I’m Jay, an integrative counsellor & psychotherapist based in St Austell, Cornwall.
I provide short-term and long-term counselling for adults & couples on a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression & family issues. I offer one-to-one therapy, and couples counselling, tailored to your particular needs.
Whether you are seeking support working through a time of crisis on a short term basis, or looking for a longer journey towards finding yourself, I am able to work in a way which suits you. I offer a suitable counselling environment from a quiet location in St Austell.
Everyone has times when things are too much for them. Increasingly many people find that these times never seem to end, that there's one thing after another that's too much to cope with. Many of us can't remember a time when life really seemed okay, and if we do it was a long time ago.
So sometimes we have to go and make it okay because it's never going to happen by itself but where do we start? How do we do that? We need someone to walk with us while we try to make it feel okay.
I love working with people to rebuild parts of their lives as they want them to be, as they imagine them, from changing small things to big things. Our work allow you to begin to understand which things are contributing to your well-being and also why the things that don't contribute to your well-being are a valuable and important part of you.
Whether it's something in your past, or something in your present, I can promise you the chance to look at it without judgement. I can promise you honesty as we work together to make things more clear. Unravelling a lifetime of experiences to make sense of where to go can be hard work but I believe it is one of the most worthwhile experiences in life.
I have specific experience working with people on relationship topics, such as affairs or divorce, which can be valuable when working out what you want your future to be. I welcome couples who need to explore any aspect of their relationship. I can work with couples together or individually to explore who your patterns of thinking or feeling might be impacting on your relationship now.
I work with a humanistic, integrated approach, designed to allow development of each individual part of a person. My approach incorporates concepts from a variety of counselling approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy & transpersonal theories so it is always tailored to each client, whether you need to work on your thoughts, your feelings or your spirit.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor with a Level CPCAB Diploma from the well regarded Devon and Cornwall Counselling Hub.
I continued studying there for a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, to enable me to work with clients who need a higher level of support or longterm work.
I've volunteered with the Freshfields service in Truro (Part of St Petrocs), working with addicts after they have been through rehab to help them rebuild and prevent relapses.
I teach counselling skills & theory for people preparing to begin their Diploma in counselling and I am registered with CPCAB as a tutor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
I charge £45 for a normal 60-minute counselling session.
If you would like to meet for longer sessions we can discuss an appropriate rate.
If you would like to pay in advance for a group of sessions we can discuss a rate agreeable to both of us.
I offer a discounted rate of £30 per session for people on low incomes. This is valid for the first eight sessions and my fee rises to £35 per session afterwards. I do not ask for any documents or evidence to qualify for this discount. I believe my clients are able to make this judgement for themselves and deal with me honestly.
As an initial meeting, I offer a one-off shorter session of 30 minutes. I charge £25 for this time. This can be an opportunity to discuss your needs and to decide if counselling with me is right for you. I do not offer short sessions except for this initial consultation.
In special circumstances, I am able to visit clients at home for our sessions. This must be agreed in advance and is subject to having a suitable environment for counselling work.
There is a travel cost of £20, on top of any session fee, for locations within 30 minutes drive of St Austell. eg. Liskeard, Newquay, Truro.
For all other locations in Cornwall, or in Plymouth, the travel fee is £30 on top of any session fees.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available daytimes and early evenings.
I am not available on Tuesdays or Saturdays.
Other days will depend on client bookings.
Types of client