Jan Summerfield

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MBACP, FISMA, (BACP Registered) Counsellor/Supervisor/Coach
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Stoke-on-Trent ST11 & Newcastle ST5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and a warm welcome to my profile which I hope you will find useful.  Firstly I recognise at times it cannot be easy to accept that you may need to seek support.  The hardest step is sometimes making that call but it is also the first step to finding the support you need.  Our greatest strength is knowing and acknowledging that we may not be at our strongest and taking that step of support is already empowering you to make choices. I have provided some information that may help to alleviate your worries and allow you to make an informed choice about the type of confidential support you are seeking.  I provide on line or telephone support across the country, I hold an accredited qualification for providing telephone and on line counselling and I take the stress out of you accessing support by providing all the links you require in remarkably simple way.


I have over 20 years experience and would describe myself as an Integrative Counsellor which means that over the years I have trained in a variety of modalities and approaches such as humanistic, cognitive behavioural, solution focused and trauma recovery.   I operate primarily in a Person Centred approach offering you a non-judgemental, empathic listening ear and a safe place to explore whatever it is that is troubling you at a pace that you will always be in control of.   Person centred offers you a way to offload your troubles, untangle the difficulties and to also explore your view of the world to gain a greater understanding of yourself.  I am always drawn to the quote "It is not what is wrong with you but what has happened or is happening that has had an impact on you".  Counselling can help with that and empower and equip you with coping skills and understanding to regain your sense of control and enhance your self-worth and self-esteem.


Counselling provides a safe place to explore at a pace to suit your individual needs.  Sometimes you may wish to be doing something practical around developing self-help skills, at other times you may you just want to be with someone that can offer you that non-judgemental warm place.  Counselling can also give you an insight into your view of the world and how that can affect and influence your emotions and behaviours.  Life can be stressful and counselling can also give you an opportunity to explore your triggers and to develop real coping skills around how you manage your emotions the impact on your body and the behaviours that can develop.  Whether this is sleep difficulties, irritation and frustration, relationship challenges or the impact it has on the body.  Counselling can help you to understand. I have experience of working on range of life challenges including anxiety, depression, self-imagine, self-esteem, confidence, early intervention trauma, loss, relationships issues as well as work related issues such as bullying, harassment.  Need to talk then I am hear to listen.


I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means that I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.  I am also a Fellow of the International Stress Management Association and have over 20 years experience of offering support.


I have worked within a workplace setting for the NHS for many years providing support to all levels of NHS staff on a full range of issues as well as my own private practice for some years.   I can provide support to individuals, EAPs or organisations and have experience of working with a range of issues. One of my areas of keen interest is stress management and I am a Fellow Member of the International Stress Management Association and have developed many individual and group stress management programmes.  I am also a Critical Incident Stress Management trained responder enabling me to support people following distressing events.

I have considerable experience in offering group sessions for personal awareness and other wellbeing topics including transactional analysis, CBT and a range of self awareness methods.  I also have experience of working on wellbeing issues and integrating these into counselling including mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and psycho-education awareness.



I can provide support to adults with a range of issues including loss, change, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, work, or personal issues. 


I do provide couple counselling and relationship harmony and understanding.  As a trained mediator I can also bring in additional skills to the couple counselling relationship.  Whether the relationship is challenged or whether you want to great enrich the relationship I can offer that opportunity.


I believe that we all need to be mindful of our wellbeing and as a coach I have experience of working with people both individually and in groups who want to explore how they can better look after their wellbeing. I have designed and developed workshops on improving sleep, reducing stress, improving self-care.  By not investing in our wellness it could lead to our illness so discovering a range of supportive option, practical ways to self-care you will be investing in yourself. 


I have been where you are - starting off on my fulfilling career but I can still remember the start of that journey - the need to find a therapist a supervisor and to learn and develop all at once.  Wow it can feel a little overwhelming and exciting all at once.  I provide personal therapy and supervision at reduced rates. I have many years supporting students. 


