Jane Blake MBACP Counsellor for Adults, Young People & Children
I am an approachable, sensitive & experienced counsellor fully qualified to work with Adults, Young People & Children. Most of us find ourselves struggling with life at some stage & I believe that every person would benefit from turning to another for support when things get tough. It is a brave thing to admit you are struggling but by reading this you have taken your first step towards making contact with a counsellor who can help.
Maybe you want to process & eradicate persistent negative thoughts, reflect upon your past to understand why something or someone is still having an impact on you, find a coping strategy for a current issue or are just curious about the potential benefits of counselling?
Talking regularly & confidentially to a counsellor who is specifically trained to really listen & fully comprehend what you are saying can clarify confusing thoughts, resolve personal issues & encourage change or acceptance of those difficult areas of your life when you most need it. I work 'integratively' from a range of theoretical perspectives to ensure the most suitable & effective support for you.
I support you as you are without judgement to express your concerns in a calm & safe environment without pressure. I raise awareness of personal strengths firmly embedded within you through the development of a trusting & confidential partnership. For you this may mean acceptance & adjustment to life as it is, or empowerment to contemplate & achieve positive change in the future.
I work creatively to enable the expression of feelings which are hard to articulate & believe passionately in the importance of self-expression for mental wellbeing. For that reason I have facilitated social groups for adults with depression, music groups for adults with communication difficulties, mental & physical disabilities, supported secondary school students with hearing loss & behavioural issues & also currently teach music to adults & children.
I am a counsellor at Young Devon & have been privileged to have a significant amount of experience within local organisations (Clarity, North Devon Against Domestic Abuse NDADA, Wand, Northam Lodge) , Schools & Private Practice.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy & abide by its ethical framework - counselling is a collaborative process built on deep trust & it is of paramount importance that you feel safe with me.
I regularly undertake Continued Professional Development to broaden & deepen my professional practice.
I have a flexible timetable & am based in Bideford & Barnstaple - both locations are accessible with nearby parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Guided Imagery & Music Level 1
- Postqualifying Diploma Counselling Children & Adolescents
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 cpcab (BACP accredited)
- Understanding Autism NCFE (Level 2)
- Understanding Substance Misuse ncfe (Level 2)
- British Sign Language Level 1
- ATCL Music, Trinity College
- Private Clients (Adult, Young People, Children)
- Young Devon
- NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse)
- WAND phone helpline
- Facilitator of therapeutic Talking Group for people with depression & anxiety
- Facilitator of therapeutic Music Group for people with communication difficulties & mental / physical disabilities
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
I offer an initial complimentary 30 min introductory session for you to ask any questions about counselling & I can assess your needs.
Subsequent sessions are hourly & cost £40. Please feel confident to ask about concessions - available for students / those on a low income / on benefits.
Please feel welcome to e-mail with any enquries or leave your name & contact number on my phone & I will make contact as soon as I am able.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday daytime & evening Weekend sessions are also available.
Types of client