Jane Eldridge MA Dip. Integrative Counselling, MBACP
I'm an integrative counsellor and therapist and offer a supportive and confidential space where we can think about and explore together what's troubling you. It might be something you want to change, understand, or learn to accept. Or perhaps you're feeling a more general sense of lacking vitality and meaning in life.
I draw on a range of approaches from the psychodynamic, existential and gestalt traditions and will aim to find a way of working that's a good fit for you. My main practice is in Westminster SW1, a few minutes' walk from local train and tube stations. I offer some sessions in Sydenham / Dulwich, South London, or Queen's Park, NW6.
What's it all about?
Sometimes people come to counselling with a particular symptom, after a significant life event or with work-related difficulties. Other times it's more about not quite feeling fulfilled in life, career or relationships. I believe the many ways we come to understand and make sense of who we are, including how we relate to others and the world around us, are central to our mental health and physical wellbeing. Unforeseen life events, separations, losses and disappointments can all profoundly affect our sense of who we are.
If you've not had counselling or therapy before - and even if you have - starting can feel daunting. If it's important to you, I can tell you about my training, my experience, and how I might work with the particular issue you bring. What matters is that we feel we can work together.
Who am I meeting?
It's normal to wonder about your therapist's background. I've worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, career difficulties, bullying, problems at school, college or university, family and relationship difficulties, and issues around gender, sexuality and identity.
I started working as a counsellor and therapist after spending the first part of my career in education, research and other activities connected with media and the arts. I'm interested in hearing about what moves and inspires you, as well as the difficulties you might be having.
When we meet, I'll ask you what you're looking for from counselling or therapy. I offer open-ended, integrative therapy and short-term, solution-focused work. What's likely to be most effective for the particular issue you bring is something we can think about together.
You can contact me by email or phone using the information on this page and, if it feels right, arrange a consultation. The initial appointment helps me decide if I can help, and is an opportunity for you to get a sense of whether it would feel useful to work together. I offer this at a one-off, reduced fee of £40
I usually see clients once a week and offer twice a week in some circumstances
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre and am completing the final stages of a postgraduate qualification in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I'm a registered member of the BACP.
I've worked for several years in counselling services in South and West London, and as a community mediator in North London.
Before training as a counsellor and therapist, I had a career in education and academic research, with a particular interest in media and the arts. During that time, I gained a Masters' qualification in Cultural Theory from Cardiff University, and a Ph.D. in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. I continue to follow my creative inspiration and am open to working with you in a way that follows - or perhaps helps you find - yours.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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I charge £60 per 50 minute session for individuals (£80 for couples). I offer a reduced-fee consultation for £40 so you can meet me and we can decide if we want to work together.
My Westminster practice is 5 mins' walk from St James's Park tube station, 8 mins' walk from Westminster tube and 12 mins' walk from Victoria stations. Facilities are fully accessible, including lift and toilet.
I also offer counselling and therapy in Sydenham SE26, close to Forest Hill, Dulwich and Crystal Palace, South London. Accessible from Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill and Sydenham stations, or 202 and 363 buses stop outside the door. Please contact me for further information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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All my practice locations are wheelchair accessible. Please contact me for information about toilets, parking etc.
Evening appointments available in Westminster and Sydenham. Some Saturday morning availability in South London.
Types of client