Goodness, aren't there a lot of us to choose from! Hi, I'm Jane, thanks for taking a look at me, I know that it can be really hard to search out support, especially if you're feeling vulnerable and confused. Like you, I once scrolled through pages and pages of profiles trying to decide who I could trust with my thoughts and worries, who might understand me and who would be easy to talk to. I offer a safe, quiet and confidential space for you to discuss and explore your emotions and issues, at your pace. I work in a creative and integrative way, which means that I adapt how I work to meet your needs best.
HOW COUNSELLING CAN HELP
Sometimes life can be tough; we can get confused, low or stressed and can't seem to find our way - it's at these times that counselling can be useful and help us understand our emotions. People seek counselling for many reasons, sometimes due to a major trauma but it could be because there is something on your mind such as a current problem, a lingering feeling, an incident which still affects you, or maybe you can’t quite put your finger on what it is.
MY EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS
I have helped people with addictions, anxiety and stress, depression, relationship breakdown and bereavement, family or relationship difficulties, low self esteem, work related stress including bullying, major life changes and feeling unable to cope, and many other issues. I have used pets as therapy in the past with very rewarding results. Whilst I have absolutely no artistic talent, I've jointly led a 15 week art in therapy course; this was a real eye opener for me, and I now sometimes grab a blank page mid session if some creative idea springs to mind. I have recently completed a further diploma counselling children and young people, which I really enjoy and I've found it's helped me broaden my knowledge of therapeutic techniques which can be used across all ages.
I pursued a career in counselling after witnessing the devastating effect of crime when I worked in Crown Courts across the south-east. From burglary to rape, there is almost always an innocent victim who is left damaged by the callous actions of others. I wanted to be able to help these people. I've also volunteered at charities for both mental health and for carers.
My dedicated ground floor therapy room at my home on the outskirts of Shebbear has plenty of secluded parking and privacy. There are dogs and cats milling about, so please bear this in mind if you have allergies. Since our worlds were shaken by coronavirus, I've moved exclusively to online and phone sessions which I'll be continuing with after we've returned to our "new normals"; I'm afraid I won't be resuming face to face work until at least September 2020. I offer counselling to all, from the age of 12, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic origin.
HOW I CAN START TO HELP YOU
I understand that asking for help can be a big step and one that takes courage, and while I will support you to find a way through your current distress, I won’t tell you what you should do or tie you into a lengthy contract. I will value and respect you for who you are and will never judge you. If you would like to talk with me on the phone to find out a little bit more about what counselling involves, please give me a buzz on the above number; if it switches to voicemail please don't be discouraged as I'm probably in session and I'll call you back as soon as I can. I try hard to make personal contact with all new clients within 3 working days of their initial enquiry.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (hons) University of Surrey
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Working with Children and Young People, DCC
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Crown Prosecution Service, Legal Executive Officer
Counselling for Carers (C4C)
Clarity, Mental Health charity, Barnstaple
Pets in Therapy
Art as Therapy
Working with Children and Young People
Child Protection (West Berkshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership).
Erotic Transference and Counter-transference
Record Keeping and Pre-Trial Therapy
Working with Substance Abuse
Complications of Bereavement
Mental Health first aid.
Current DBS Certificate held.
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
Historic and childhood sexual abuse and assault
Now we have entered a new decade, stress and anxieties seem to be ever increasing and more people are seeking out help to cope. I've recently thought a lot about the fees which I charge and I have decided for the 6th year running not to increase them.
I feel very strongly that mental health services need to be accessible and affordable, so if you have decided to seek out private counsellors rather than waiting for an NHS referral, I still charge:
£30 per individual per hour, couples are £50.
((It's essential that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so I always offer a FREE initial 30 minute session to meet and discuss if and how I can help. If you don't feel we are a good "fit" then there's no obligation for you to continue working with me, or even get in contact again))
I CAN NOW ACCEPT PAYMENT BY ALL MAJOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS, PLUS APPLE & GOOGLE PAY. FOR VIRTUAL SESSIONS I ACCEPT ONLINE BANKING AND ALSO PAYPAL.
Sadly I've had to move entirely to online and phone appointments as a result of this. Please get in touch if you're needing someone to talk to during these uncertain and unsettling times.
I can offer Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp video calling, or just the phone if you prefer.