I am also a qualified Supervisor and have  over 17 years experience working with counsellors in training as well as qualified counsellors. I completed my training at the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy and primarily us the Hawkins & Shohet 7 Eyed Model of Supervision I can provide supervision for trainee therapists/counsellors - I provide discounted rates as well as discounted rates for trainee supervisors.    Having worked in their field for so long I have a range of modalities that I can offer to more experienced supervisors


My coaching training (Oxford School of Coaching, London) has given me the privilege of working with individuals wishing to explore new horizons whether it is in their personal life and a journey of self-discovery or on work issues and venturing into the unknown, this includes career change or challenge, self-confidence, self-esteem and developing more assertive skills.


As a Fellow Member of the International Stress Management Association, I have a vast amount of experience of providing support to individuals and groups of people experiencing stress or wishing to develop resilience to stress.  In addition I have considerable experience in writing and developing bespoke workshops and delivering them as well as offering training to counsellors, HR staff and others who also want to offer a supportive approach to others. I can provide training sessions for groups of people to suit needs which can include resilience, stress awareness, risk assessment and identification of stress as well as wellbeing topics.  I also provide 3 day training events on Critical Incident Stress Management training delegates on how to respond and support people affected by traumatic events.  I have also have published work and models and have provided training across the world.


I offer a free non obligation free consultation meeting of up to 30 minutes. This meeting gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and for me to gather a little information from you and to explain in more depth the counselling process and confidentiality.   It allows us both to explore whether we are a good match to work together.  If we agree that we are it also involves an 'Agreement to Work' that lays out the boundaries of counselling so that everything is clear right from the start. It is an opportunity for you to see if I am the right counsellor for you and if I can offer what you are looking for.  I do not make a charge for first appointments as it is important to find the right person to work with and a pre counselling meeting is a shared opportunity to establish need and formulate working arrangements.

I operate from my therapy room on line and by telephone.  I work with people both on a short and long term basis. Counselling sessions are strictly confidential and professional and when we meet we will discuss and agree the arrangements for the counselling. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or wish to make a none committal appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience


On Line Counselling Training - December 2020 80 Hours

Counselling Training Keele University 1999

Certificate/Diploma Coaching and Mentoring Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

Diploma in Occupational and Organisational Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Management Nottingham Trauma Resilience and Growth

Mediation Level 1 & 2 Peacebuilders, Manchester (ONC)

Certificate in Supervision – Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy

Post Graduate Certificate in Education Further and Higher Education Manchester Metropolitan University

Additional training:

CBT Certificate/Diploma Institute of Counselling

Certificate in Loss and Bereavement Institute of Counselling

Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy Institute of Counselling

Certificate in Crisis Counselling Institute of Counselling

Certificate in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Levels 1, 2 & 3 Centre of Stress Management, London

Certificate in Occupational Stress Management Centre of Stress Management, London

Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy and Brief Therapy Birmingham University

Certificate in Assertiveness and Communication Skills

Member organisations

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have considerable experience in providing stress reduction training to groups as well as leadership training.  I have also have experience of offering group therapy and group training or self awareness sessions as well as relaxation, mindfulness and other well being sessions.

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £45.00 per session

Students personal therapy £40.00 per session.  Supervision (students) £40.00 per session.

Supervision is £50.00 per hour qualified therapists

Couple counselling is £55.00 per one hour session or £65.00 for 1.5 hour session.

I offer a free 30 minute confidential consultation to explore how we would work together without any obligation

I also offer hardship rates and discounted rates for students for personal therapy and/or supervision.

Stress Coaching/Wellbeing Coaching or Career Coaching is available at £45.00 per hour or £55.00 per 1.5 hour sessions.

I provide Coaching for newly qualified counsellors looking to set up in private practice.  This is at the rate of £45.00 per hour.

Please contact me direct if you are a group or organisation looking for group support, stress management, wellbeing initiatives, mindfulness or relaxation sessions. I can provide training for groups, organisations or as a guest speaker for conferences and events.  I have delivered a wide range of wellbeing events for training and conferences.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer late afternoon and early evening appointments on line or telephone.  I can also offer day time appointments please do not hesitate to enquire.  I do not provide appointments weekends

Further information

Please contact me to discuss costs with no embarrassment.

Sessions can also be spaced to suit your budget

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11

Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5

Type of session


Types of client

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

Key details

I offer on line and telephone counselling and supervision

Online platforms




I have many years experience not only of working with clients as a counsellor, therapist, coach and stress consultant but I also have over 20 years of supporting students and qualified counsellors through the process of supervision.

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Jan Summerfield
Jan Summerfield