Welcome! My name is Jay Keep. I am a fully qualified, experienced, Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I am also a Wellbeing Coach, specialising in recovery from Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia. I can offer you confidential, professional counselling/coaching from my relaxed, peaceful studio, which is situated on the edge of our beautiful Sherwood Forest in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire.
It is conveniently placed for Newark, Ollerton, Worksop, Mansfield and surrounding areas by car or bus.There is ample free parking, disabled access and toilet facilities. An added bonus is that there is also a lovely, cosy tea room, opposite, owned by Lucy and assisted by her friendly, helpful staff.
- All necessary precautionary measure are in place as per Government guidelines.
- Hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes and spray are freely available inside and outside the building, feel free to wear a mask/gloves.
- I will not be offering drinks for the duration but please feel free to bring your own.
HOW I CAN HELP?
Sometimes we can find ourselves living a life that does not bring joy or fulfilment, but we continue to put one foot in front of the other in the hope that something might eventually change, this where therapy can help.
I offer a calm, confidential, non-judgemental space in which, together, we can explore and share whatever is troubling you, whether it is counselling a short term, specific issue or psychotherapy for deeper rooted problems.
Some of the personal feedback I have had from clients, peers and employers is that I am friendly, warm and approachable.
Life can often feel too much and we can experience feelings of; fear, sadness, loneliness/isolation, overwhelm, stress, anxiety, depression and anger. But it could also feel like you do not identify with any of those feelings at all because you have shut down and simply feel numb.
Sadly, our society does not encourage us to express those feelings, we are encouraged to maintain a 'stiff upper lip' and keep them hidden and carry on, but where do those feelings go?
Our feelings are important, they are messages, they tell us when all is not well, they need to be felt expressed and processed safely, this is why therapy is so helpful, you are free to say what it is you are feeling and know you are truly being heard without judgement
It is universally agreed that human beings need relationships, they are important to our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. It maybe that you are experiencing difficulties with relationships - for example, you are being bullied or are in a relationship that feels unhealthy. It could be that the relationship you have with yourself is not what you would like it to be, and are suffering with lack of confidence or have low self-esteem.
GRIEF AND LOSS
It could be that you are struggling to cope with your feelings of loss following a death. Grief is not confined to death of a person alone, it can occur when we experience a loss of any kind, it could be a relationship, a job, a much loved pet. Whatever the loss the process of grief is profoundly felt, it helps to share those feelings in therapy.
Often we become anxious and fearful about something specific or just have a generalised feeling of anxiety that we do not really understand. For some there may be a clearly defined cause, for others it might be a complete mystery.
Therapy can help with anxiety, understanding why you feel the way you feel, what is happening physically in the body this understanding can go a long way towards reducing the symptoms of anxiety.
You are then able to learn strategies that help you to manage the distressing symptoms of anxiety. (See below a testimonial by a client I recently worked with)
I place enormous faith in the resilience and resourcefulness of people. It may be that, in order to soothe yourself and manage your life and distress, you have developed strategies or behaviours e.g. drinking excessively, self-harming, smoking, over-eating, that once helped you to cope but now have become a problem and has added to your difficulties.
Talking about and learning why we do something, often normalises our feelings and helps us to feel more compassionate towards ourselves and in doing so creates the right conditions to move forward.
Some of the benefits of therapy that people have reported include enhanced;
Sense of peace
Ability to recognise and understand unwanted thoughts and/or behavioural patterns
Ability to relate to self and others
Ability to manage stress and anxiety
Ability to manage emotions
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Initially you would come for a free 30 minute (no obligation) chat to give me a brief overview of your needs. From there we can assess whether you feel that I am the right person to help and for me to decide whether or not I am qualified to provide the type of therapy that you need.
If we mutually agree that we can work together I will take down your contact details and do an assessment of your past medical, and social history and set up a regular session time and date.
Your wellbeing will always be central to the work, which is why I offer regular reviews throughout our time together where progress can be monitored and any issues arising can be mutually acknowledged and discussed. This ensures that your needs are being met.
*If you are interested in Wellbeing Coaching for Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia then the health assessment will be more detailed.
HOW I WORK
The type of therapy I offer is known as Humanistic and Integrative this means that I hold certain fundamental of positive beliefs about Humans Beings and use a wide range of theories and tools to increase understanding and awareness.
