Jacqui Avanzato MBACP (Accredited)
I am here to provide a safe place for you to come and work through the things that are on your mind or are making you feel unhappy.
My substantial training and experience draws from a number of different theories and techniques that will be tailored to meet your individual needs.
We will work together to develop a safe, open and positive relationship within which you can explore who you are, why this is and how this affects what you feel and do.
Time to express difficult emotions and increase personal insight provides relief and clarity, and this new perspective will reveal choices that can result in real and positive change to the things that matter to you.
I never take for granted how hard it can be for people to engage with this kind of work, the challenges my clients have faced and the substantial investment they make when returning each week, in the hope of feeling a little more content or having more clarity in their lives.
I therefore take very seriously my commitment to provide you with the very best therapeutic experience. And, as an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I practise within a strict code of ethics and maintain a highly professional standard of work.
In addition to my private practice, I am a counsellor for the NHS IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) Unit in North London. I also worked at the Royal Institute for the Blind in London.
If you are interested in working with me, please get in touch.
After a brief telephone call we will meet for an initial assessment. This is a chance for me to gauge if I am the best person to help you and also for you to see if I am someone you would like to work with.
We will develop a clear goal, timescales and treatment plan, building in regular reviews to ensure we remain focused on getting what you want out of your sessions.
Counselling can seem mysterious, perhaps daunting, especially if this is your first time. Please do not hesitate to call me, without obligation, if you have any questions about what I do or how I work, before you make up your mind to meet me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative therapy which places clients as the experts in themselves, their problems and the solutions - not the therapist! My approach also absorbs theories, tools and techniques from a number of other therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Transactional Analysis.
I have since become an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which recognises my achieving high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.
I have also obtained qualification in 'Counselling for Depression' at the Metanoia Institute. This is a specific NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approved treatment for depression often only available within a NHS setting.
I have worked previously at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, as part of a GP surgery team, and now with a NHS IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) service in North London.
Alongside my private practice, these settings continue to build on a wide wealth of experience, supervision and training that enabling me to work competently with many different cultures, topics and degrees of emotional distress and life challenges.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I currently offer a FREE initial assessment designed to give you the opportunity to meet me and decide if my service feels right for you.
After this, my standard fee is £60.00 for 50 minutes, rising to £65 for evening slots.
I also believe in making therapy accessible for as many people as possible and therefore offer some reduced cost sessions of £45.00 for students and those on low incomes.
Please contact me for full details.
I offer short or long term therapy. We will usually meet at my clinic in NW4. Disabled access is available, please call me to confirm your requirements.
Video call / online therapy may also be available, subject to suitability.