Hello. My name is Jackie and I offer both short and long term counselling and psychotherapy in Shaftesbury and Sherborne. If you are feeling fed up, stressed, anxious or low, counselling can provide you with a safe place to explore and resolve troubling feelings. During the current Covid 19 crisis, when you may be feeling particularly worried about a range of issues, I am offering telephone and Skype counselling.
There are times when we feel overwhelmed. This might be because we are experiencing relationship issues, have difficulties at work, have lost a family member or a friend or or are facing a period of great upheaval. and uncertainty. Counselling can provide you with the opportunity to explore these issues and can help you think about a way forward. It can also help you with the emotional and physical symptoms of depression, panic and anxiety.
I am an experienced therapist and counsellor having worked in the NHS, the public sector and privately for 15 years.
How I work
I provide a safe, caring and confidential space in which you can talk about yourself, your life and explore your problems and difficulties. I mostly practice Psychodynamic therapy which means helping you identify any links between your present distress and past events and relationships.
Using this approach I aim to encourage you to think about the roots of your problems and develop greater personal insight and self-awareness. This insight and self-awareness can then lead to personal growth - a reduction in your distress, a greater capacity for managing difficulties and the ability to form better relationships and achieve personal goals.
If appropriate we may also agree to adopt other counselling approaches such as Solution Focused Therapy where I will encourage you to focus on the present and future and build solutions to your problems using the strengths you already possess. Whatever approach we take our relationship is likely to be central to the work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Master’s Degree in Psychodynamic Practice from the University of Oxford and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work within the BACP Ethical Guidelines for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have an IPC in Cognitive Behaviour Approach from Birmingham University. I am fully insured and receive regular supervision.
Before working privately I managed a busy work place counselling service. This brought me into contact with a range of individuals and allowed me to build up significant experience of dealing with both personal and workplace issues. I have substantial experience of issues relating to loss whether that be the death of a family member, relationship breakdown, redundancy, illness or the loss of a physical ability.
I provide counselling in comfortable and quiet surroundings in the Shaftesbury and Sherborne areas at the following locations:
The Garden Room, Stour Row, near Shaftesbury
The Clinic, 56 London Road, Milborne Port, Sherborne.
The Clinic has disabled access and is close to public transport.
I work on behalf of a number of private healthcare organisations including Bupa, Nuffield, Aviva and Axa PPP. If you have private healthcare with one of these organisations please speak to your GP and your provider. Please also contact me for more information.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer telephone and Skype counselling. I also work on behalf of a number of private healthcare organisations such as Bupa, Nuffield, Aviva and Axa PPP.
I charge £47 per session.
I also offer concessions depending on your circumstances. The fee payable can be discussed and negotiated before a first meeting.
I understand that starting counselling can be a big and somewhat daunting step. If you think counselling may help you then please do get in touch. I am here to answer any question you may have and to provide you with more information. You can email or call me on 07904440159. Hopefully I can answer your questions and provide more information.
I am currently available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Telephone, Skype and some evening appointments are also available.