Ingela Jackson, MBACP (accred.), MA, Pg.Dip, Pg.Cert.
I am a BACP accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor, working in the centre of Brighton. As an experienced therapist I will work with you in a non-judgmental and supportive way to help you understand your situation. I have particular expertise and interest in working with addiction and supporting the families of substance users.
About how I work
Life’s challenges can be isolating experiences, and it is important to be able to reach out and connect with others in those times. It is hard to trust ourselves, or our experience, when we think life has gone wrong or is in crisis. As a counsellor I have a deep respect for the life story of my clients, and appreciate the struggle we all feel at times to live a meaningful and fulfilled life. I will not judge, and I will not tell you what to do. I will explore the reasons you come to counselling, to support you to find your own solutions and way forward. By talking about the challenges you may be facing, I will help you gain insight and understanding into your past experiences, relating patterns, and possible self-limiting beliefs.
Paradoxically it is often when we share and examine our fears, shame, and senses of inadequacy, that such things lose their hold over us, and we can regain our sense of hope; as Martin Luther King once said “If you lose hope, somehow you lose that vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of all.” My aim as a counsellor is to accompany you on your journey to help you regain your hope, whatever your life circumstances.
What you can expect in your first session
I suggest to clients that we have a 'no obligation' first session, meaning it is a session for us to meet and for you to decide whether you would like to work with me or not. It is also a session for me to assess whether I have the right experience and expertise for you, and if not, to suggest some other colleagues who might be better suited for you.
After the first session, you can decide whether you want a fixed number of sessions to address a specific issue, or more open-ended counselling, if that feels more appropriate for you. The number of sessions and their frequency is decided by what you, the client, need and want. I see clients in the privacy of my home, and there is free parking nearby.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Counsellling (UEA)
- Post-graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Marjohn)
- Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling (UH)
- Advanced Diploma in Christian Counselling and Pastoral Care (Egan, Solution-focused Model)
- Diploma CTI Counselling Training Programme
- BA (Hons) English
My previous working life has been in the teaching and helping professions in a variety of public and third sector settings, giving me a wide and varied experience of the many issues that people struggle with and want to explore within counselling
Briefly, this has included counselling for charities such as the CRi Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service, The Terence Higgins Trust, Place2Be, The Psychological and Counselling Service at Sussex University, Hitchin Women’s Centre, and Horsham and Crawley Counselling Service. I have also provided counselling in the private sector for Aviva and Nuffield Health.
I have counseled clients with a wide variety of issues, for example addiction, living with substance users, anxiety, depression, abuse, relationship breakdowns, bereavement, sexual and gender issues, HIV diagnosis, personality disorders, adoption, work related issues, and transitional experiences in life such as illness and aging.
I have specific expertise and interest in working with people struggling with addictions, and counseled family members living with substance users. My MA explored the experience of mothers of substance users.
I managed a counselling service for five years, and ran weekly psychosocial intervention groups and support groups, and was part of a team manning a national helpline for families struggling with addiction issues.
I offer workshops on subjects such as shame, codependency, enabling behaviour, addiction issues, loss and grief, and lecture at Brighton University on the issues families of substance users face.
I offer 1:1 supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors in private practice. I am also a group supervisor for 'As You Are' in Southwick and AgeUk in Brighton.
I believe the supervisory relationship should reflect the counselling one, offering an empathic and non-judgmental space so that difficult issues can be discussed and explored. Supervision should always leave the supervisee feeling freshly invigorated for their client work, giving them new insights into their client work, and ensuring that they and their clients are working ethically.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
substance use, families of substance users, retirement and ageing
I charge £50 an hour for counselling and supervision.
For EAP work I charge £60 an hour.
I negotiate lower cost counselling for trainee counsellors and those on lower incomes.
What some clients and supervisees have said about me:
“Ingela has changed my life. She has helped me to deal with something I thought would be with me forever. I cannot thank her enough.”
”Phew! . . .You've helped me to let myself off the hook ...I'm feeling so good about it. . . so sort of free!!”
“I wanted to thank you again for everything you have done for me. I can't quite believe what you have been able to do with me. I will be forever grateful to you.”
“Thank you so much for our last supervision session. It was extremely helpful and I have felt much lighter and freer since then. I feel so appreciative that we can work that deeply when needed.”
“I always feel extremely joyful after our supervision sessions and bursting with knowledge and ideas.”
“Thank you for your time, pragmatism and going above and beyond as a supervisor . . . I feel very supported by you.”
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some Swedish|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training