About me

I believe that therapy gives us an unique personal wisdom which sustains us and helps us to choose better paths throughout life - in fact my favourite quote is "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers" (Tennyson).

I have 25 years experience of working for the NHS in the mental health field as a psychotherapist/counsellor and have Senior Accredited Status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.  In addition, I am also a Supervisor to other therapists and organisations, and an academic lecturer and supervisor to NHS counselling and psychotherapy students undertaking their Masters degrees.

My recent career has been in the NHS, where I published a book called "Looking After your Mental Health."

I trained in the psychodynamic model at Reading University, then the Integrative Approach at the Central School of Counselling and Psychotherapy in London.  I then undertook an M.Sc.,  which included research on health psychology and I have  presented papers to the Royal College of Science in London on patient motivation.  I then followed this with an M.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

My particular interest is working with relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression, and attachment issues.  However, Janet believes that therapy is about helping people with unconscious underlying issues which is preventing them from enjoying life fully.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Two Advanced Diplomas in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma.

M.A. (Masters Degree) in Psychotherapy and an M.Sc in Health Psychology.

Diploma in Supervision and supervises other therapists, and  therapists in Organisations.

Lecturer at a University, and supervise M.A. Dissertations.

Published research on health behaviour and has presented papers to the Royal College of Science in London.

I have 18 years experience in the NHS where she worked in the Mental Health field. 

I have designed and delivered courses to Companies and Organisations on Stress Management, Anger Management, Working with Groups, Group Psychology, Counselling patients with Alcohol and Drug Problems, as well as personal development courses.

I have received a Global Award 2017 for Reading and District, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Trauma and Recovery.

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.


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 also see patients in later years  of life, and also patients suffering from job loss and redundancy.


Additional information

My Fees are £50.00 to £55.00
I do offer concessions to students undertaking counselling courses.

Further information

The Practice is situated in a quiet area of Caversham Heights. There is a No. 22 Bus Service which is from the centre of Reading and runs every half hour. This bus stops 50 yards from the Practice.

Summer Cottage
12 Shepherds Lane

Type of session

In person


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have a Dipoma in Supervision and have been supervising for 10 years.

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