I’m Jay, an integrative counsellor & psychotherapist based in St Austell, Cornwall.
During this time of uncertainty and anxiety, I have chosen to offer counselling online through phone calls, text or video at a reduced fee.
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, so much so that many of us can't remember a time when life really seemed okay or it was a long time ago. So we have to set out to make it okay because it's never going to happen by itself. But where do we start? How do we do that? So we need someone to walk with us while we try to make it feel okay.
I love working with people to help them rebuild their lives into what they want them to be, as they imagine them. We can work together so you can begin to understand what things in your life contribute to your well-being. And more importantly why the things that don't contribute to your well-being are still valuable and important parts 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 next can be hard work but I believe it is one of the most worthwhile experiences in life.
I have 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 how 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, gestalt & 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 long-term 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 have training in working with gender diversity and experience working with Trans people.
I am a registered CPCAB tutor, teaching counselling skills & theory for students working to become counsellors and those preparing to begin their Diploma.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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 between £30 and £45 per session for people on low incomes. 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 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.
For home visits there is a travel cost of £10, 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 £20 on top of any session fees.