We are each unique, but share similar fundamental needs.
We thrive and heal in nurturing relationships, but can be hurt by toxic ones.
We strive to fulfil our potential.
We are capable of growth and change.
We are self-governing and are responsible for ourselves.
In recognition of the uniqueness of each individual, I am aware that needs and expectations also differ from client to client. I aim to address that by offering a kind of therapy that draws from various evidence-based disciplines within the counselling framework, that may include some creative, and educational work, as well as talking therapy.
I also strongly believe that it is the strength of the relationship between client and therapist that provides the solid foundation for the work. This stems from my genuine interest in you and your issues. I do not judge, diagnose or label. I am always authentic and respectful.
I am also mindful that we humans are more than the sum of our parts and therefore take a holistic view that incorporates the emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual implications of you and view it in the context of your current life circumstances. I do not see myself as the expert in the room, but as someone who walks alongside you in your quest for deeper awareness of self and others.
I offer Wellbeing Coaching when work with Chronic Fatigue. Coaching differs from Counselling & Psychotherapy, it is more future focussed and goal oriented. This work is conducted in collaboration with The Chrysalis Effect Online Recovery Programme (CEORP)
I look forward to hearing from you.
I offer concessionary rates for
Members of the medical professions e.g. Nurses Doctors
Members of the Emergency Services, First responders. Paramedics, Police Fire service
Serving members of the Armed Forces
"Life was spiralling out of control, everything was getting too much and my anxiety was unmanageable"
I learned not only the skills to manage my anxiety but finding the root causes and work on them individually. The power passed to me to say NO! has been a game changer and reduced my stress dramatically.
Getting an understanding of the mental and physical effects of anxiety has enabled me to recognise the early warning signs and deal with them before they take over".
Jay will always have a special part of my heart and I will be forever grateful for our time together"
"Thank you for making this horrible year less horrible. Thank you for listening, thank you for not making me a victim but a survivor. But most importantly, thank you for helping me find me"
Kerry J Mansfield
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy which I obtained at the Sherwood Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Nottingham (SPTI).
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This is an organisation which has a rigorous ethical framework for counselling professionals, which I adhere to.
I have full indemnity insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate.
I am a Wellbeing Coach accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
I have also undertaken specialist training in treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Myalgic Encephomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM).
I have a Diploma in Counselling & Hypnotherapy.
Prior to this I trained as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) and subsequently as a Registered General Nurse (RGN), working in operating theatres, nursing the elderly (rehabilitation and dementia care) and latterly as a Nursing Sister working in the community.
I have extensive experience as a volunteer Counsellor & Psychotherapist, working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence along with experience of a broader range of issues obtained as a volunteer therapist with MIND.
I work in conjunction with an online recovery programme for recovery from Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
I have completed extra training in
Grief & Loss
Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
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
If you would like to know more about the counselling and psychotherapy I offer, then I would be delighted to hear from you. Please email me using the link or call me to book a free informal chat to see if I am the right person to help you
If you call and find me unavailable, then I am probably with a client. Please leave me a voicemail or text message and be reassured that I will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
If you would like further information about talking therapy or coaching for Chronic Fatigue (CFS) Myalgic Encephomyelitis (ME) or Fibromyalgia (FM) please follow the link to my website
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Day time 60minute sessions £45.00
Evenings 60 minute session (after 5pm) £50.00 per session
Not subject to Vat
Currently, I only have a couple of daytime slots available
My original motivation for studying Counselling and Psychotherapy stems from my personal experience of living with someone who had emotional and mental health issues and my later my extensive experience as a nurse in mainstream medicine.
During my time as a nurse I became aware, intrigued and then frustrated by how our current medical model splits mind from body, creating a disconnect between the psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of human experiencing and wellbeing.
From my personal and professional experience, there appears to be little understanding or acknowledgment of how our minds and bodies are inextricably linked and work symbiotically to maintain the balance between them.
This has led to my interest in the area of Chronic Fatigue (CFS) Myalgic Encephomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM) also known as Chronic Exhaustive Conditions (CEC) or Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and is founded on my personal experience of becoming severely incapacitated and my long journey back to good health.