Jack Rochon MA Counselling MA Supervision BACP(Accred)
Counselling for Couples & Individuals In Cardiff & Monmouth
The VIDEO CONFERENCING SESSIONS that I offer are a confidential guide through present struggles to softly step into a more meaningful future; a future based on creative and healthy relationships.
If it feels important, I am able to meet you face to face for the first session, before continuing thereafter on Zoom.
For couples working through the complexity of maintaining intimacy or perhaps a loss of emotional connection, sexual betrayal or simply feeling distant from the other - all can be easier with professional input. Whether you wish to have therapy alone or with a partner, perhaps a little surprisingly video conferencing therapy on Zoom works extremely well.
Even before the lockdown, social media, digital stuff and 'screen life' dominated the cultural moment we exist in. With it come expectations, particularly in relationships, 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 life or relationships & have everything we want delivered by 8am the following morning. That is rarely possible.
What to do?
Well, we remain powerful whatever our history, even if perhaps a little lost at times. Therapy can shift stuckness.
With individuals I prefer to work on a weekly basis if possible, as that has proven to be the most effective psychologically and paradoxically the most cost effective! If you were to complete a full year, allowing for holidays that would work out at about 40 sessions. And you can of course end at any time you choose. You are in charge of how much or how little therapy you wish to engage in.
Couples work is open to weekly, two weekly or even from time-to-time maintenance checks: in all cases you can of course stop at any time.
So what could therapy do for you?
Perhaps therapy can provide you with the tools to make your life and your relationships take the shape that you wish them to. Perhaps it could empower you to leave the swamp of depression, in order to clear the space for a sweeter experience. A chance to finally settle unhelpful anxiety. Or to find in couples counselling the strength to leave a failing relationship or work through complex issues, such as betrayal, in order to rebuild again, trust and love. If I have made it sound a little too easy - let me just say it isn't straightforward. Courage and commitment are just two essential ingredients to achieving what you seek.
Counselling does however, provide the space to explore why we can at times struggle. Why we can feel unsure or unable to stop repeated patterns of destructive behaviour in ourselves or others. Or why we can at times just feel so very low, anxious and depressed.
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.
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 car parking either directly outside(Monmouth) or in nearby side streets (Cardiff), 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
2018-20 Tutor 3rd year Dissertation submissions and Supervise 3rd Year Private Practice requirements for students of Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling.
2016-2018 Lecturer UKCP & BACP accredited Counselling Diploma at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling & in 2017 on UKCP accredited Psychotherapy Masters Professional Qualification.
2016- current. I lead innovative Therapyworks training courses in Cardiff including the Diploma in Intersubjective Psychotherapy & Counselling & Couples Counselling Certificate & Diploma.
2006-16. I lectured on every cohort of every year of the BACP accredited Integrative Post Graduate Counselling Diploma at USW/UWN and on the Masters programme from 2010.
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
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
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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 & Existential 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.
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.
Couples: £70 for a 50 minute session
£85 for a 75 minute session
A 50% cancellation fee is payable if clients are unable to attend booked sessions unless 1 week or more notice is given in which case the booking can be changed free of charge.
Clinical Supervision: £65 for 50minutes
£85 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.