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

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

Labyrinth Business Centre
43-47 Middle Hillgate
Greater Manchester

07882 372534

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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; Inner Child Healing; Rewind Technique; Brainspotting; Mindfulness; Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT); Focusing; Grounding techniques; Self-Compassion; Guided imagery and Self-Care Strategies.

What is Brainspotting?

Approved by the British Psychological Society, Brainspotting is a powerful relational, brain-body therapy, which is used widely within the field of Trauma. Brainspotting is also 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 parts of the brain (limbic system) that regulate the body. As a result, traumatic events that cause the body to fight, flee, or freeze 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

  • Sexuality

  • 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 (learning disabilities, younger people, adults and older demographics). In addition to my private counselling practice, I am also currently employed, part-time, as a counsellor within the NHS.


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 an initial, no obligation, 30 minute face to face consultation session at a cost of £5.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Emotional Freedom Technique Diploma (2017)
  • 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)

Short Courses:

  • Working with the Inner Child (2019)
  • The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space (2019)
  • Phase 3 Brainspotting (2019)
  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice (2018)
  • Phase 2 Brainspotting (2018)
  • Internal Family Systems Introduction (2018)
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice (2018)
  • Phase 1 Brainspotting (2017)
  • Trauma-Informed Care (2017)
  • Trauma and the Body. Somatisation and Dissociation (2017)
  • Adult ADHD (2017)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy Introduction (2017)
  • Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure (2017)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2016-2017)
  • Transactional Analysis 101 (2016)
  • TF-CBT Introduction (2016)
  • Domestic Abuse (2016)
  • Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse (2016)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (2016)
  • Depression, Anxiety and CBT (2016)
  • Grounding Techniques (2016)
  • Working with Trans-Identified and Trans-Historied Clients (2015)

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I charge £40 for a 60 minute session.

Payment will be made at each session, paid either by cash or cheque.

Initial Consultation:
I offer prospective clients an initial, no obligation, 30 minute consultation session at a cost of £5, to decide if we wish to work together.

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.

Maps & Directions

Stockport, SK1 3DG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Monday (evening), Wednesday (daytime and evening),Thursday (daytime and evening), and Friday (daytime and evening)

Types of client

Older adults