Jacqui Miller

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Therapeutic Counsellor; MBACP; Dip Couns; Azure Dragonfly
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Devizes SN10 & Trowbridge BA14
Available for new clients
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About me

Jacqui Miller - Azure Dragonfly Counselling

I am a qualified, experienced, and registered (MBACP) therapeutic counsellor. I work as an integrative counsellor, which means that I can draw on different elements from a variety of psychological theories and approaches - giving you opportunities to work in a way that feels right for you. 

My core approach is humanistic - I believe we all have the ability to unlock our inner potential and to achieve the changes we want to achieve. In doing that it often helps to have the right kind of support and that's where counselling comes in. 

My work is informed by counselling training, psychological learning and research, lived experience, and a commitment to professional and personal development.

I believe that counselling can transform lives - helping us to manage difficult emotions, negotiate challenging life experiences, and change unwanted thoughts and behaviours. 

Counselling sessions are as individual as you are

Sessions can help you to explore the issues that are important to you, and to reflect on factors that influence the way you think and feel.

Whatever you bring to counselling, sessions can be structured in a way that suits you. We can explore your life experiences and the contexts in which they occurred, we can focus on the present and how your life is being impacted now, or we can look at the whole picture - the combined effect of all these aspects is unique and personal to you. The important thing is that how much, or how little, you share is your decision, and when you share it is your choice.

How can I help you?

Counselling can open up new possibilities, boost confidence, resilience, and self-esteem, and improve mental health and physical wellbeing. With the right therapeutic relationship counselling has the capacity to be life-changing. 

To help you achieve your counselling goals, I can offer you compassion, support, openness, and acceptance, and will collaborate with you in creating an environment that feels safe to explore your experiences at your own pace. 

Some examples of how I can help

Managing stress / anxiety:

Often, when we are in situations of real or perceived danger, our brains and bodies try to protect us from the impact of stress by triggering automatic reactions. These may be effective in the short-term but, if they keep being triggered, over the long-term the system can forget to switch off - leaving us exhausted, physically uncomfortable, and feeling like we're on high-alert all the time. In sessions, exploring strategies that can help in the long-term, and exploring the root cause of what keeps triggering this automatic system, can help you regain control of anxious thoughts and help your brain and body recalibrate. 

Living with depression / low mood:

Sometimes we feel that we can't open up to friends and family because we don't want to burden them with our problems. We might feel that our thoughts and feelings are private and we just don't feel comfortable sharing them with other people. Alternatively, we may be feeling low and just not know why. In these situations, having a space where you can discuss your concerns with a professional gives you the opportunity to really explore what is happening for you - in a confidential environment, in safety, with support, and without fear of judgement. 

Managing the impact of mental distress / disconnection / trauma:

Many clients experiencing mental distress tell me that they feel disconnected in some way -  sometimes from other people but often within themselves. Emotions like guilt, shame, fear and despair rarely respond to reason and logic, and this can leave us feeling as if we have lost control over our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Using talk-therapy I can help you to explore these reactions, find ways to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, and work towards reintegrating those parts that feel disconnected. My work is trauma-informed and you will be supported to work through the counselling process safely and at a pace that feels right for you. 

Building confidence and improving self-esteem:

Sometimes in life we believe we're not 'good enough', and feel unable to live up to expectations - either our own, or other people's. When our inner voice keeps reinforcing this idea, it can become very limiting, and impact on our mental health and self esteem. We might have to work hard at hiding our feelings, at pleasing other people, or 'fitting in', and the person we present to the world can seem like a mask hiding our true inner self. This can be exhausting and confusing - making us wonder 'who is the real me?' In counselling sessions I can help you to explore and focus on the different parts that make up your identity, find out what motivates them, and help them to work together rather than in isolation. Understanding and feeling comfortable with who we are can improve our openness, our confidence, and can increase our self-esteem.

Unsure if online counselling is right for you?

