Jane Thoy (Reg MBACP; BSc Hons; Dip Counselling)
Welcome, I'm Jane Thoy; I'm a BACP Registered Counsellor and freelance Trainer working from Ilkley and Leeds (West Yorkshire). I'm passionate about supporting people through developing positive relationships rooted in real, open and honest communication.
My counselling training was based on a relational model which means our working relationship will provide the foundation to explore your concerns and experience of relationships in your personal, social and professional life. I also draw on other theories and resources to tailor the support to best meet each individual’s needs.
Sometimes we're very sure about why we are seeking counselling and sometimes it simply isn’t that clear-cut; something just doesn’t feel right within us. These issues may be rooted in current, recent and/or childhood experiences; in our personal, social and/or working lives. Counselling provides a confidential, safe place to explore, identify and understand concerns and work collaboratively with someone whose only agenda is to support you in achieving your counselling goals.
Our Initial Meeting
After an initial phone or email chat, our first assessment session will provide an opportunity to just meet and chat and for you to assess whether I might be the right person to help you. If I feel I don't have a specific expertise for you to truly get the best out of counselling, I'll be honest with you and try to help identify someone who is. If you do want to continue, we'll talk about when and how often to meet and potentially how long for: I'll try to provide flexibility around this whenever possible, but most people choose to start with weekly sessions at a regular time and day of the week. I will also provide you with more information in the form of a Counselling Contract.
How Counselling Can Help
In counselling sessions, I strive to maintain the safe, empathetic, non-judgmental environment in which to continue understanding your concerns and presenting issues. We will work together to take steps towards achieving your counselling goals - this may include considering different perspectives, identifying alternative ways of thinking and new coping strategies - you determine if, when and how. Counselling is often about healing but also acceptance, personal growth and development: Whilst it can sometimes feel challenging, it can also be inspiring and creative.
Who I Work With
I work face-to-face with adults (not couples or families) experiencing:-
• Feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, low mood
• Grief, loss, trauma, relationship issues
• Low self-esteem, low confidence
• Specialism - The impact of being in an abusive relationship. I can offer survivors of relationship/domestic violence and abuse specialist insight and resources to support recovery from its wide-ranging impact (whether the abusive relationship is recent or historic). See "About" on my website for further information.
Where I Work
Whilst I work from home in Ilkley, the counselling room has its own private access (but no waiting area). My premises are on a main bus route and parking is available 2-mins walk away. There are two steps up to the room and a grab-rail is available.
In Leeds (Headingley area), the premises have a private access, on-street parking and are close to a main bus route. There is a single flight of steps to the counselling room.
Training, qualifications & experience
After an early career in the financial and personnel sector, I changed direction and completed a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology followed by several years working with families and children experiencing a wide range of traumas, stresses and relationship problems. During this time I also developed a passion for supporting people who had experienced, or were living with, relationship abuse (a.k.a. domestic violence and abuse/dv&a).
Including a period working with victims of crime, over the past 12 years I have specialised in relationship abuse/dv&a recovery; my roles have included Counsellor, Community Supporter, Trainer, Team Supervisor and New Project & Service Development.
I have worked in a diverse range of settings including the voluntary and statutory sectors and delivered dv&a training programmes in these sectors as well as private, commercial and education settings.
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (2002) – University of Leeds
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2007) – Leeds Metropolitan University (BACP Approved course)
Transactional Analysis 101 (2009)
Training for Trainers (2016)
Throughout my career I have attended many training courses relevant to my work, developing my skills and knowledge to support a broad range of presenting issues e.g. Self-Harm, Safeguarding etc. I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a personal goal but also to comply with the requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework. Similarly, I access professional guidance and support from an Accredited BACP Supervisor and carry appropriate insurance to comply with BACP recommendations
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist experience in supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse / Relationship Abuse in their recovery.
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Initial Assessment - £25 (40 mins). This assessment session will provide an opportunity for us to meet, understand your needs, discuss how we may work together and potentially for how long. The session is also about identifying whether you think I am the right person for you. If we identify I am not the right counsellor, I will endeavour to signpost you elsewhere.
Counselling Sessions - £45 (60 mins) . Sessions are usually weekly, especially in the early stages, but I am happy to be flexible where possible.
I work in Ilkley from Tuesday - Friday and can offer some evening appointments.
I work in Leeds (Headingley area) Saturday afternoon.
I aim to reply to all phone messages and emails within 24 hours during my working days and unless you tell me otherwise, assume I can call you back and/or email you on the number/email address you have used to contact me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Ilkley - There are two steps to access the counselling room. A grab-rail is available by the door if required. Leeds - There is a single flight of steps to the counselling room.
Tuesday - Friday; flexible hours, including evenings (Ilkley). Limited Saturday appointments available (Leeds only). I can offer time-limited, short-term or long-term contracts.
Types of client
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