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About me

Counselling can be a daunting prospect but it is a very positive step for many people. Most of us experience difficulties at some time in our lives and our life issue can often feel impossible to change or overcome. A counselling relationship, with the right person, can allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and wishes concerning your life. It can be a space to come and experience the freedom to express how difficult things are, whilst being part of a secure relationship.

I offer a warm and confidential place for you to be heard without judgement.  As a person centred counsellor, I strongly believe in human resourcefulness. I believe that given the best environment possible, people can feel able to explore areas of their lives, at a pace which suits them.  Allowing ourselves the time and space to explore our issue/difficulty enables us to start the pathway to understanding.  Taking the decision, making ourself a priority and allowing the time to connect with a counsellor is very often the best step forward.

I entered the counselling profession after a twenty year career looking after young people accommodated by the local authority, further education teaching and education development work. Employed in these roles, I developed a firm belief that we all have a right to a feeling of wellbeing in our lives. I recall my professional counselling training and found it to be a very enlightening and fulfilling period. I work as a counsellor in order that I can be a part of bringing this into the lives of others. In our work I endeavour to build with you, a trusting and safe relationship, one which works to create understanding and positive change.

Over the last thirteen years, my counselling experience has been in both the voluntary and private sectors working with young people and adults. Whilst working within four charities, I spent time with families experiencing homelessness and poverty and specialising in work with adults who had experienced child/adult sexual abuse. Within the third charity, I offered support to people recovering from an addiction and people at risk of sexual exploitation. I later worked in a local hospice for adults and children offering bereavement counselling. I currently work in private practice, counselling 1:1 and training groups. I have a particular interest in working with both anxiety issues and chronic pain.  My interest lies in helping people understand how repressed difficult/painful emotions can show up in our bodies in the form of painful symptoms. The developments in neuroscience over the last two decades has made our understanding of chronic pain much more comprehensive.  I am passionate about working with and helping people understand how the brain and nervous system effect our experience of pain, be that in the form of anxiety, depression or a physical pain manifestation.

I work to offer a genuine relationship with my clients, one which enables them to progress on in their lives in a more accepting way. I also endeavour to offer the psychoeducation to clients so that they have a much deeper understanding of their nervous system and how to befriend it. I am a fully qualified counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I have solid experience in a range of settings and have worked professionally with both young people and adults. I work within the ethical framework of the BACP and fully respect its guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Degree Social Policy
  • Level 5 Fd. Degree in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificate
  • Safeguarding Adults Training
  • Further Safeguarding
  • Creative Therapeutic Skills
  • Sexual Abuse Training
  • Formulation to Intervention Training
  • Bereavement & Loss Training
  • Spirituality Training
  • Psychopharmacology & Counselling
  • Professional Training in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness
  • Breathwork and Mindfulness Training
  • Stress Illness Chronic Pain Recovery Training 
  • Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Full Insurance

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45.00 per (50-min ) counselling session

£40 per counselling session for counselling students

When I work

9am-6pm Mon-Thurs. Some evening appointments available.

Further information

I work with my clients in a way  that suits their schedule and life.  We may meet 1:1, speak on the phone or via Skype/Zoom.  

Some reflections from two past clients:

‘Having worried that my problems were too small or insignificant to bring to counselling, Jackie’s warmth and reassuring presence soon assured me that they were not. The supportive space she created allowed me the opportunity to make an important investment in myself. Having once felt stuck, I have found a confidence and a trust in myself which has opened up a whole array of new possibilities for me in life. I have found working with Jackie in counselling to be a truly transformative experience which I would recommend to anyone. Anon. 

I have found Jackie to be a fantastic listener, professional and personable. She offers a space where any thought can be voiced, with no judgement made. She offers steadfast support through the difficult periods. Counselling is possibly the best thing I have done in my life as I can see possibilities opening up for me which were impossibilities years before. Anon. 

Stockton On Tees, County Durham, TS19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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