base renew webs of friendship and love that are at the core of human happiness.
Our modern world demands self reliance and confident exterior face, whereas, in reality we all need a caring ear to listen to our worries! Stress quickly erodes peoples ability to work efficiently or contribute successfully to family life.
Please feel free to call me to have a chat about what you would like to change in your life we can talk about how best this can be achieved.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BA (Hons) degree and am a qualified (PGCE) secondary school teacher of Business Studies and Economics.
After a few years of teaching in the UK and Middle East I realised that my passion lies in one to one work and found most enjoyment in mentoring and life skills, empowering students to explore their own strengths and pathways.
I work for the Audiology Department at the General Hospital and have spent the past 8 years training and practising as a Counsellor.
Additionally I have certification in understanding substance misuse. More recently I have undertaken training in CBT for Insomnia and can provide help for those with specific sleep problems.
I have worked at MIND, Jersey and in private practice seeing a variety of clients with a wide range of issues.
I currently work at the hospital working with patients from a CBT approach as well as general counselling in private practice.
2015-2016 Level 4 cpcab Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, The Tara Centre, Jersey
2013-2014 Level 2 cpcab Award in Understanding Substance Misuse, Highlands College, Jersey
2013 Level 3 cpcab Certificate in Counselling Studies, Highlands College, Jersey
2019 CBT-I - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia
2016 Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Masterclass, Guildford, Surrey
2016 Tinnitus Adviser Training – BTA, Sheffield
2015 Protecting Families from Domestic Abuse Course – Safeguarding Partnership Board
2014 Foundation Course in Child Protection – Safeguarding Partnership Board
2008 Child Protection Training Course Jersey Child Protection Committee
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
My counselling room is located in St Aubins with a discreet private entrance - easily accessed by bus or car with plenty of parking both disc (free) and paycard.
Home visits can also be arranged.
Reccommendation & Testimonials
When I first knew Imogen, she was training to be a counsellor. I had the privilege of teaching her, and even as early as the very first year of her course it became apparent to me that this was someone that stood out from the crowd. I remember telling her “If you ever want to practice under the umbrella of Oak Practice, please just say the word, as I see great potential in you.” Now, she is part of Oak Practice but as an equal participating partner.
Imogen works with integrity, but also, from the heart. These are two essential qualities as far as I’m concerned that any gifted counsellor should possess. When she listens, it is impossible not to feel truly heard by her. She is calm and warm, and gives clients the space they need to explore their issues in safety. I have every confidence in recommending her in a very public way!
MBACP (Accred); MA Psych; BSc(Hons); Dip Couns;
Dip WASCA; CQSW; CSWS; CEFE; Dip App SS;
‘You’ve helped me so much and I feel like a completely different person now, all my worries don’t seem so bad.’ (Client P)
‘I would especially like to thank you for helping me with my problems and making me believe in myself more.” (Client M)
‘Thank you for everything that you have done for me.” (Client S)