Jane Porter Reg MBACP (Accred)
I offer individual and couples counselling in Penrith.
My clients find that being listened to by someone who isn’t directly involved with their issues can be a hugely helpful process.
Many of us are so busy with our day to day life that any underlying problems or concerns can fester away inside us and gradually become overwhelming. Sometimes we share our worries with friends and family who can offer valuable support, but counselling can give you the necessary time and a confidential place to talk things through with someone who is not emotionally involved, which can help you see things differently.
Some people feel that their issues are not really important, but clients come to me with many different concerns. Anxiety; stress; depression; work related issues; bereavement; abuse; family issues; relationships; separation and divorce; are just some of them, but there are many more which don’t have a label and have just as great an impact on their lives.
I will offer you a comfortable, safe and confidential place to talk and explore your worries and thoughts without fear of judgement. I will listen and focus on whatever you bring to the sessions and help you make sense of your difficulties. In respecting your values and approach to life, I will support you in making changes and in coming to terms with those things that you can’t change.
In the the first session I will explain what you can expect from counselling with me and give you the opportunity to ask questions before we begin. At the end of the session you can decide whether you wish to continue. There is no pressure, I have no expectations and I have no agenda - it is about you feeling comfortable and safe.
Sessions last an hour and are arranged for a mutually agreed regular time. There is no fixed number of counselling sessions – everybody is different. Some clients only require a few sessions, others may need more. Progress and the need for further sessions is reviewed with the client on a regular basis.
All relationships are exposed to many challenges during their life-time - parenting, work, financial matters, retirement, loss to name but a few. Couples react to these challenges differently and sometimes we find ourselves having rows, resenting each other and drifting apart.
Couples Counselling can provide you with the time and a safe, neutral space to talk to each other and hear each other. I help keep the session balanced and provide support in helping you understand each other better and find ways forward in the relationship.
You may feel very nervous and anxious about seeing a counsellor so I hope the following comments from some past clients may help:
"I wish I had come to see you sooner. I never thought my life could be different"
“Thank you very much for all your help and support over my sessions. I know I’ll be able to manage from now on”
“Jane is a fantastic person to talk to and opened my eyes to what the real issues were”
“Counselling has given me a chance to converse with someone who listens without judging, time to reflect on what is important to me”
"Jane welcomed me into her practice and provided a comfortable place to explore my problems and took her time to listen to me without judgement. I honestly don't know why I didn't visit her sooner as her sessions have been invaluable in helping me feel like me again, thanks Jane!"
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (BACP accredited)
HE Certificate in Counselling
Certificate in Relationship Counselling
Certificate of training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy
My clients are adults, couples and young people and I work both privately and in the voluntary sector.
I regularly attend workshops and training to keep updated with current practice and for my own professional development.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If your concern doesn't appear on the list above we can discuss this at our initial meeting and decide whether I can help.
I think it is important for you to feel comfortable and able to work with me so my first session is free and without obligation. After this I charge £40 per session for both individuals and couples - with concessions for students.
I have daytime and early evening appointments available throughout the week.
It can be very difficult making that first contact so if you find it easier then send me an email. Both my email and phone number are confidential.
I have Professional Insurance and as a member of BACP I work within their Ethical Framework.