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Hello. Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor with over ten years experience. Sometimes it is confusing to know what is making us feel the way we do. Exploring the unknown can be daunting. Issues from the past or present that are unresolved, can keep us trapped in cycles of thought and behaviour or crippled by fear about the future.   We can find all sorts of ways of avoiding painful feelings or reality. We might deny it or make it go away with addictive substances such as alcohol, drugs, food or hurting ourselves. Whatever the issue and whatever your way of coping,   my invitation is to work together to uncover what it is that blocks you from being who you truly are or doing what you truly want.

I have lived and worked abroad in many diverse cultures and understand the challenges of living in another country and finding a place in another culture. I used to work in warzones and famines with displaced and traumatised populations.   Many things can leave us feeling traumatised. It may be something which seems obvious such as being in an accident or being attacked or witnessing an event your found terrifying. It could also be any combination of psychological, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse. It may be something you remember or something you don't and your body may be reacting by producing a range of seemingly unrelated and perhaps confusing symptoms.

Over the last few years I have turned my focus particularly to working with trauma, working with both traumatised children and adults. Looking at traumatic material can feel extremely daunting, however together we can monitor and gradually work to release you from the impact of the trauma so that you can respond to the world as it is, rather than continuing to respond to an event that has already happened and that you have survived already.

The body and mind respond to trauma in a broad variety of ways. Trauma survivors often have symptoms rather than memories. The body may respond to a trigger which on the surface is not associated with the original trauma but which may have become unconsciously associated so that you find yourself constantly being activated into a fight, flight or freeze response in your daily life, when in fact no threat is present. You may find yourself suddenly feeling as if you are back in the event or alternatively feeling numb and almost absent from your life. These are normal symptoms of trauma and they can be worked through. The good news is that you don't have to continue to live that way!

I also have a lot of experience of working with eating disorders and as I am also a qualified nutritionist, and can help you with food issues from both psychological and physiological perspectives.

Taking the first step can be the hardest. To talk in confidence with no obligation about your needs, please give me a call. I look forward to talking to you!

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic Qualifications
I started my therapeutic training in 2003.

  • Masters in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (Distinction) -University of East London
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling & Therapy-University of East London & Psychosynthesis & Education Trust
  • Masters in Human Nutrition (Distinction) - University of Sheffield

Professional Experience

  • I am a psychotherapist in private practice and have worked with different people on a very broad range of issues. I also have a special interest in trauma and dissociation and have a lot of experience in this area.
  • I have worked with a wide range of issues with adults, young people and couples at Cotswold Counselling, and in private practice.
  • Working with adults with: autism, a range of learning differences; variety of syndromes for Novalis Trust.
  • Working with young people between 11-19 with emotional and behavioural difficulties for Novalis Trust.
  • Workshop trainer in severe trauma and dissociation and self-harm
  • Group facilitator

Areas of Expertise

  • All kinds of trauma
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Depression and loss of meaning
  • Bereavement
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Stress and anger
  • Relationship issues
  • Life crisis
  • Personal Development
  • Spiritual emergence
  • Nutrition related issues also covered

Kinds of therapy offered:

  • Integrative and transpersonal
  • Short term, brief focused therapy
  • Long term therapy
  • Individuals
  • Couples

Ongoing Training

I continually undertake further training and follow new developments to continually improve my practice and keep up to date with what might help you. I work in a very integrated fashion and may use a variety of techniques along with talking. For me, a strong and trusting relationship between you and I is the key to gentle and lasting change.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Individual Therapy
£50 for initial session (1 hour) followed by:
£50 for follow up sessions (50 mins) before 6 pm
£55 for follow up sessions 6 pm onwards.
90 minutes sessions are also available at £90 per session
Couples Therapy
£60 for initial assessment (1 hour) followed by:
£60 per hour before 6pm
£65 per hour after 6pm onwards
90 minute sessions are also available at £90 per session

I operate a sliding scale and some concessions are available.

Further information

I offer daytime and evening appointments.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Day time and evening appointment.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Jane Blackhurst-Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Jane Blackhurst-Psychotherapist & Supervisor