Jane Blake MBACP Adults, Young People & Children
Welcome to everyone
I am an experienced & compassionate integrative Counsellor, fully qualified to work with Adults, Young People & Children. I draw from a wealth of different therapeutic approaches to best suit individual needs & wishes. Therapy can be hugely empowering, but making contact with someone you have never met before might feel intimidating & strange. However, being seen, heard & understood by an objective, fully accepting & empathic person might also bring you huge relief, self-knowledge & understanding.
You may know specifically what you are aiming to gain from counselling, or have a general desire for positive change or just be curious?
I offer a sensitive approach in a confidential relaxed setting where you can step outside the pressurised confines of everyday life into a calm space where I am a stabilising platform for you as you take stock & consider your concerns at your own pace. I aim to foster an authentic empowering relationship so that you gain an increased level of self-awareness, resilience & overall improved quality of life.
Previous experience includes working at Clarity as a counsellor & group facilitator for a wide range of mental health issues as listed. At NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse) I helped victims of domestic abuse & family members find their inner strength & self-belief. At Harbour I worked with recovering addicts to foster their independence & self-esteem, & at Wand I worked on a mental health helpline offering emergency support.
Training to be a Counsellor for Young People & Children opened my eyes to the power of creativity. Using different mediums enables clients to express themselves fluently & freely when words fail. I offer creative mediums such as Art, Movement, story telling & receptive music therapy which combines music & art. This type of approach is often used for younger clients but can be liberating & empowering for clients of any age.
At Young Devon I worked with clients at primary & secondary school facing the challenges of growing up psychologically, physically & emotionally. Young clients can become overwhelmed by the expectations of society, family or friends & I ground & stabilise them immediately before focusing on self-worth & confidence to help them heal & grow. My private work with children (aged 7+) often involves contact with family members where I work sensitively & respectively to increase family unity.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) & abide by its Code of Ethics. Counselling is a collaborative relationship based on deep trust & your physical, emotional & psychological wellbeing is essential.
Feel free approach me via e-mail, text, or leave your contact details on my answerphone & I will make contact with you as soon as I am able.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Guided Imagery & Music Level 1
- Postqualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People (Iron Mill)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 cpcab (BACP accredited)
- Counselling Studies Level 3
- Counselling Skills Level 2
- Understanding Autism Certificate NCFE Level 2
NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse)
Young People & Children
Young Devon, Barnstaple
Private Clients - aged 7yrs & above
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
Sessions are hourly & each costs £40. Counsellors in training £25 per session.
(Concessions are discretionary & dependent on individual circumstances).
Counselling can be shortterm & targeted, or longterm with regular reviews.
I am based centrally in Bideford in a location which is easy to find with nearby parking.
'Contact in psychotherapy is like the substructure of a building. It is seldom seen but it undergirds and supports all that is above ground.'
Richard G Erskine
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon to Fri - 8.30am-7pm.
Weekend sessions - by arrangement
Types of client