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MA(Cantab)Hons, PG Dip Psychotherapy & Counselling, MBACP(Reg)

About me

At Jane Butler Counselling and Psychotherapy, meetings usually take place in Roundhay, a leafy residential suburb in Leeds 8. This space will provide you with a safe, comfortable place to offload your worries.

During the coronavirus outbreak, I am seeing all my clients remotely, either via the internet or telephone.  I deliver the sessions from my normal counselling room to protect confidentiality. These sessions are going very well, especially when using a visual method such as Skype.  I am happy to use an alternative platform to suit my clients.

I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, specialising in crisis counselling which includes, among other issues, bereavement, abuse, betrayal, relationship difficulties, lack of self-esteem, confusion, and anxiety. I also offer counselling for couples.  As I am an integrative counsellor, I have learned a number of different therapies, and I tailor my counselling to suit each individual client or relationship.

My starting point in counselling individual clients is to use person-centred therapy which means that each client is at the heart of their own therapy. I may know more about the therapeutic process, but my clients know themselves best, and I am guided by each client regarding his or her own therapy. This is an evolving experience which will develop as our trust in one another grows. I will give you a space to talk, listening and reflecting with non-judgemental sincerity and honesty, as we work together to gain some understanding of your feelings, to help you to move forward.

Occasionally, my clients will need something a little different which requires another method to help you tease out something in more depth, but only going as far as you want and at your own pace. My belief is that therapy cannot be rushed and only you know what is best for you. This way you are in control of your therapy. Nothing will be expected of you and it will all unfold at your own pace.

If you would like to know more about individual therapy, you can book a free 30-minute telephone or face-to-face consultation following which I will leave it to you to contact me if you want to go ahead. I will be very happy for you to take time to decide what you want to do.

For couples therapy, the client is the relationship, rather than the individual.  Working together we will gain a better understanding of how you are relating, helping you to connect more effectively so you can work through issues which seem difficult to resolve.  It is essential that you are both committed to this process, as the change will only happen collaboratively.

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Working as a solicitor, then as a law lecturer for many years, I became aware of a growing personal need  to work with people at a deeper level, so I embarked on my journey to become a counsellor.

I started by obtaining my level 2 and 3 certificates in a sandwich year at Swarthmore College in Leeds. Following this I obtained a level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

My qualifications are:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Leeds Beckett University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute
  • MA (Cantab) Hons in Law from the University of Cambridge

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am  fully insured.

I have been a volunteer counsellor at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds, where I worked with bereaved clients for 2 afternoons each week. I have a special interest in incurable illness.

I have also worked in depth with clients who are survivors of sexual abuse, an area in which I have had intensive training. I spent many months working as a volunteer counsellor at Mosaic II, a specialist centre in Bradford for survivors of historical sex abuse, which has given me a very thorough grounding in this field.

My clients come from a range of backgrounds and ages.  This means that I have an extensive breadth of experience in dealing with many types of issue.

I am also qualified to work with couples in relationship counselling.

As a solicitor I worked with clients exposed to domestic violence and relationship breakdown, clients who have suffered physical and psychiatric injury and loss, and those who have been victims of medical accidents. My long complex working life prior to becoming a counsellor has given me in-depth personal experience of workplace stress.

My personal attributes are that I have the significant life experience and maturity for deep empathy, a very calm demeanour and I am an excellent active listener.

For further information, please visit my website.

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


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

My normal hourly fee is £60. During the Coronavirus outbreak, my fee is £45 for anyone in furlough.

When I work

Monday - Thursday 10 - 6

Davies Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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