Janice Acquah, BSc, MA (Registered Member BACP)
I am an integrative relational counsellor and psychotherapist offering a supportive, accepting and confidential space in which we can explore what has brought you to counselling or therapy. I work in practices either 5 minutes' walk from Angel or King's Cross Stations.
Counselling or therapy with me
Whether you are feeling in a desperate place or have a niggling sense that you could be getting more from life, counselling can provide the space you need. I believe in the value of working through your dilemmas, anxieties, low mood, concerns, traumas or loss, within a therapeutic relationship that can offer a real meeting between us as individuals. My aim is to offer a safe but robust space in which you can risk becoming more fully yourself, whatever that may mean to you.
As a counsellor I have worked with people bringing a wide range of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression, bereavement, miscarriage, addiction and recovery, eating disorders, trauma, surviving childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, self-harm, chronic illness, being a carer, work-place tensions, racism, being mixed heritage or mixed race, sexuality, parenting dilemmas and relationship issues.
You may arrive in therapy wanting to change some aspect of your life or behaviour. Together, we can consider practical strategies and creatively explore what might help, using images, body-mind awareness or, should you wish to, drawing, dreams or writing. We may work on finding meaning in your ‘story’. But people often feedback to me, that having the sense of being really listened to and heard can be an important first stage. To support the process, nurturing kindness and acceptance within ourselves can be key and a good therapeutic relationship can help this develop. We can try and find out what works for you.
Choosing the right counsellor or therapist
Research findings rate the quality of the therapeutic relationship as having a significant impact on the effectiveness of the therapy*. I offer a reduced-fee introductory session where you can get a sense of whether my approach feels right for you and I can consider whether I feel I can be of help. Meeting other therapists before you make a decision can be a useful part of the process.
An integrative approach draws together different theories. For me, these include humanistic theories such as a person-centred approach, Gestalt and existential ideas, as well as ideas from attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis, contemporary body psychotherapy and current thinking on trauma and the body. I am cautiously interested in how findings from neuroscience may guide my practice. I also have an interest in integrating ideas from CBT and mindfulness.
Within an approach framed by my theoretical thinking, I aim to be responsive and respectful to the different needs of each individual I work with.
If you arrive with a single issue or dilemma you want to work through, we may arrange to work together for a few weeks or months. Otherwise we may agree to work together on an open-ended basis or consider referring you on to a practitioner with different skills.
More about me.....and you
As a ‘mixed race’ woman of dual heritage (English and Ghanaian), I consider identity to be fluid and am interested in how society often seeks to categorise us - by our sexuality, race, ethnicity, gender, religion or beliefs, class, career (or not), choices we make or any other distinction or polarity. We may choose to define ourselves. I think therapy can offer a valuable space in which we can explore how we wish to be in the world, what our relationship is with any of these identifiers despite the expectations of others. I am interested in you and how you make sense or seek to make sense of the world. I will affirm your right to hold your sense of your identity. In my experience this can be a freeing process.
* Norcross, J.C. and Wampold B.E. (2011) Evidence-based therapy relationships: research conclusions and clinical practices. Psychotherapy Vol 48(1): 98-102
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Counselling from The Minster Centre in London (Middlesex University). As well as seeing clients in private practice, I have worked at an alcohol addiction and recovery centre, in a low cost therapy service and have been an associate counsellor at SOAS (University of London). I have also trained and volunteered with Place2Be, counselling secondary school students.
My first degree was in Biology with a specialism in environmental biology. I also work as an actor, have worked as a presenter and have served on arts and educational governing bodies.
I have received specialist training in working with alcohol and addiction from Haringey Recovery Service. Additional training includes eating disorders, self-harm and suicide and training as a mediator in neighbour disputes with Camden Mediation Service. I have spent many years working with mindfulness through yoga and I have experience of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
As a counsellor I have worked with people on a wide range of issues including:
- addiction and recovery
- alcohol dependency
- career change
- carer support/being a carer
- childhood sexual abuse
- chronic illness
- couples work
- cross cultural relationships
- cultural difference
- domestic abuse
- eating disorders
- faith issues
- family separation
- panic attacks
- parenting dilemmas
- relationship issues
- terminal illness
- work-place tensions
I abide by the Code of Ethics of the UKCP and the BACP of which I am a registered member.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mixed race, mixed heritage, biracial identities
£70-85 with some availability for slightly lower rates on a sliding scale down to £55. (I am sorry I currently have no low-cost availability).
£50 for an initial appointment.
I invite you to get in touch by email, text or phone call. We can arrange to have a brief chat over the phone to see if you want to set up an initial appointment.
Finding what you need
Good luck going forward. It can feel daunting to begin. I hope you find what you need.
Disabled access: King's Cross location - fully wheelchair accessible
More about counselling
Counselling can grow your understanding of how patterns have come to be - perhaps through individual and family dynamics, historical roots, interactions with our socio-cultural and political context, or events in your past. Understanding can be enabling. We may come to realise we cannot change other people but we can begin to change how we engage with ourselves, with others and with our environment. At times, this may feel like challenging work. In a containing and compassionate space, with the attention of a trained counsellor, we can be curious, increasing awareness and acceptance of what is happening right now. This, in itself, can be releasing.