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MSc, BA (Hons), Dip Couns, MBACP Reg, DBT Therapist

About me

A Masters Graduate in Behavioural Healthcare Science from Newcastle University - I am an experienced therapist with over 12 years experience. I have private rooms in Sandwich, (Kent) , London - Harley Street and Halstead in North Essex. I also work online.

My professional orientation is Psychodynamic. I work with clients struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, adult survivors of child abuse and many other areas. I am skilled in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne I have lived and worked in Kent,  Essex, Clapham,  Ireland, Solihull and Turkey. 

I have an Honours Degree in Epidemiology & Anthropology, A Masters in Public Health Medicine. that included Behavioural Healthcare Science. I have conducted original research into smoking cessation and other topics. I am a Registered member of the BACP https://www.bacp.co.uk and of the Society for the Study of Addiction : https://www.addiction-ssa.org/

A former University Lecturer in Behavioural Healthcare, I combine academic rigour with a warm , down to earth approach in the therapy room.

~  If you are facing a difficult time,  I would like to support you in the process of beginning therapy and making the changes you hope for.

Reasons for seeking therapy.

Clients come to therapy for very individual reasons:

• Stressful life events – a change of status perhaps brought about by bereavement, separation, divorce, becoming a parent or change in employment.

• Difficulty coping with day-to-day life – recurring patterns of thought, feelings or behaviour may have become troubling.

• General low mood, sadness or depression that may be difficult to put into words

• Symptoms such as anxiety, panic and phobia, low self-confidence, anger, and trauma. I also work with sexual issues - individual to each person, couple or other. 

I also offer couples counselling and work regularly and effectively with heartbreak.

Training, qualifications & experience.

I have a strong academic background as a London trained Psychotherapist, educated to Masters Degree level. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I have over 11 years therapeutic experience working within a number of private and public sector settings including some of the UK's most prestigious private mental health clinics. I have also provided specialist trauma therapy within the UK NHS and prison services. I have helped many different clients over the years overcome or learn to manage complex issues such as:  addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, sexual issues, chat room, pornography addiction, psychosexual issues and bereavement problems.

Whilst fully conversant in many areas I specialise in addiction, relationship/couples counselling, factitious disorder, parentification/enmeshment, cults and sexual offenders.

My style of working is based on a humanistic and psychodynamic theoretical approach. What this means is that I offer an exploratory style of therapy based on sound research  that we are shaped by events and relationships in our formative years. My style of working may explore past events as well as important relationships and attachment issues in the present.

I have a longstanding experience of working with issues related to cults, issues with childhood abuse/neglect and intercultural counselling including racially motivated abuse. I am experienced in systemic organisational and religious abuse. Each individual is unique and important and the entire process is confidential.My clients range from those in the public eye to others who are not. I have featured on live TV's 'The Woman Show' on an expert panel on Sex Addiction'.

I reserve concessionary discount for student counsellors.

I offer Dialectical Behavioural Therapy /DBT, one to one therapy, couples counselling - with a specialist interest in behaviour change.

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) looks to help those who experience emotions very intensely. This approach was developed in the late 80s by U.S psychologist Marsha M. Linehan. Originally created to help people with borderline personality disorder, DBT is now the first line approach for a number of mental health conditions.

Here we’ll look at the goals of dialectical behavioural therapy, the four modules of DBT and what to expect in a session.

What is DBT?
Dialectical behavioural therapy, or DBT for short, is a therapy designed to help you manage difficult emotions. The aim is to help you learn how to accept these emotions and regulate them so you are better able to change any behaviour that may be harmful or unhealthy.

Dialectics’ means balancing opposing positions and seeing how they can go together. For example, in DBT you will be working towards finding a balance between acceptance (accepting your emotions and who you are) and change (making positive changes to your behaviour and life).

To help create this balance, acceptance and change techniques are used.

