Jacky Adams Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, MBACP
Hello and welcome to my page on the counselling directory. I offer counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to people in Lewes, Hove and Brighton.
I specialise in anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder and generalised anxiety (the 'What if' syndrome) and am also experienced in working with clients with depression, eating issues, low self esteem and relationship difficulties.
As well as a thriving private practice I also work part time at the NHS, offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for clients with anxiety and/or depression and those with low self esteem.
At our initial session we can discuss whether CBT or counselling would be more suitable for you or possibly a combination of both approaches.
There are many reasons why you might be considering counselling/CBT at the moment. For lots of people, going to seek help is in itself a big step. My role is to offer you a safe space in which you can feel listened to, supported and helped in moving forward in your life. Perhaps you are struggling at the moment with anxiety or depression, feeling overwhelmed and with nowhere to turn. Or perhaps you have developed some unhealthy coping mechanisms- using food as a source of comfort, numbing out on alcohol, watching hours of mindless TV.
Whatever is bothering you, I am here to help. Together we will explore what is going on for you, what is causing you difficulties in your life. By creating a safe space together, I will enable you to talk about your deepest thoughts and feelings, helping you to connect once again with your true self. Who are you right now? What do you want from life? Is there a better way of being in the world?
What I will offer you is the experience of really being listened to, of being understood and of being truly valued as a human being. You matter. Your life matters and together we can work towards you becoming the you that is more content, more fulfilled and more in charge of his or her own life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Teenagers
Post Graduate Cert in Special Needs (Behavioural problems)
Post Graduate Cert in Education (English)
Originally trained as a teacher of students with Special Needs I went on to study as a counsellor and then undertook further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am now offering counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to both adults and young people. I work at the NHS part time as a CBT therapist specialising in anxiety and depression.
Additionally I have experience of working with the national bereavement organisation Cruse and have been able to support clients as they journey through the process of grief. Grief affects us all differently but sometimes having a non-judgemental listening ear can help us get through the dark days ahead.
Some of the most common presenting issues that I see tend to cluster around the areas of anxiety and depression. These ways of being can have an enormous impact on people's lives and counselling can help people to understand more about their experience and to tap into their own ability to self-heal. My role is to stand alongside you and support you through your experiences so that you can move towards a fuller, more satisfying life.
Counselling teenagers or counselling children often involves a more creative way of work. I might choose to introduce some sand tray experiences, enabling your teenager or child to engage in symbolic work in which it may feel safer for them to express what they are feeling. Other possibilities include puppet work, use of art materials or life story experiences. I select which method I use according to the needs of the child or teenager with whom I am working. I am skilled at facilitating therapeutic relationships and my experience both as a teacher and as a mother, enable me to understand the developmental needs of young people. I have an enhanced DBS certificate which means I have no criminal convictions and can work with children and young people. Additionally I have safeguarding training in working with young people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
£50 per 50 minutes
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