Hello, my name is Jane and I am a graduate of the The Family Institute, holding a BSc Honours Degree in Counselling.
I am a warm, caring, compassionate and understanding person and counsellor. I always strive to work professionally, mindfully and sensitively with each and every person I meet. I am a fully registered member of the British Association of Counselling Practice (BACP) www.bacp.co.uk/. I am also registered with the Care Council for Wales and other professional organisations. I have a full enhanced DBS. I have particular experience with loss, fostering and adoption work. I am also experienced and fully engaged with the principles of Mindfulness, such as, the managing/living with physical pain or illness, together with the therapeutic value of mindfulness practice. I am also exploring how meditation and nature can prove helpful to health, wellbeing, healing and finding balance again.
What is Counselling
Attending a counselling session for the first time can be a big step, even stressful in itself. I appreciate that you might feel anxious or nervous about what might happen, and be expected of you. This is why I hold an initial consultation with no obligation to continue. Choosing your counsellor has to feel completely right and suitable for you and setting up a framework of working together that will fit for you.
Counselling can offer you a confidential and secure space in which to explore, gain insight, even shift, manage and accept your feelings, such as, anxiety, loneliness, confusion, anger, grief, loss or depression. We can confidentially and non-judgementally explore any relationship difficulties you may be facing. All of us face challenges in our lives, indeed I have, be that from childhood, adolescence, adulthood, mid-life and older age, and having a person to talk to, through counselling can offer a safe and confidential place. Where you feel someone really listens to you, without preconceptions or judgement. I hope that your experience will be that you can look to work through these challenges, with the encouragement and support of a neutral and professional other. Through the therapeutic relationship you can often find some new ways forward, which can promote growth, insight and acceptance and/or change for you.
Some of the possible benefits of counselling can be gaining fresh insight, a new/different understanding, and some renewed strengths and paths to follow, that can bring positive change and energy. Also counselling can help decrease anxiety, by gaining insights into understanding what is/has been happening for you. This again provides an increased sense of hope, faith and energy. You will hopefully feel like you’re not alone, feeling less overwhelmed and more able to empower yourself to make some new choices, and changes that are led by you; and I will support you with this.
Firstly I am a warm, caring and genuine person who thoroughly enjoys working with people and I have done this in many different capacities, working with young children and older people. I originally came to Counselling in 2002, where I wanted to consolidate all my work experience. I first gained the Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies, then I continued to gain further professional qualifications in Social Work and Counselling, such as the Diploma in Counselling Studies, and Diploma in Counselling. Then achieving a BSc Honours Degree in Counselling. When we meet I can explain my background and experience, qualifications, etc and I can answer any of your questions, the best I can.
I have been a Volunteer Counsellor working therapeutically with Primary Aged children in Cardiff. I also work in Private Practice, working with adults, young people, children and couples. I have extensive experience of working in a variety of therapeutic, supervisory, assessing and supportive capacities, with families and adults. I possess over 20 years of experience in these fields; gained working with individuals and families, of all ages and abilities, within the voluntary, private and statutory sectors of Health, Education and Social Care. Furthermore I have worked in private industry and fully understand the stresses involved with work demands and difficulties with work relationships and expectations, issues with confidence, work conflict and redundancy.
My overriding ethos is to respect, value and promote the rights and dignity of individuals, couples and families. I strive to be open and to respect every person who chooses to contact me, and engage in counselling with me. We can explore and find ways together to review and improve your wellbeing.
How I work
My approach stems from who I am as a person. I am a Person Centred counsellor and I hope your experience will be one where you can feel safe, non-judged, listened too, supported and understood. I integrative where appropriate for you, with different psychological therapies. My approach as I get to know you, may with your agreement look at the here and now, and/or your past; but we will agree on this together. What may prove truly helpful for you, is what matters to me. We together can reflect upon the various elements of your lived experience, which looks systemically at your life and how you live it.
Working together as equals, the therapeutic relationship that we would create together, will enable you to feel more positive about yourself, with time to find your own solutions, and improve how you feel about your life. Whilst I will support and encourage you to consider thinking differently. I am not the expert on you, you are the expert on you. It really can be an empowering and transforming experience, increasing your self awareness, and leaving you more in control of making positive changes in your life.
I have a vast amount of experience working with both adults and children on an open-ended basis. Our work together may be short term with an agreed time period. Or longer term, we can discuss the session plan together and look to review how the process is for you, at an agreed stage. My aim will be the supporting and enabling of you at your chosen pace, to reflect upon any difficulties or anxieties you might be going through. With empathy and insight I will offer you an attitude that is safe, sensitive and down to earth. Each session will last approx 50 minutes; what you wish to discuss and share is entirely up to you; but I will encourage and support you throughout our work together.
