Jane Blake MBACP Adults, Young People & Children
I am an experienced Counsellor for Adults, Young People & Children & am passionate about the potential benefits of counselling. I believe wholeheartedly that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or issue, can benefit from having someone to listen to them & help them make sense of what is going on for them in their lives. I work integratively & sensitively by taking a personalised approach to each person who approaches me for help. Turning to a stranger for support may feel daunting, but I am approachable & compassionate & I want to make things better for you. It may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but by reading these words, you have just taken your first courageous step towards making contact with someone who can help to improve your quality of life.
Maybe something from the past still having a negative influence, or you need a coping mechanism for something, or you are anxious about the future? Maybe you don't know exactly what you need - but you do know that something in your life needs to change. I aim to facilitate positive change for you in a safe, calm, confidential environment where I become a stable platform from which you can consider your individual needs & wishes at your own pace & without pressure. Through the building of an empowering therapeutic relationship, I aim to raise your self-awareness, increase your resilience & help you discover those inner resources which are hidden deep within you.
As well as talking therapy, I also work creatively - an approach which can be liberating for clients of any age when words fail (eg mindfulness, music, movement, art). I also have receptive music therapy training where pre-recorded music can facilitate relaxation & imagery (drawing) to aid self-expression.
Previous experience includes being a Counsellor for both Adults & Children at several local organisations covering a wide range of mental health issues as listed. I have also worked on an emergency helpline & assisted music sessions at Northam Lodge.
As well as being in private practice, I currently work in a supportive role within further education with students with a wide range of issues eg) anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, autism, Tourettes & hearing loss, aswell as a music teacher for children & adults.
Counselling is a collaborative process built on deep trust & it is essential that you feel safe. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) & abide by its Code of Ethics.
I continue to broaden my professional development through CPD via a range of workshops, study & activities.
You are welcome to approach me by e-mail to ask me anything about my work as a Counsellor.
If you prefer, please leave your name & number on my answerphone & I will return your call as soon as I am able.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Young Devon, Barnstaple (clients aged between 11 - 25yrs)
- Clarity Barnstaple - (mental health charity for adults
- NDADA, (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse), Barnstaple
- WAND Emergency Helpline, Barnstaple
- Northam Lodge, Bideford
- Lavanagh Cerebral Palsy Centre, , Cork, Ireland
- Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Postqualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 cpcab (BACP accredited)
- Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) Level 1
- Understanding Autism Certificate NCFE Level 2
- British Sign Language Level 1
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
Sessions for adults last 50mins & cost £30. The first session includes a full assessment to ensure I am working within my proficiency level. This is also a time for you to ensure you feel comfortable with me & would like to start counselling with me.
Please feel welcome to e-mail me or leave your name & contact number on my phone.
'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 - Fri - day & evenings. Sat & Sun - by arrangement
Types of client