Jane Blake MBACP

Jane Blake  MBACP

Bideford
Devon
EX39

Barnstaple
Devon
EX31

07903 677932

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Bideford
Devon
EX39

Barnstaple
Devon
EX31

07903 677932

About me

Hi, my name is Jane.

I am a compassionate integrative counsellor qualified to work with Adults, Young People & Children & a registered member of the BACP. I have been privileged to provide counselling locally for a wide range of clients in several organisations (as listed), with a broad range of issues. I offer flexibility, sensitivity & empathy in order to best suit individual needs.

I also have personal experience of receiving counselling & remember how intimidated I felt when initiating contact with a counsellor. It is important for you to acknowledge at this early stage that you have made a little, but significant & essential, step towards making contact with someone who can help.

I provide a secure, discreet & respectful place where I invite you to express your concerns at your own pace in a calm environment where I am non-judgemental, grounded & attuned to your needs. Counselling is a collaborative process built on deep trust so the agenda is yours throughout. You may have a specific reason for coming & be aiming to identify negative thoughts about yourself, others & the world, reflect upon your history to explain the emergence of any troubling issues & why they are still having a negative impact.  Maybe you are curious about an aspect of your life which has always been confusing.  Sometimes clients have come to me in search of a coping strategy for a present issue or make contact because they feel there is nobody offering them what they need but they are not sure what that need is exactly.  I can offer stability & understanding & will endeavour to help you find a way forward in any of those situations.

In addition to talking therapy, my Postqualifying Diploma in Counselling Chidren & Adolescents involved working in a slightly different way & enabled me to learn about & personally experience more creative ways of self-expression which can be offered to adult clients also, but only should they wish.  My GIM Music Course also enabled me to learn about & experience the inclusion of receptive music within a counselling session for therapeutic benefit.

I currently am a Volunteer Counsellor for a local organisation supporting Young People & previously have worked as a communication support worker within Primary & Secondary schools for students with hearing impairments & behavioural difficulties & am also an instrumental music teacher.

My single aim is to empower clients to live their lives in a fulfilled way with the greatest sense of purpose & balance possible.

I am able to offer daytime & early evening counselling sessions during the week (Monday to Friday) in Bideford & Barnstaple.

Weekend appointments are also possible by arrangement.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) Level 1
  • Postqualifying Diploma Counselling Children & Adolescents
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling L4 cpcab (BACP accredited)
  • Understanding Autism ncfe  (Level 2)
  • Understanding Substance Misuse ncfe ( Level 2)
  • British Sign Language Level 1
  • ATCL  Music, Trinity College

CPD Certificates

  • Integrating Mindfulness into Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • One minute Mindfulness Strategies
  • Self-regulation Strategies & Techniques for calming (Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder)
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Workshops
  • Moving & Being: Exploring Creative Ways of Being in Relationship
  • Creativity for Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Psychodrama

Counselling Experience

  • Counsellor - Private Clients (Adults, Young People & Children)
  • Counsellor, Assessor & Student Mentor -  Clarity, Barnstaple
  • Counsellor - NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse) Barnstaple
  • Counsellor - Young Devon, Barnstaple
  • Counsellor - WAND phone helpline, Barnstaple.

Group Work

  • Facilitator of therapeutic Talking Group for adults with Anxiety & Depression
  • Facilitator of therapeutic Music Group for adults with Communication difficulties

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Therapies offered

Fees

I offer a free & non-binding 30 minute session for you to ask any questions & decide if you would like to pursue counselling with me. I can give you as much time after this session to decide.  If I feel I can't offer what you need, I can signpost you to a colleague who I think may be better able to help you.

I offer hourly sessions in Bideford & Barnstaple - each costing £35.

My timetable during the week is flexible - I am available day time & early evening.

Weekend counselling sessions by arrangement.

Maps & Directions

Bideford, EX39
Barnstaple, EX31

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Mon - Fri (day & evening) - Weekend sessions by arrangement

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults