Jacqueline Connaughton MBACP - Individual Counselling & Clinical Supervision
Staveley Natural Health Centre
Unit 10, Staveley Mill Yard
Vitality For Life
2 Dimples Lane
Empowering You To Flourish
A warm welcome awaits you at my practice.
Hello, I am Jackie, a Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer, practising in the north Lancashire and South Lakes area.
I am a professional, qualified counsellor, who is knowledgeable and experienced in various mental health matters. I have special interest in the field of burnout/compassion fatigue and the impact of trauma.
If you are experiencing any of the following, no matter how small or big, please get in touch and together we can work to find a resolution that suits you.
Angst in daily life can get to the point where it controls your whole existence, preventing you from being able to even carry out even routine tasks. At this point life can seem meaningless. Anxiety can blight your life and make things seem worse than what they really are thus preventing you from facing your fears.
Counselling can help you gain:
- An understanding what is causing your anxiety
Your own individual toolkit to manage anxiety
Help to reset your nervous system back to a healthier ability to function
A sense of greater relaxation
More control in your daily life
Confidence in yourself and more able to manage with situations
Do you feel a loss of interest in life? No longer getting any joy from what you do? Feeling isolated from the world? Eating and sleeping patterns have changed? BUT you don’t know why….
Counselling can provide:
- A supportive environment
Help to understand your depression
Exploration of your thinking patterns
Help you find new coping skills
Understand triggers and practice coping techniques that reduce symptoms
A sense that you are not alone on your journey to recovery
Trauma / Sexual Abuse / Childhood Abuse
Trauma of any kind is an emotional injury from which you can recover and regain control back in your life. Trauma is the result of an extraordinarily stressful event that shatters your sense of security, making you feel helpless, powerless and vulnerable in your life. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic.
When the mind is overwhelmed by trauma, it struggles to recognise the event or events as over, as being a past memory. For someone who is traumatised, it can be experienced as ‘ongoing’, ‘happening right now’, in the ‘present’ moment.
The oppressive act of another person can leave you feeling bewildered, lost, anxious, depressed, lonely, crushed, isolated, devastated, demoralised…. The emotions associated with what you have been subjected to can overwhelm you and possibly leave you feeling as if you are ‘cracking up’ or ‘going mad.’ This is not the case!
This is where counselling can be useful to you:
- It's a safe place for you to voice your feelings without the fear of being judged for it
Help you to express your bottled up feelings safely
Identify and manage triggers
Build up your self esteem
Learn and develop a variety of self-care strategies to help you in day to day life.Provide therapeutic strategies that are specific to your needs
Empowers you to:
Feel more stable
Care for yourself
Repair relationships to others
Believe in a better today/tomorrow
Provides information and support to better understand and cope when feeling a range of emotions
Gives help with self harm or destructive thoughts
Become more resilient
Learn skills to help influence how you feel
Empowers you to move forward by living a fuller, more rewarding and happier life
The loss of your loved one can be like having your heart torn out… the world you once knew and planned turned upside down and inside out… leaving you bewildered and alone; adrift at sea with no direction….
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance are some of the stages yo the bereaved person, can go through. The grief stages do not occur in order and can switch back and forth between the stages.
Grief is a normal process of life and not one we can escape, but it does not have to last forever.
With the right emotional support you can:
- Eventually find a peace within yourself to be able to hold your memories and recall them with love and peace, not anguish and pain;
Learn to accept the low days with good days.
Accept your feelings, listen to your needs and allow yourself to adapt and grow.
Improve your self care.
Establish healthy coping strategies.
Feel less alone.
See that it is possible to live again without betraying your loved one.
If you can imagine a plant being fed and watered, it’s similar to what happens in counselling – you learn to meet your needs, you grow and expand, you blossom and you develop but not until you have given grief the time it needs. Be kind to yourself and seek the help available.
Anyone’s life can change instantaneously for many reasons but none more so than if you are diagnosed with a life changing illness or condition. This may include the nature of the illness, its severity and the treatment involved, or the need to process what you have endured during your treatment . You may experience shock, denial and disbelief. The future you once envisaged has been taken from you and replaced with something unrecognisable. The world you knew is suddenly changed and you are now surrounded by an environment that is unknown, your body no longer feels like it belongs to you, medical phrases - a different language, the changes to your body, fear of the unknown, having undergone treatment you feel alone, scared and abandoned…
You or the person caring for you; a loved one or family member or friend. All of you are impacted by the illness and the adaptations that are needed; from struggle, to acceptance, to finding a way to manage, to emotionally/physically come to terms with the situation, to finding a way forward and making sense of and finding a meaning to life.
