About me

I am an experienced BACP accredited counsellor and coach and together we can work with whatever you choose to bring whether that's online, on the phone or face-to-face.  I love having the opportunity to listen carefully and respond with empathy in a way that will help you. My intuition, my ability to listen and my willingness to provide you with a warm accepting presence, means that I can help you to work through issues that concern you, be they personal, social, work-related or relationship based; anxiety, bereavement, depression, bullying, self-esteem. I believe passionately that everyone has the resource within them to find a way forward.

I will provide you with a professional, confidential, empathic, and non-judgemental environment. I work as a humanistic, existential counsellor with individual adult clients of all ages. This means that I am guided by what you choose to bring to the counselling sessions.

I offer sessions of one hour up to once a week.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practising since 2003 and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within the values, principles and personal qualities demanded by BACP’s ethical framework.

I have a broad experience of adults who came with a wide variety of issues:

  • stress and anxiety
  • feeling sad
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • bereavement and loss
  • panic disorder
  • bullying
  • phobias
  • low self-esteem
  • abuse
  • learning difficulties
  • Aspergers
  • agoraphobia
  • sexuality
  • and health-related issues

I have a degree in counselling from the Metanoia Institute, London and I am also qualified as a coach to Executive Level 7 with the Institute of Leadership and Management. I am a trained couples counsellor. I initially trained as a pharmacist to postgraduate level and have worked for many years in public service with patients and staff, innovating, developing and managing complex situations.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in counselling (person centred), Middlesex University
  • Diploma in person-centred counselling, Metanoia Institute
  • Focussing Certificate (British Focussing Association)
  • Executive coaching and leadership mentoring, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM7)
  • M.Sc. Clinical Pharmacy, University of London
  • MPharm., University of London

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in bereavement and loss and I have a particular experience of working with people who have experienced sudden loss. In addition I enjoy working with young adults experiencing anxiety and I have worked with people with phobias, particularly agraphobia and I am experienced in and willing to assist with exposure therapy.

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Fees

Additional information

Individuals: £50 for one hour

I can offer you an initial short introductory session free of charge so that we can talk about how you might be helped by counselling and see whether you feel you would like to work with me.

I offer concessionary rates for one person at any one time so it is worth asking about the availability of a reduced rate.

Availability

I am generally available on weekdays during the day and in the evening.

Reading
Berkshire
RG1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

I am close to the centre of Reading, 25 minutes walk from the train station and close to bus routes 26, 1, 1a and 2. There is plenty of free parking outside. I have no pets.

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Jane Nicholls

Jane Nicholls