Jan Ross Therapeutic Counsellor
I believe that everyone has potential, and during difficult times counselling can help draw upon our strengths to enable change. It can be challenging and I can support you to find ways of resolving problems by talking through personal concerns in a safe, non-judgemental confidential environment helping you to develop the insights that will guide you to make the changes you are seeking.
Some people find that using paint, clay, writing, poetry or drawing, can provide a medium with which to express difficult thoughts and feelings. I can support you to find creative ways to express yourself that you find helpful.
Where do we start?
Each of us is unique with our own needs and goals. When considering counselling I believe it is important to find a counsellor with whom you can connect and feel comfortable. I suggest that you contact several therapists before you make your final decision, talk to them about the way they work to see if it is the right ‘fit’ for you. I offer a lower cost introductory session so that you can discuss your needs and decide whether we want to work together.
How long will it take to see some changes?
Sometimes changes can happen quite quickly, other times they are more gradual. We will work at your own pace and therapy will be tailored to meet your individual needs. You choose how long counselling continues for and the duration is entirely dependant on your needs.
What can you expect from therapy?
I offer an opportunity for you to be heard with respect and understanding and to work through issues that feel hard to handle on your own. We will work together to help you to find your own solution. The sessions last for one hour and are usually on a weekly basis though sometimes this is negotiable.
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – City of Bristol College
- Counselling people with HIV/AIDS
- Registered Member of BACP (Current)
Additional relevant qualifications
- Registered General Nurse (not practising)
- Diploma in Death and Dying – Open University
- BA (Hons) Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies - University of the West of England
- Happiness Training Course – Positive Psychology
I originally trained as a general nurse in 1886 and went on to specialise in palliative care and providing support for families faced with bereavement. I left my nursing career in 1999 to undertake a degree is in Cultural Studies and Women's Studies.
I also worked for many years for The Terrence Higgins Trust supporting adults and children on a one to one basis, who were living with HIV and AIDS and went on to work for Bristol Social Services HIV drugs and alcohol team.
In 2003 I supported a group of young mothers to set up services supporting other young mothers and their children in the community. I am still very involved in this project and I work directly with young/teenage mothers facilitating the support group and managing the counselling service.
As well as working in private practice, I work as a counsellor with The Swan Project in Bristol an agency that supports people who experience addiction.
During my professional career I have supported people who have experienced multiple types of loss and bereavement, issues around sexuality and gender reassignment, changes to identity, addiction, abuse, relationship breakdown, isolation and social stigma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per hour
£35 per hour for counselling students
My special interests are attachment and emotional intelligence.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Tuesday & Friday Daytime