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Jan Kilroy-Jolley, Dip.Coun, ACT, Brainspotting, MSc Applied Psych Therapies

Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK2
07882 372534 07882 372534

About me

Are you experiencing difficulties in your life, feeling stuck, isolated and alone with your thoughts and feelings, not knowing which way to turn? If you believe that you need help to take the next steps towards finding a solution, then I am here to support you and work with you through this process.

How Can Counselling Help You?

I will support you to gain a clearer perspective about whatever is troubling you. Together we identify what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential, and what action you need to take to improve your situation.

The aim of the therapeutic process is to help you to understand and accept yourself, to change your behaviour/ thoughts to those which are more productive for you, to manage distressing feelings without avoiding them and provide you with a supportive space, so you are more able to address the difficulties that maybe preventing you from living your life to the full.

I will walk beside you on your journey, giving you space and time to make sense of how your current/ past circumstances may be impacting on you. Whilst working at your pace, I will endeavour to support you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and to help you move towards achieving your desired outcomes.

How I Work:

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I offer an empathic, safe and confidential environment, where you can explore your personal difficulties without fear of judgement.

I work as an integrative counsellor, which means that I draw upon a range of different approaches and methods, tailoring them to best meet the needs of each individual I work with. Amongst the approaches/ methods I use are: Person Centred Counselling; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Compassion Focused Therapy: Inner Child Healing; Rewind Technique; Brainspotting; Mindfulness; Grounding Techniques; Guided Imagery and Self-Care Strategies.

What is Brainspotting? "Where we look affects how we feel" (David Grand PhD)

Approved by the British Psychological Society, Brainspotting is a powerful relational, brain-body therapy, which is used widely within the field of Trauma. Brainspotting helps clients to process and release core sources of emotional/ physical body pain, trauma, and various other distressing symptoms. It is found to be an effective treatment option for those experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Physical Illness (pain/ chronic fatigue), Stress, Complex Grief, PTSD, ADHD, Phobias, Anger Issues, etc.

Evidence suggests that trauma is stored in the subcortical/ mid-brain (emotional brain), which regulates much of what the body does. As a result, traumatic events can leave a physiological imprint in the body. Brainspotting allows the therapist to access a client's emotions on a deeper level, processing and releasing the neurophysiological effects of trauma, thus activating the body's innate ability to heal itself.

What is ACT?

ACT is the acronym for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an empirically supported third wave behaviour therapy, which is recognised as an effective therapeutic intervention for a diverse range of difficulties.

The essential ingredients of ACT include letting go of the struggle to control unwanted thoughts (negative mind chatter) and feelings (anxiety, worry, anger, fear, pain etc.), being mindfully aware of the present moment, and committing to a course of action that is consistent with who/ what you value most in life (Your Personal Values).

Through the use of Mindfulness techniques, Acceptance, Commitment and Behaviour Change Strategies, ACT can help you to create a rich, full and meaningful life, whilst simultaneously accepting the unwanted thoughts, feelings and body sensations which you may have previously attempted to avoid or even feared.

What is ACT beneficial for?

  • Anxiety and Stress

  • Depression

  • Goal setting

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Confidence and Self-Esteem

  • Fear

  • Sadness

  • Self-Harm

Who I work with:

I have worked extensively with adults who have experienced issues related to:

  • Historic childhood sexual abuse/ trauma

  • Sexual assault

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Harm

  • Domestic abuse

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Divorce/ Separation

  • Bullying

  • Bereavement, Loss and Grief

  • Self-Esteem

  • Confidence


Prior to and since qualifying as a counsellor in 2008, I have worked (within a voluntary and salaried capacity) in a variety of different settings (NHS, learning disabilities, younger people, adults and older demographics).


I offer short, medium and long term counselling, meaning that we can adapt the number of sessions to best meet your needs, reviewing this on an ongoing basis as we progress. I am sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of individuals and to people's religious beliefs, gender identity, age and sexual orientation.

Contact Me:

I am happy for you to telephone or email me, so that I can answer any questions that you may have, or tell you more about how I work. Because I understand how important it is to find the right counsellor, I offer a free, no obligation, 30 minute Zoom or telephone consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • MSc Applied Psychology Therapies (2015)
  • Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling (2008)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2006)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts (2005)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (1993)


  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision (2020)
  • Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision (2019-2020)
  • Brainspotting Phase 1, 2 & 3 (2017-2019)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2016-2017)

Short Courses: (2020-2021)

  • Trauma and the Body (2021)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy. Advanced Clinical Skills (2021)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy for Complex Cases (2020)
  • Working with the Pain of Abandonment (2020)
  • How to Stop Nightmares (Dream Completion Technique) (2020)
  • Introduction to Theory & Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy (2020)
  • Working With Clients Who Struggle With The Inner Critic (2020)
  • Examining Attachment Hunger in Adulthood (2020)
  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice (2020)
  • Inner Child Healing (2020)
  • Working with shame (2020)
  • Dealing with distress (2020)

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I charge £40 for a 60 minute session.

Payment will be made prior to each session, payable by bank transfer.

Initial Consultation:
I offer prospective clients a free, no obligation, 30 minute telephone or zoom consultation.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday (11:30am-19:00pm), Tuesday (11:30am-19:00pm), Wednesday (11:30am-19:00pm),Thursday (11:30-19:00pm), and Friday (11:30am-19:00pm)

Further information

I have developed and delivered workshops to volunteer counsellors, clients and third sector organisations, on issues encompassing Self-Harm, Self-Care, Stress Management, Positive Psychology and Grounding Techniques.

Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Older adults
Jan Kilroy-Jolley, Dip.Coun, ACT, Brainspotting, MSc Applied Psych Therapies

Jan Kilroy-Jolley, Dip.Coun, ACT, Brainspotting, MSc Applied Psych Therapies