Jan Spike Bsc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip, MBACP
I help clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement, family and relationship difficulties.
My approach is largely Person-centred, which means we work at your pace, developing the therapy around your individual needs.
I believe all of us have a natural drive to achieving optimum mental health which can get disrupted by life events. I help clients to explore aspects of their life that may be preventing them from becoming the most comfortable version of themselves.
My role is to work alongside my clients to help them to explore their feelings in relation to the world around them.
Why do clients come to see me?
Clients enter therapy for many different reasons. Some of my clients feel distressed and overwhelmed by fearful thoughts that leave them in a constant state of ‘high alert’; others experience such low periods that it can feel like they are treading in treacle. Others want to make sense of their relationships, or come to terms with loss.
How do I help clients?
Once my clients start to explore their emotional suffering, they often discover parts of themselves they have hidden, even from themselves, which can trigger positive change. Clients tell me even when circumstances remain unchanged, the way they deal with negative emotion is different after therapy, leaving them more able to cope and enjoy life without remaining shackled to the effects of life-limiting conflicting emotions.
Sometimes our confidence and self-esteem can get battered by life-events and we can feel hurt by the actions of others, causing great inner sadness or anxiety, which can create barriers to our development. Therapy can help to achieve better mental well-being, promoting higher self-esteem and improve confidence.
Can I help you?
It may be past, present or future issues that are affecting you, limiting your enjoyment of life. Whatever is concerning you, therapy may help you to resolve practical issues, however, my client’s often tell me it is how they deal with the issues they face that helps them most.
If I have not mentioned your particular issue and you would like to discuss whether my approach will suit your needs please contact me via telephone for a chat.
I also provide internet, and telephone counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy:Professional Practice
- Diploma in Life Coaching
- Alongside my own practice, I also work for Bupa as a counsellor, providing support for people aged 16 years and over suffering the effects of a variety of experiences.
- I have worked for a local, professionally registered, charity providing service for people experiencing abuse, self-esteem difficulties, dealing with illness, bereavement, relationship issues, issues relating to caring for relatives with severe mental health issues, anxiety and depression. In addition, I worked for 'Place2Be', another registered charity, as a children's counsellor encouraging children to engage in creative expression.
Most of my training is focussed on Person-centred therapy, however, I have also completed studies in Solution Focussed Brief therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Development theory and Ethics.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Telephone consultation: Free
£40.00 per 50 minute session.
£25.00 per 50 minute session for students*
Free telephone counselling sessions available to NHS workers*
Reduced fees available for those on a low income*
*Please note these session are subject to limited availability. All sessions are subject to an assessment to ensure clinical suitability.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I undertake regular supervision and engage in continual professional development.