All sessions are online - I am a registered therapeutic counsellor. I have had additional training and experience in using Zoom for digital counselling sessions. The process itself is not really any different to in-person, and working online means I can offer you convenience and flexibility when booking appointments. Unrestricted by location, I can provide a welcoming, safe, and professional online space to anyone with internet access living anywhere in the UK. 

"A massive study, involving more than 27,500 people here in the U.K., has found that talking to your therapist online is just as helpful as seeing someone face-to-face. Not only that, but it also cuts costs and reduces waiting lists"  ~ Psychology Today, posted September 17, 2023

Please visit my website for more information, resources, and booking information: https://azure-dragonfly-counselling.co.uk

Thank you for your interest.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) inc. Biological Psychology & Child Development
  • Level 4 - BACP accredited Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (cpcab)
  • Level 3 - Certificate in Counselling Studies (cpcab)
  • Level 2 - Certificate in Counselling Skills (cpcab)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (NCPS)
  • Counselling Online (BACP/OU)

Current qualification:

  • MSc in Psychology and Mental Health Wellbeing
  • Modules - Social Psychology;  Human Development Through the Lifespan; Psychology of Everyday Life; Psychology of Learning; Personality, Ability and Difference; Clinical and Counselling Psychology; Mental Health Online; Research Methods and Statistics; Psychology of Social Interaction; Cyberpsychology

Continuous Professional Development Courses and Training:

Therapeutic approaches and counselling skills -

  • Developments in Person Centred Therapy (CT)
  • Working with children in therapy (CT)
  • Gestalt therapy (CT) & Working with Gestalt in the therapy room (DR)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and online CBT (MSc)
  • Queering therapy spaces and working with gender diverse clients (BACP)
  • Attachment and shame (DR) & Attachment theory (CT)
  • Narcissism Course Part 1 & Part 2 (Jenny Hartill)
  • Counselling for chronic illness (CT)
  • Chronic illness and bereavement as enduring traumas (Cordelia Galgut)
  • Suicide in historically marginalised communities: Perception versus reality (PESI UK)
  • Providing time limited counselling (CT); Solution-Focused Brief therapy; Single Session Therapy (Windy Dryden)

Trauma-informed therapy -

  • Using trauma-informed grounding techniques (CT)
  • Trauma and brain plasticity (CT)
  • Exploring suicidal parts: Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy to heal traumatic wounds (PESI UK)
  • Establishing the foundations for effective trauma healing (Janina Fisher)
  • Using Trauma Informed Stabilisation Therapy (TIST) - Janina Fisher, PhD 

Conferences and workshops:

  • A Day on Addiction 2023
  • A Disorder for Everyone 2023
  • Psychodynamic, Neuroscience and Person Centred counselling (Kate Williams) 2024
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (Kate Blakemore) 2024
  • The Wonderful World of Parts (Kate Williams) 2024

I am an integrative counsellor with experience in Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Psycho-Educational, Gestalt, Transpersonal and Cognitive Behavioural approaches to therapy. My work is trauma-informed.

I began working with Wiltshire MIND as a placement student-counsellor and, since qualifying, have continued to work with them alongside my work in private practice. 

Member organisations

BACP
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
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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

An optional initial 15 minute phone consultation is free.

I have a limited number of low-cost online session places available for clients who are unemployed or on a low income.

I offer low-cost online counselling sessions for low incomes and trainee counsellors (£35 per session). Please contact me if you are interested.

When I work

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My working hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 7pm.

There is also some availability on Sunday afternoons between 1.30pm and 5.00pm.

Further information

I spent over 25 years working in educational and social care settings, supporting vulnerable children, young people, and adults before moving into therapeutic counselling. 

I have facilitated several awareness and support groups including positive parenting and domestic abuse courses. I have many years' experience working with adults, children, young people, and their families, supporting them to manage a wide variety of both practical and emotional issues. 

I have experience working as a Wellbeing Support Advisor.

Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10

Bryer-Ash Business Park, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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