Once you have a greater understanding of why you behave in certain ways, you can look to make positive change. The techniques used here help to replace unwanted behaviours with more positive behaviours. For example you can start to challenge negative thought patterns and learn how to develop a more balanced approach.


Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Anthropology & Epidemiology - University of Newcastle. 1983. 
  • MSc Behavioural Healthcare Science. University of Newcastle. 2001.
  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Lambeth College London. 2012 -Dip. (L4)
  • DBT Training  'Training the Trainers' - 12 week intensive with US Marsha Linehan, Behavioural Tech trainers. 2015.
  • Open University. Addiction & Neural Ageing.  15 hour Masters level module.  2020.
  • Certificate in Dealing with Distress, Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation. Carolyn Spring PODS Training. June 2020.
  • Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. June 2020
  • Addictions Therapist. Perry Clayman Project, London. 2012 - 2013
  • Addictions Therapist. Open Road. Essex. 2014 - 15
  • Addictions Therapist. Sanctuary Lodge, Essex. 2015 -17
  • Senior Therapist & Trauma Lead, Promis Clinics. Jan 2018 - Oct 2020

I hold current Professional Liability and Indemnity Insurance, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) certification and I am fully registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a data controller. As a registered MBACP member I am bound by their ethical and confidentiality guidelines.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

People at a crossroads in their lives. Dissatisfaction with life, Couples counselling, Loss and change, alienation and isolation

  • Shame, self-criticism, feelings of inadequacy and under achievement in life
  • Childhood neglect and related issues
  • Workplace issues
  • Sexual Identity Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
  • Cultural identity and displacement
  • People affected by suicide
  • People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
  • Adults whose parents are/were addicts/alcoholics
  • All addictions (drugs/alcohol, sexual, internet porn, shopping, addictive relationships..etc..)
  • People involved in 12-Step Recovery Programs'

Therapies Offered

DBT - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Family/Systemic Therapy
Humanistic Therapies
Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic


From £120.00 to £180.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • General individual, face to face counselling in Sandwich Kent/Chelmsford or Frinton on Sea Essex : £120 per hour
  • General individual counselling in London: £150.00 per hour
  • Couples counselling : £180.00 per session Kent/Essex/Online, £200:00 London.
  • Online DBT sessions - from £100 (single) , - £180 (couples)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work Mon to Fri. & weekends by appointment.  I work until 9pm on Mon & Tues.

Please contact me for availability.

Please note there is a fee difference for different locations.

Further information

Client Testimonials

''Jackie demonstrated such genuine empathy during our one to one and group sessions. I felt understood, connected, and safe talking about the most vulnerable parts of myself. Her advice was always exactly what I needed to hear, even when it was the hard truth. I appreciated our sessions and how she brought new perspective and clarity to my situation around recovery and my mental health . Jackie enabled me to find the missing pieces around my recovery , it hasn’t been a straight road but I’m a million miles away from that space I was in and Jackie has a lot to do with that ! You can use my first name , I don’t need to be anonymous''. Regards Wayne M.

''I saw Jackie under sufferance, as penance perhaps for a failed suicide attempt. Years of alcohol and medication abuse, chronic insomnia, anxiety and numerous other challenges from the psychotherapist handbook. I spent a year with her, once a week being guided to understand the events that made for such a chaotic and dysfunctional life. Once that was done, Jackie armed me with the tools to step forward and recognise the signs which would have me step back. I owe her more than perhaps modesty would have her realise. An outstanding counsellor who always knew when I was dodging the issue.  - JJ

''Firstly to thank you for all the incredible help over the recent months. I’ve learnt so much about myself and my behaviours in my sessions with you, and I leave with a lot of learnings and tools. Thanks again Jackie, I will never be grateful enough to thank you, for your insight and support. - NL''

I highly recommend Jackie in many ways as a professional, and also as a person- while dedicated to her work with deep seriousness her vibrant personality and, mindfully used by Jackie only when appropriate, wonderful sense humour makes Jackie a joy to be around''. Scott R.

Sandwich, Kent, CT13

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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