Jason Burns, MBACP, HCPC, Adv. Dip., Pg. Dip.
++ Due to the COVID Pandemic, my work is currently offered though Zoom and telephone. I have found that this way of working, though an unforeseen and forced changed, has been very effective for my current clients, most of whom have decided to continue working with me in this way. Due to the current crisis, and the unplanned way of working, I am currently offering reduced fees, so please contact me to discuss affordability ++
If you are struggling with being in the world, with accepting yourself, or with a particular historical issue, I am here to be alongside you, witness you, and support you on your journey towards resolution and increased levels of peace - I find it’s the journey that matters, more so than the outcome.
With over fifteen years experience in social care, many as a social worker, I have worked with a wide variety of people, with a multitude of issues, and have now turned that practical knowledge into a formal qualification as an Integrative Counsellor.
Healthier relationship with ourselves, and others, is an achievable goal, and relies on empathy, compassion, love, and gentle challenge – these are the qualities I bring to my work, alongside being present to noticing what arises, and then encouraging work on what is noticed.
I am very interested in gender work, and particularly welcome men, who are keen to explore their masculinity, as well as women, who wish to explore their relationship with men. I have been in a men’s group for over fifteen years, and have been involved in men’s gatherings recently. We are travelling through exciting, unstable, unknown times, and, in my view, part of the shift in consciousness is a challenge to men, from women, to reconsider their relationship with themselves, and with others; exploring such dynamics can be both terrifying, and elating.
Loneliness, a sense of not feeling understood, or not belonging can be the most awful experience. Experiencing a connection with another, and subsequently with oneself, differently, in a held space where there is no judgement, can be cathartic, and exploring new possibilities can be quietly revolutionary.
I am drawn to this process, and bring my connection to my own vulnerability, my sensitivity, and my acute awareness, of struggle, and of transformational possibility into my focused attention to those I am working with.
I understand difficulty; I have experienced mental health issues in my life, following a difficult childhood. I now regard myself as someone who thrives; I experience an honest and loving relationship with my wife and my children. As such I have wisdom to offer, and resilience to demonstrate, from my own ongoing journey, and some significant stumbles and triumphs, personally, and professionally.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Integrative Counsellor, incorporating Person-Centred, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural, and Sand Tray work.
Being fully present to your experience, and engaging with your story, I find the work evolves in the moment. However, a trustful relationship is paramount, as this allows me to lead the client towards deep and powerful work.
I offer experiments, and opportunities to move about; together we can re-live and re-engage with the lived quality of historical experiences, so healing can occur.
Addressing unhelpful thoughts through CBT can be formalised into specific strategies, and work to explore the subconscious through Sand Tray is a profound experience.
I incorporate mindfulness techniques, and role play, and somatic work (what is experienced in the body), and consider how I approach my work to be integrative because of many years experience of people work.
I am beginning to learn more about the effects of trauma, and am inspired by the work of Pete Walker and Bessel van der Kolk. Recently (February 2020), I undertook a weekend exploring Embodied-Relational and Radix Therapies, with Stephen Tame & Judith Salling-Ash. This deep contact work is about focusing on one's embodied relationship with self and other, now and in the past, in order to apply this with clients.
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
My fees are £40 per hour.
I have spaces for concessions, as they are available - this is a negotiable fee.
Concessions offered for
I am also a professional declutterer, and integrate counselling into this incredible work. My website gives more details about this work, and includes films of former clients.