Jackie Barrett. Registered MBACP
Life is not always plain sailing. There may be events which have occurred or are anticipated to occur which leave us feeling like our very foundation has been shaken and we need some help to process it all. Or we may not even know why we are feeling the way we do. Sometimes things can feel unmentionable to family and friends or we need the skill and support of somebody who will understand and is equipped to help us. That's when counselling can be really valuable.
It is my aim to accompany you on your journey towards restoring hope, healing and wholeness. I offer a holistic approach, which explores your physical self, your emotions and thought life, the choices and actions that you make and your spiritual area of being (if wanted), with the view that if one area is experiencing difficulty, it can affect all the other areas of you too.
As we can become wounded through the context of relationships, we can also find healing through the context of relationship. I seek to offer a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental service. It is my hope that you will feel unconditionally accepted and valued, regardless of what you have done, what others have done or told you, what beliefs you hold or how you view yourself. This applies no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or religion you hold.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling and have nine years experience of counselling teenagers and adults. This has been in private practice. I also have six years experience of counselling children through a play therapy approach. Two of these years was working with the charity Place2Be, the following two years in private practice, based in a primary school in Tunbridge Wells and I currently see children as well as adults and teens in my room in Tunbridge Wells High Street.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, hold a Certificate of Proficiency with them and am listed on their Accredited Voluntary Register. I am also an accredited member of the Association of Christian Counsellors and of the National Counselling Society. I am a member of TAG: Trauma and Abuse Group. As part of my Continuous Professional Development, I have attended courses with a variety of organisations including Deep Release.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £35 per session.
As everybody is different and the reasons for coming to counselling are all different too, the amount of time that somebody spends in counselling is also different. By nature I tend to view all counselling as medium to long term therapy but that by no means excludes those who are able to benefit from shorter term therapy if there is a limited time scale in play. Sessions normally take place at the same time each week; lasting for one hour.
A limited number of concessionary places are held and so please do enquire as to whether such a place is available should you need to.
Please get in touch via email or phone if you would like to have an initial, non-obligatory meeting with me. Here you will be able to ask me any questions and find out more about the way that I work, helping you decide whether you wish to proceed with counselling. In turn, I will ask you some questions, which will include why you are seeking counselling and what your goals for counselling would be. This background information helps me to ensure that I will be the best person to work with you. I charge £10 for this.
As no two people are the same and what approach may suit one person may not necessarily suit another, I work integratively which means that I incorporate several different ways of working, including Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory, Inner Child Work, Creative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Spiritual Formation, should you wish for that. This occurs through a collaborative process, which means that you make your own goals for what you seek to get out of counselling and this is reviewed periodically. Any method of working which I think may be of help to facilitate your journey is always offered and explained to you and is not compulsory to partake in.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday day time appointments available. Evening appointments are available Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I supervise counsellors, student counsellors, learning mentors and non-counselling professionals.