Jasmine Cooray (MBACP Registered Counsellor)
Hello and Welcome.
I am an Integrative Counsellor offering 1-2-1 therapy for adults and young people aged 16 and above.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, my practice is operating solely online.
Why have counselling?
At any time, we can find ourselves stuck, overwhelmed or feel we don’t know what to do.
You might have experienced loss or change, find yourself repeating thoughts or behaviours you want to adjust, or want to free up stuck parts of your life. You might need assistance in holding the challenges you face.
Therapy provides support from someone with an outside perspective, with whom you can speak freely in a safe environment about the things affecting you. It can be challenging, but also transformative, to talk.
What are the basics?
My role as a counsellor is to help you explore your own experience and find ways to make it easier to deal with your situation. Together, we will talk, see what thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations arise, and do our best to understand them.
You will be provided with a warm, clarifying and grounding environment: a confidential space to not be alone with what is bothering you.
Can you describe a bit more about how you work?
I work in an integrative, creative, embodied way, which means I am trained in several different modalities (listed below) and will draw from them according to your needs.
For example, I might offer a safe witness to painful parts of your history, or I might offer ways of changing or managing negative thoughts that arise in the present.
Usually I work combining looking backwards and looking forwards: that is, work towards understanding the experiences that contribute to your challenges, and find ways to manage and overcome the echoes of these experiences in the present.
I find sensations in the body a useful informant for our emotions, so usually will attend to these too.
We can discuss what you feel might be helpful in the initial session, and if I think something might be useful as we along, I will offer it directly to you for discussion.
I have experience with a wide range of issues that include stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, gender and sexuality, bereavement, abandonment, disability, chronic illness, self harm and low-self worth.
Why are you a counsellor?
I believe that we have all done our best to survive and adapt to the circumstances of our pasts, but that sometimes we need help letting go of what isn't useful anymore and finding the freedom to live the life that we want. I want to do work that challenges the message that we must be inauthentic about how we feel to be acceptable. I came to counselling as someone who found being a client incredibly healing, and wanted to pass that experience on. I'm here to help give you a leg up into breathing more easily.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor with a PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre, London. I am registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of ethics.
I am completing my Psychotherapy MA. I have worked as a counsellor in a number of contexts, including for homelessness prevention charity Alone in London and for LGBT service London Friend.
Prior to training, I worked in the arts and education sector, as a teacher of creative writing. My creativity informs my style of working in that I will encourage anything that there aren't enough plain words for in the room to be expressed with the body, in drawings or verbal images.
I have dual-heritage (mixed race) and I offer an LGBTQ inclusive space.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience in working with chronic and invisible illnesses, hair loss, cultural identity, and issues around creativity.
If you feel like you would like to work with me, please email or call to arrange an initial meeting and/or to ask any questions you have.
The face to face initial meeting is where you can say what's happening for you and what you'd like help with. This meeting is £30.
If you decide you want to continue, sessions are £50-£60 depending on what you can afford.
I do have some lower-cost spaces but these are currently full. I will update this listing if that changes.
Notes on Accessibility:
The Minster Centre is accessible, with wheelchair-accessible therapy rooms and bathrooms.