Jack Rochon MA Counselling MA Supervision BACP(Accred)
Counselling for Couples & Individuals - Cardiff & Monmouth
I work with a great variety of client issues but many seem to have at their heart a struggle with relationship.
Relational problems can be resolved, understood, dissolved and internally rearranged, ideally within one form or another of relationship. Therapy is a confidential relational space to figure out how to do that: how to change your 'performance of relationship’. The counselling that I offer you, is a guide through the past, via the 'here and now', to softly step into a different future.
A future that may provide you with the tools to work at making relationships take the shape that you wish them to. Of course it takes commitment from both sides, but it is possible that a 'love story' could become a 'life story' if both desperately wish it to be. Or perhaps therapy could empower you to leave the swamp of a struggling or coercive coupling, in order to clear the space for a sweeter experience.
Is it possible that responses such as panic attacks, the fear of being emotionally vulnerable, anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings come, in part, as a result of difficulty in key relationships? Or because of not being able to create and maintain healthy ones?
Counselling provides the safest space to understand why we can at times struggle. Why we can feel unsure or unable to stop repeated patterns of destructive behaviour. Or why we can at times just feel so very low, anxious and depressed.
Life can be difficult and relationships incredibly confusing. Never more so than now. It really can be hard at times to even 'imagine' what a meaningful relationship might look like or how to achieve and maintain it.
‘Screen life’, for example, dominates the cultural moment we exist in, and with it come expectations that are often unrealistic or unrealisable. A sense of failure, of not being good enough, of not achieving what we imagine others have, is often accompanied by anxiety, depression and a fragility of mental health. We somehow imagine that like Amazon Prime, we should be able to hit the ‘buy’ button in our relationships & have everything we want delivered by 8am the following morning.
We have at times absorbed, by osmosis, consumerist values into our relational needs. As if that was not enough to manage we are all products of our own unstable or uncertain family history. That childhood story is constantly in play in our important adult relationships; disentangling what is actually being contested in the present moment is hard to separate from a crisis based on the beliefs and values of mum and dad, or care givers, back in the day.
What to do?
Well, we remain powerful whatever our history, even if perhaps a little disconnected from that feeling.
If disturbances such as depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or even a relationship betrayal or transgressions originate from early experiences of family relations or equally from a confusion about culturally invoked aspirations, or simply a breakdown in the quality of connection, the direction of travel is at least clear enough; at the Crossroads of Crisis the sign to follow reads 'Meaningful Relationships’. The moment is now. Or at least sooner rather than later.
Therapy can help restore your resilience, robustness and self-belief: all this in order to facilitate the quality of relationship & loving connections that you may have lost and may be desperate to find again. Or perhaps you have simply longed to allow yourself to feel loved and to be able to safely offer love again; to allow love and lust to co-exist thrive in unison.
As an existential therapist, the way we experience each other is crucial to the progress of the therapy, and I invite all my new clients to book just one session with me, before making any further commitment. And at the end of that, you can decide whether it feels that I could offer the kind of relationship which might allow for the healing and restorative work to begin.
I have over twenty-thousand hours of client experience, providing a collaborative relational space for both couples and individuals to work through the issues that are stopping you from living creatively with purpose and meaning each hour of each day.
I am a Tutor and Supervisor at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (bcpc.org) on the 3rd year of the UKCP & BACP accredited Counselling Diploma.
I am the only tutor to have lectured on every year of every cohort of the University of South Wales(USW) BACP Masters level PG Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma, between 2006 & 2016.
While many counsellors will ask you to see them in their homes, which can be uncomfortable to say the least, as a counsellor/psychotherapist I see clients in two discrete, exceptionally bright and comfortable practices - one right in the heart of Cardiff & the other in the centre of Monmouth Town. Both have free car parking directly outside, waiting rooms and toilet facilities for comfort breaks - all to help take as much of the stress and anxiety out of situation as possible.
An entirely 'open' contract means that you are in control of how long you wish to stay in therapy and can stop the counselling process at any time that you feel is best - without any prior notice.
Please drop me an email if you would like to ask me anything not covered here.
Training, qualifications & experience
Currently - Trainer on Year 3 of the UKCP & BACP accredited Counselling Diploma at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy(bcpc.org) and in 2017 on the UKCP accredited Psychotherapy Masters professional qualification at the same organisation(bcpc.org).