Therapy is one place that you can find solace in, no demands, no need to pretend, just simply be who you are and where you are emotionally, total acceptance of you and your circumstances.
Together in a therapeutic alliance here are some of the things you can obtain:
- Find the answers that are important to you and your life
Enable you to talk about your fear of death
Acknowledge your qualities
Gain emotional support when you are challenged by circumstances
Emotionally re-evaluate as adjustments are required
Establish a sense of purpose and direction
FiView the person you are and not the identity a chronic illness can bring
Help to live a more fulfilled life
As a carer of a loved one, who is there for you? Fear can overtake your life, yet you try and put on a brave front. Who listens, who notices, who cares for you? Perhaps you feel guilty for having these thoughts. However, they are a natural response to the demands and stress that you have to manage. Do your own needs get put to one side?
- Strengthen your ability to manage stressful situations
Help reduce anxiety, fear and depression
Lessen the fear of uncertainty
Allow you to be with someone who is emotionally supportive but is impartial to what is going on
Be a safe container to express how it is for you
Improve communication skills
Help prevent burnout for the caregiver
Improve your wellbeing
Somewhere in our world we hear the words ‘burnout’ ‘compassion fatigue’ ‘stress.’ Does anyone in your personal and/or working life fully understand what it means or feels like to be burnout or on the road heading towards it? Have you ever felt that your work settings are high in demands but low in resources? Do you ever feel tired, emotionally empty, no longer caring, becoming cynical, lack of motivation? You are not alone! Reach out and start taking the positive steps towards preventing burnout or recovering from it.
Benefits of seeking therapeutic help and support:
- Improve your emotional and physical health
Individualised self care toolkit
Manage thoughts and feelings more effectively
Motivate yourself to relieve stress and burnout
Opportunity to rediscover who you are, what you want and get your vitality back on track
Improved relationships within your working, home and social life
Re-evaluate your personal goals
Enhanced skills in problem solving
Make practical plans that meet your needs and take steps to implement them
Learn to give yourself permission to rest and recover
Increased confidence in your capabilities
Increase your overall health and wellbeing
Being a foster carer can be a hugely rewarding role but can equally leave you, the carer, emotionally and physically exhausted. This is NOT a sign that you are not doing a good enough caring role, but that you ARE human and that sometimes we all need a little extra support.
The children and young people you care for, all come to you with a broken background that has impacted on their ability to trust and form relationships. They need you know more than ever, that you will stand by them and go the extra mile.
Having worked directly with children and young people who were looked after in care, I am in a position to support you, the carer.
I am aware how these young people will test you beyond your limits, know how to press your buttons and above all make you feel like you are not doing a good job or are worthless…
In my counselling room, I can provide you with:
- Strategies to manage situations with greater ease
Understanding the cycle you and your foster child can so easily get caught up in and a way out for both of you
Knowledge of the impact trauma and losses has on a child’s development and the effect this can have on the forming of attachments
Ways to meet a child's delayed developmental needs
Helping to make links between early experience and behavioural difficulties
An understanding of what secondary trauma is and how this could lead to placement breakdown and/or burnout
Improving self care
Exploration of different parenting styles
Improved communication between you and your foster child
The necessary space to talk about the complexities of being a foster carer, without any judgements and in addition, allows you to be more effective in your caring profession
Please feel free to contact me and seek the help and support that you deserve. It is an opportunity for us to meet, where we can decide the best way forward and for you to see if my approach is what you require.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I use an Integrative approach to my Counselling work, that is underpinned by Person Centred qualities, in which I trained and qualified in.
I have undertaken various roles within my career as a Counsellor, working with individuals who have experienced loss, attachment difficulties and trauma. In addition to this, I have undertaken extensive training in this specialist area, which I am more than happy to discuss further with you.
My working life has involved various roles working within the charity and private sectors. This has ranged from offering one to one sessions, child protection helplines, rape crisis, to managing and supervising a team.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their guidelines and code of conduct; and you can find me on their member’s directory.
I am also a member of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation and registered with PODS (Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors) and a member of TAG (Trauma & Abuse Group).
I receive regular Clinical Supervision and attend Peer Group Supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Burnout & Recovery
- Compassion Fatigue
I offer face to face Counselling and Supervision.
My first half hour consultation meeting with you will be half price; if you decide that you wish to continue for the full session then the fee will be in full, as per a 50 min or 90 min session.
Counselling £45.00 per 50 min session
Supervision £65.00 per 90 min session
Payment is respectfully requested at the end of each session.
Receipts are provided for all payments.
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Supervision & training
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