Hello and welcome. You may be reading this because you are searching for help with a difficulty that you are struggling with currently, such as anxiety or depression, or perhaps you feel lost and would like help to make sense of things in your life. I believe we all have the potential within ourselves to change and counselling, with the connection between the client and therapist at its heart, helps to unlock that process. It can result in more helpful thinking and behaviour patterns, resolution of difficulties, increased self-confidence and improved relationships.
How we would work together
I am a qualified counsellor working with individual adults in a confidential home setting in West Meon, near Petersfield. I also offer therapy by phone or online (Zoom or other).
About the way I work
Central to my approach is a genuine, accepting relationship with the people who come to me for counselling. I use an integrative approach, which means that I draw from several therapy models, adapting my approach to suit you. My role is to work with you and to help you feel heard and understood. I also offer Christian counselling.
I believe it is important for counsellors to have had a broad life experience as well as the relevant professional experience and qualifications.
In my own life, before I changed direction to become a counsellor, I worked from home as a freelance journalist for many years while raising a child with severe learning disabilities.
Areas of interest and experience
These include working in a trauma-informed way with the unique issues that parent-carers of children/adults with additional needs face.
I work part-time for The Challenging Behaviour Foundation co-delivering Positive Behaviour Support workshops and providing a 'listening ear' service for family carers. I am also a volunteer counsellor for Frontline 19 and All Saints Counselling Service in Portsmouth where I offer both Christian counselling and counselling to non-Christians.
My training and experience allow a flexible, holistic, client-centred approach that includes working with people who hold religious/spiritual beliefs, which they may or may not choose to explore in counselling. I only incorporate these areas in my practice if people specifically ask me to because they find them meaningful and helpful.
Getting started - how to take the first step
I understand that you might be nervous about starting therapy and choosing a counsellor so, to help you to get a sense of what therapy is about and how I might help you, I offer a free, initial, no-obligation consultation.
For more information, please visit my website www.janealcockcounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in The Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities, with Distinction, at Portsmouth University and Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling at Waverley Abbey College, Farnham.
I am committed to my ongoing professional development and my knowledge and practice are regularly updated by continuing training, including attending conferences and workshops.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Reg. no. 384363 and Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (HACP)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The unique issues faced by parent-carers of children/adults with additional needs/learning disabilities
Concessions offered for
I understand that choosing a counsellor can be daunting so, to help you to get a sense of whether you would like to work with me, I offer a free, confidential, initial consultation.
Following sessions are £40 for 50 minutes. (I offer a limited number of concessions for those who might find it difficult to afford these fees, such as students and longer term clients).