Counselling doesn’t have to be about having a formal conversation with a therapist. As I work creatively with many, so if it helps you, or you are interested, your session can be creative. We can explore the use of art, stones, mindfulness or music, as a way for you to share and tell your story. Or a way that suits you, please feel you can bring your ideas, so you can feel enabled, relaxed and at ease. I aim to be led by you, and your needs; and can offer suggestions or signposting, where appropriate. I have positive links with many other organisations and therapists which may also be helpful for you. A photo of my room can be emailed to you, so you can envisage where we will meet.
Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, qualifications & experience
I am passionate and committed to continually building and updating my skills and own personal development. I receive regular Supervision from qualified Supervisors and via Peer Supervision. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and operate to their strict ethical guidelines to ensure safe and contained counselling practice. http://www.bacp.coM
I am a fully qualified Social Worker and Counsellor, having studied at UWIC and The University of Glamorgan.
Training/workshops undertaken or attended :
Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People 2020
End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation 2020
Managing Anxiety and Panic Attacks 2019
Human Trafficking and Support for Asylum Seekers and refugees 2019
Person Centred Creativity - 2018
Trauma and Adverse Reactions - 2018
Eating Disorders Training - October 2017
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - July 2017
Schema Therapy - July 2017
Reiki Level 2 - November 2017
Reiki Level 1 - May 2017
Self Esteem Training - May 2017
12 months Foundation Course in Yoga 2015 - 2016.
Sleep Problems and Weight Management - 2016
Working with Personality Disorders - 2016
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - 2016
Safeguarding Children - 2016
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Level 1 and 3 - 2016
Professional Training in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, 2015, The British Mindfulness Institute.
TA and Mindfulness, Mark Head, 2014, Temenos
The Embodied Mindful Woman - Sofya Ansari, 2014
Eating Disorders Awareness, Towards a Greater Understanding - Temenos, 2014
Couples in Recovery - Temenos, 2014
The Neuroscience of Fostering and Adoption - BAAF, 2013
Mindfulness Level 1 - Mindful Space, 2012
Mindfulness Level 2 - Mindful Space, 2013
Mindfulness for Health Professionals, Counsellors and Educators, 2013
Certificate - Using Play & Creative Methods in Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2012
Certificate - Place2talk - Place2be, 2012
Certificate in Working with Difference and Diversity - Place2be, 2011
Mindfulness Coaching & Meditation (1-1 & Course attended) - Mindful Space
An Audience with Irvin Yalom - The Banbury Centre, 2011
Certificate in Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
Certificate in Anticipating and Minimising Conflict Situations
Certificate in Childrens Emotional Wellbeing - Place2be
Certificate in Working with Children and Young People with Mental Health Issues
Certificate in Helping Children Tell Their Stories - Place2be
Certificate in Introduction to Play Therapy - Stepping Stones
Certificate in Domestic Abuse & Child Protection Level 3- Welsh Womens Aid
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
Certificate in Domestic Abuse Awareness - Welsh Womens Aid
Certificate in Domestic Abuse Level 2 - Welsh Womens Aid
Certificate in Working with Young People who Self Harm - The Amber Project
Certificate in Childhood Trauma
Certificate in Preventing and Minimising Conflict Situations
Certificate in Mental Health Level 2
Certificate in Dysfunctional Attachments
Certificate in Advanced Child Development
Certificate in Exploring Early Years and Infants Mental Health
Working with Addictions and Recovery Conference - Temenos, 2013
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I accept referrals from GP's, Occupational Health Specialists, EAP's and other Professionals, please enquire.
Initial Assessment and ongoing sessions - face to face 50 minutes. A shorter session can be negotiated together if online / Zoom session. If face to face a longer session can also be worked out.
Fees are reduced rate £30- then up to £45.
As above, a discounted rate can be offered, if you are on a low income, receiving benefits, pension, or a student. We can review this together via telephone discussion or our first meeting.
In light of current Covid 19 pandemic I wish to offer all front line workers a reduced rate of £30.
When you contact me, we can discuss any other questions in our initial telephone conversation.
Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice - I respectfully ask that 50 % of your agreed fee be paid please. The lost counselling time, could mean your appointment could have been offered to somebody else.
I do really appreciate events, emergencies and illness arise for us all. I always try to be flexible and understanding of this. You can pay cancellations, by post or online or at your next session. ) If I have to cancel I will do my best to offer you a suitable and timely new appointment.
Counsellors in Training - looking for your compulsory 10 hours (or more) personal therapy - please get in touch. Again I would wish to support you, and your studies, and can offer concessions.
Concessions offered for
I work from a very welcoming and pleasant room, the address is shown below. There are a range of coffee shops nearby and parking. As I am also a counsellor within the NHS, as well as being in private practice.
This is my own room based at Therapy at The Derw, Market House, Room 7, Market Road, Canto, Cardiff. There is private parking behind our room, or on street or at Chapter which we are part of, or in public car parks, very near by, free for 2 hours.
I also can offer sessions in Pontprennau.