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Dip. Couns MBACP

About me

Hello and thank you for clicking on my profile.  

My name is Janine and I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and a registered member of the BACP.  I work with adults on a 1 to 1 basis, offering both short-term and longer-term counselling (depending on client need) face to face or online by video link. 

A common misconception is that people only seek counselling when they have a mental illness, or they are in crisis.  This couldn't be further from the truth!  The honest truth is that many people seek counselling to help them when life has thrown them a curve ball and they are struggling to make sense of things (and let's face it, that happens to all of us! - especially over the last couple of years). 

I am really passionate about breaking the stigma associated with mental health and I wholeheartedly believe that counselling and therapy can benefit everyone, regardless of who you are and what issues you may bring. 

People come for all different reasons and sometimes, they can't even put their finger on exactly what is wrong - they just know that they don't feel good about life or themselves and they want to explore what might be making them feel this way. 

I can help with this through listening, understanding and working together to unearth what might be behind these feelings.  Everything is kept confidential and I provide a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and feelings.

Sometimes anxiety in its various forms may be playing a part in what's happening, other times depression may be causing some distress.  There may be a specific life event such as bereavement, loss, redundancy, separation or divorce that has impacted your life, or you may be struggling with something else such as relationship or family problems, low mood or self-esteem, loss of purpose and identity or just feeling very lost and foggy-brained.  Maybe your mojo has got up and gone and you'd like it back!

Whatever it is, I can help.

I work with people with a whole range of issues, however I am particularly passionate about helping people to discover meaning in their life so that they feel fulfilled, content and more connected to themselves and those they love. 

The first step in seeking support is often the hardest part and if you are feeling nervous or apprehensive about beginning therapy, that’s totally normal – most people do.  I hope I can put you at ease about what you can expect from me and the therapy process. 

I offer a free 20-30 minute initial phone consultation so that you can tell me a bit about what's going on and ask me any questions and I can tell you more about how I work so that we can make sure we are a good match for each other. 

Choosing a counsellor can feel like a daunting task and it’s important to choose someone who you feel is the right fit for you.  

So a little bit about me and how I work...

My Approach

I am a person-centred therapist which means that I put you at the centre of our work. You decide what you would like help or support with and I walk beside you in your journey, sharing my warmth, acceptance, empathy and compassion.  

I take a holistic approach which means that I don't see my clients merely as labels; but as whole, unique individuals with complex needs, wants and desires. You are not the sum total of your anxiety or depression, or a set of symptoms. 

We know that unexpressed emotions, stress and trauma can be stored in the body and are contributing factors to many physical conditions and create dis-ease in the body and so I advocate for spiritual practices such as mindfulness, meditation and yoga to help restore a sense of calm and well-being and as a way of improving emotional regulation.  

I really believe that we all know what is best for us deep down but sometimes we need help and support figuring things out.  I am passionate about supporting people to harness the power within themselves to make changes in their lives so that they feel happier and more fulfilled.

I don't believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy and so I take an integrative approach and draw on several counselling theories and practices to support my clients in whatever way is best for them.  Sometimes, looking back at childhood can help to make sense of things that are troubling you in the present (Psychodynamic Approach), other times looking at the dynamics of a relationship may be what's needed (Transactional Analysis).  Where someone may have had a difficult childhood, I may use the Inner Child Approach to help heal old wounds.  

I believe therapy is a very personal and individual thing and so I work collaboratively with you to ensure you are receiving the very best support that will help you achieve your therapy goals.  

Some people come to therapy for help with specific issues; others are looking for help figuring out what may be holding them back and affecting their life. Whatever has led you here, counselling can most definitely help.

Why choose me?

Counselling sometimes involves talking about some difficult or painful issues and I pride myself in being warm, friendly and non-judgemental.  I’m passionate about helping other people and am a naturally empathic and compassionate person.  

Before I trained to become a counsellor, I had my own therapy to help me through a difficult time in my life and so I know how it feels to reach out for help and support. 

My counsellor helped me tremendously and it was this experience that lit a fire inside me and made me want to help other people.  Seeing the impact that I can make is so rewarding and I feel privileged to be able to help.

I've had a variety of jobs in the past across various sectors, from Teaching, Tutoring and Customer Service roles to working in Retail and Hospitality.  To be honest, there isn't much I haven't tried!  I've also travelled quite extensively around the US, Canada and Australia and have a wealth of life experience to draw from as well as being a mum to two teenagers.

I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is of utmost importance so I offer a free no obligation 20-30 minute telephone consultation so that we can both make sure we are a good fit for each other and you can have confidence that you have chosen the right therapist to help and support you.    

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 

I have undertaken the following training:

  • How To Do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer (BACP-Open University)
  • Moving Your Practice Online (Kate Anthony Training)
  • Suicide Awareness Training (Mind)
  • An Introduction to Traumatic Bereavement (Schools In Mind)
  • J9 Domestic Abuse Training
  • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Koala Counselling)
  • Uncertainty: An Existential Perspective (Ernesto Spinelli)
  • A Matter of Death and Life (Irvin Yalom)
  • Transitioning and Autonomy (LGBTQI+) (AIM Counselling)
  • Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)
  • Mental Health - Coronavirus and Beyond (Ruby Wax OBE) 
  • A Pluralistic Approach To Therapy (Mick Cooper)
  • What Does It Mean To Be Free? (Emmy Van Duerzen) 
  • Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People Impacted by Trauma (Kids Inspire)

During my counselling training, I undertook two voluntary placements; one at South Essex College, counselling students, offering help and support to young people so that they were able to continue with their studies and the other at Essex Community Rehabilitation Company, (Probation Service) counselling offenders who are on probation.  

Both of these placements provided rich and valuable experience of working with people from a variety of different backgrounds and walks of life, of different ages and with a range of issues. 

The non-judgemental aspect of person-centred therapy proved invaluable in both of these settings, particularly with those on probation.  

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As someone who follows the vegan philosophy and way of life, I am always keen to support others transitioning into veganism or those who may be more established.  At times, living as a vegan in a non-vegan world can be tough and emotionally draining.  

I can offer support as someone who understands first-hand the challenges that may present themselves in life.  How hard it can be to be the only vegan in your social group, family or workplace. What it's like to feel misunderstood, and met with pre-conceived ideas based on stereotypes and to be pre-judged or ridiculed.  

Get in touch today if you need support with this or any other issue. 


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual: £50 per 50 minute session

Counselling Students: £40 per 50 minute session 

When I work

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Further information

I have experience of working with a whole range of issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-worth and self-esteem, trauma, relationship problems, loss of identity and bereavement amongst many others. 

I am a Registered Member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics and undertake regular Continued Professional Development to make sure I am up to date with knowledge and training. 

Please get in touch by email or call 07752 859919 to arrange a free no obligation 15 minute telephone consultation.  

I look forward to hearing from you.

High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6

Rayleigh, Essex, SS6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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