I lead innovative Therapyworks.training courses in Cardiff including the Diploma in Intersubjective Psychotherapy & Counselling; I am the ONLY trainer to have lectured on every cohort of every year of the BACP accredited Integrative Counselling Diploma at USW/UWN between 2006 & 2016.
Doctoral Modules 2009-2014 Bristol University
- Narrative Inquiry
- Title of research: Structures of Existential Magic, Neuro Linguistic Deficits & the Language of Therapy.
- Supervised by Dr Jane Speedy & Dr Tim Bond
Masters in Counselling
- Title of research: What happens when a primary care trust switches its
- counselling provision to an agency: an analysis of professional perspectives.
- Type: phenomenological
- Awarding body: UWN
- Date of award: 2006
- University of Wales - Newport
- Attended 2005-2006
Advanced Diploma in Relational Couples Therapy -2010-17
I am a highly trained and experienced couples counsellor with an Advance Diploma in Relational Couples Counselling training under David Slattery in Stroud at the Relational Couples Counselling Centre as well as at the Metanoia Institute in London.
Masters in Clinical Supervision
- Title of research: Kiss me Kill me: a narrative inquiry into the spoken and unspoken experiences of a supervision group of counsellors as perceived by the facilitator
- Type: Narrative Inquiry - visual turn
- Awarding body UWN
- 2008 University of Wales - Newport
P.G.Diploma in Consultative Supervision
- Awarding body - UWN
- Graduated with A14 for Group Module.
- University of Wales - Newport
Diploma in Professional Counselling
- Awarding body: UWE (Bristol)
- Name of Institution: University of West England
- Date of award – 2005
- Dates attended 2003-2005
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked extensively with clients who are suffering suicidal feelings, bouts of depression, and the consequences of all kinds of abuse; over 15 years of client sessions provides me with the experience to help you to achieve the goals & outcomes that you seek in your therapy. Relational Psychotherapy is an holistic therapy that aims to help clients connect again in a meaningful and intimate way with partners and important family and friends.
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Psychotherapy & Counselling
Individuals: £65 for a 50 minute session
A 50% cancellation fee only falls due if notice is given to cancel a session 72 hours or less before the agreed appointment time; otherwise no charge is made to change appointments.
Concessionary rates are available for means tested clients struggling financially and for students in counselling training at USW or UWE
Couples: £70 for a 50 minute session
£85 for a 75 minute session
A 50% cancellation fee only falls due if notice is given to cancel a session 72 hours or less before the agreed appointment time: otherwise no charge is made to change appointments.
Couples Fees will increase by £5 from 1st Sept 2019. Thank you.
Clinical Supervision: £65 for 50minutes
£80 for 90 minutes
A 50% cancellation fee only falls due if cancellation is less than 72 hours before the agreed appointment time.
Concessionary rates are available for supervisees starting in private practice or for those in counselling training at BCPC or Therapyworks.training
Take the first step
I am aware from my own experiences of being a client, that taking that first step into counselling can be frightening.
Facing up to long time problems which may at some level feel impossible to deal often takes either a blind leap of faith or just plain desperation. So if you do make it through the door, please remember that any therapist in private practice works for you. As such I operate an open contract which means that you are not committed to having to come to therapy for any set length of time but rather are free to determine as and when you feel you would like to stop. In other words if at any point you feel it is not working just drop me an email or text to let me know you no longer wish to attend. My experience is the opposite but I think it's important for you to know that you are the one in the power.
And while I hope to bring a degree of experience and theoretical knowledge to the meeting, I am not an expert on your life - you are. It is that collaborative meeting of our different histories, however, that can be so useful and healing. No matter how great the problem feels for you now working side by side I aim to facilitate you to achieve the goals and changes that you need to create a greater sense of meaning in everyday life and key relationships.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monmouth Clinics: 2pm to 6pm on Mondays & 10 am to 8 pm on Wednesdays. Cardiff Clinics:Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Supervision sessions in Cardiff are on Mondays. Thursdays and Fridays
Types of client
Supervision & training
As an experienced & double Masters qualified supervisor I am pleased to be able to offer Clinical Supervision in Cardiff in the spacious and comfortable surrounds of the Waterloo Gardens Practice (CF23 5AB), as well as in comfort in Monmouth(NP25 3EQ).View supervision profile