Jan Irwin ( registered MBACP, MA Relationship Therapy)
I am a qualified, experienced psychotherapist, specialising in Relationship and Couple Counselling. I work both with couples, and individuals who are having difficulties in their personal and working relationships with others.
One of the most important conditions for effective therapy is that a safe, close and comfortable relationship develops between the client and therapist. I aim to provide a flexible service, in a confidential, safe and supportive environment in which to help you explore and resolve the relationship issues that you identify as being problematic.
At times in your life when you feel stuck and confused, unable to resolve problems on your own, it can be very helpful to talk about what's on your mind. Sometimes close friends or family aren't the best people to talk to, and this is when a trained and objective counsellor can really help.
As well as being able to help resolve painful relationship difficulties, I may be able to help with other difficult life situations, such as important but stressful transitions. At times like the birth of a new baby, children leaving home, or retirement you may feel quite emotional and distressed, and not understand your own reactions. These are often times of emotional crisis, that can lead to growth and resolution if dealt with.
My practice is based in the Pinner area, where I would see you in pleasant surroundings, close to convenient parking and public transport. I regret that my consulting room is not accessible, as it must be reached by a flight of stairs. If this is a problem, please call or email to discuss your needs.
As a result of the current pandemic situation, and restrictions on face to face counselling, I am offering individual or couple counselling through web -cam, on Zoom. I can also offer individual clients counselling by telephone.. If you are unsure if these counselling methods could work for you, please call or email to discuss this further.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA degree in Relationship Therapy, and an MSc degree in Social Policy and Social Work. I qualified as a Relate Counsellor in 2014.
In addition, I attend numerous Continuing Development Courses to ensure that I keep up to date with latest developments in relationship therapy. I most recently attended training in working with attachment traumas, domestic abuse, substance misuse, supporting people with sexual addictions and their partners.
I have 35 years experience of supporting people through life’s difficulties, through various roles, developing, delivering and managing support services. This experience includes managing a counselling and advice service for women, developing and managing a therapeutic domestic abuse intervention programme for men and women, as well as work in a young family support service.
In addition to my private counselling practice, I work as a couple counsellor for a voluntary sector counselling service.
I also work with organisations, such as local authorities and charitable organisations, as a trainer, mentor and consultant on the psychological aspects of domestic abuse and attachment traumas.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £25 for an initial consultation.
I charge £50 for individuals, and £60 for couples, for on-going counselling sessions. Sessions last for approximately one hour.
Concessions are available, so if the full fees would cause hardship, please discuss this with me. Fees can be re-negotiated at any stage of therapy.