Jacqui Empson-High, Counsellor and Supervisor
Hello, my name is Jacqui and I am an experienced Person-Centred counsellor offering general counselling and with particular interest and experience in bereavement and losses of all kinds including bereavement by suicide, sudden trauma and loss of a companion animal/pet.
I come from a nursing background and work with any health related issues but cancer and end of life care are areas I particularly like to work with. This also includes anxiety around health and illness.
Loss can include redundancy, miscarriage, abortion and anything that leaves a sense of emptiness that is hard to explain or cope with.
I also have an interest in working creatively within the Person-Centred approach.
I offer counselling to individual adults at my home in Tharston, near Wymondham & Long Stratton and at a clinic in central Norwich if this is easier.
I can now offer one-to-one face-to-face session via secure and confidential video link using VSee for those unable to leave home or with transport issues or wish to work with me on a specific issue countrywide. If you are interested please contact me for further details.
I offer supervision to other therapists either face to face or via the VSee video platform and work from a Person-Centred approach offering supervisees an empathic, understanding and congruent relationship for them to explore their client work.
I am also a poet and offer writing for wellbeing to individuals, groups and other therapists. This can be as a dedicated session or series of workshops or incorporated into a counselling session on request. I also offer writing for wellbeing workshops as CPD for therapists.
I can now also offer supervision to writers/therapists using writing for therapeutic purposes / therapeutic writing / writing for wellbeing with groups or individuals. Writers may not have an additional counselling qualification and may find difficult or complex mental health issues may emerge that they may not feel confident to handle or they may be unsure of when or if to signpost to other, more appropriate mental health services. Supervision in this arena with an experienced counsellor and writer is a source of support for the practitioner and is often via video link.
I would enjoy the opportunity to talk with you to see if we can work together to help you find your way through your problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a nurse in 1979 but left that profession in the 1980's having specialised for many years in cancer nursing and end of life care. This experience enables me to work effectively with cancer patients, families and friends from pre-diagnosis to end of life and beyond for the family. I found myself using counselling skills a great deal in this situation.
I obtained the Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of East Anglia in 2000. I had previously been trained by Cruse Bereavement Care in 1997 and volunteered as a counsellor with them for 10 years. I offered In-service training and assisted with the initial training course from 2002 - 2006.
In 2016 I undertook a training course in and obtained a BACP Endorsed Certificate in Clinical Supervision .
I have also undertaken university studies in History of Art obtaining a BA(Hons) in the subject in 1990 fuelling my interest in creative therapy. I took a weekend course with Natalie Rogers, creator of Person-Centred Expressive Therapy in 2003 and have incorporated these ideas into my work.
My interest in the therapeutic benefits of creative working, particularly writing, has been with me since my teenage years and in 2013 I went to Ty Newydd in Wales to undertake a Writing in Health and Social Care course to consolidate my work as a poet, using writing as therapy and increase my understanding of this growing field and the research evidence for its effectiveness in maintaining wellbeing. I am a published poet and have been writing for over 45 years.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Bereavement through loss of a companion animal/pet
Bereavement by suicide and/or other sudden traumatic events and complex grief issues
Anxiety around health and illness
Writing for Wellbeing for groups or individuals as well as within organisations as part of Workplace Health and Wellbeing
Counselling support for the dying and their families
For individuals my fees are £50 a session and sessions last 50 minutes to an hour depending on the venue we use. The same price applies to videoconferencing sessions.
For our first, introductory session of 50 minutes/one hour the fee is £20. The same fee applies to videoconferencing sessions.
I offer a reduced fee for students, NHS staff and those in receipt of benefits and this is negotiated on an individual basis if I have concessionary spaces available.
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am open to negotiating a reduced fee if you are in financial difficulty due to the lockdown
Fees for groups are £60 per session after the introductory session of £30.
Supervision fees are:
First exploratory meeting - if we continue working together then it is included in the first full hour fee - otherwise a fee of £20 will be charged for that session
£50 per hour and £75 per 1.5 hours. If booked as a block of 2 sessions I offer a fee of £70 for qualified and accredited practitioners. I offer a reduced rate for trainees and newly qualified practitioners and these are negotiated on an individual basis.
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am open to negotiating a fee if you are in financial difficulty.
Fees for CPD or other items are agreed on an individual basis.
Concessions offered for
I am a member of the BACP and have ongoing supervision and continue with my own personal and professional development with further courses and training.
I have undertaken a short course in online and telephone counselling recently
I am fully insured and have been DBS checked.