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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5

About me

People often don't know what to expect when they think about coming to see a counsellor, but most discover that being allowed to talk through the things that are troubling them within a safe and supportive environment with a skilled listener can have far-reaching effects on their lives and the lives of those dear to them. 

Facilitating people to find their way out of difficulties and emotional pain, to a deeper understanding of themselves and others and to find meaning in their lives once more or perhaps for the first time are some of the benefits of the therapy I have offered to my clients. 

I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, which means that where necessary I will assist clients in understanding their current difficulties in light of earlier experiences which may also need to be worked through therapeutically. Therapy is a collaborative exploration and a process which evolves through the therapist and client working together to enable true healing, insight, growth and transformation.  Where appropriate, I also refer to other therapeutic models, particularly compassion-focused therapy and cognitive methods (in which I have further training), which can be very helpful for my clients.

I am a qualified, experienced and accredited counsellor and I work with a broad range of issues as listed below, but in therapy tend to think about the whole person and their life experiences and so am more likely to understand specific issues as one aspect of a much broader context.

I work in Cambridge (currently offering zoom appointments only) and offer brief and longer-term counselling. I provide a safe, non-judgemental and empathic environment where you can feel at ease discussing and exploring the experiences that have brought you to seek professional help. I have over 14 years of experience in various settings, including charities, EAP services and within the Student Counselling Service at Cambridge University.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Cambridge. This training was accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a registered, accredited member of BACP (MBACP Accred.) and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

I have worked within the Cambridge University Counselling Service for 5 years, prior to this I worked privately and within a charitable counselling organisation. I currently work privately and for Employee Assistance Programmes.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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

Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

I offer a lower fee for the initial introductory session (£45.00).

Subsequent sessions are £55.00, unless a concessionary rate has been agreed.

When I work

My hours of work are between 8am and 2pm Monday-Friday.

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme
Jacqueline Alden

Jacqueline Alden