Jane Trask MBACP
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. 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 see all new clients within 3 working days of initial contact.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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All of the following are rates per 60 minute session:
I offer concessionary counselling sessions when such slots become available. Please, do feel free to ask about these. I have not raised my fees for five years, as I try to make counselling as widely available as I can.
"It will all be all right in the end. If it is not all right, it is not yet the end." Apologies to the Marigold Hotel.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is a small step up into the house, and another very shallow one just inside. Otherwise the premises is level, with both the therapy room and additional toilet facilities on the ground floor.
I'm afraid I'm currently fully booked.
Types of client