Jayne Archer

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MBACP BA (Hons) PG Dip
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Bristol, BS6
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About me

Hey there, I'm Jayne a Counsellor and Coach specialising in working with individuals with Anxiety, Stress, Worry, Burnout and Chronic illness to rediscover balance, meaning, purpose and direction in their lives again.

Are you?

  • Feeling stuck or overwhelmed in your career/life/study/relationships and feel like you have made choices that no longer fit who you are now.
  • Self-critical or perfectionist and strives to please others or find it hard to say no.
  • Living with a chronic illness such as ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia or Long Covid.
  • Feeling like old issues or patterns of living, are resurfacing again.
  • Childless/Childfree and feel misunderstood, judged or invisible.
  • Struggling with a loss of motivation or direction and feeling low in self-esteem, depressed or lonely.
  • Generally feeling disillusioned or disconnected from the world.
  • If so, you are definitely. not alone and you are in the right place!

Life has really changed over the past few years and so many of us feel like we need to be striving harder in an increasingly fast paced world to get back 'to where we were' or 'back to normal'. We have barely had time to stop and process the impact of what has happened to us personally over the past few years and things might feel very different for us now than they did before. We are increasingly exposed to global worries, combined with the pressure to keep up and survive on a day to day basis. This can leave us feeling out of control, in a perpetual state of confusion and exhaustion which can impact every area of our life. You don't have to navigate this alone...

How I can help

I am an Integrative therapist which means that I use an approach to the work which fits your particular needs and circumstances. No two people are the same, so it is tailored to fit you as a unique individual and how you experience the world. I offer both counselling and coaching depending on your needs. Whether it is working with and moving through deeper emotional difficulty together or working more practically and creatively in the here and now and looking to the future, we can discuss what might work for you.

What is a session like?

You will always lead what you wish to explore in the sessions with me alongside you.  Our working relationship is important and if we are a good fit, this may deepen over time and hugely support the outcome of your therapy goals and wishes.  You may have specific things that you want to work on or things might feel a bit more unclear- both are totally ok!

I often think of therapy as having a bit of a journey, firstly the settling in phase where you will be building awareness and making more sense of what is worrying you.  You may then move more deeply into that understanding and/or acceptance of this, so that you can move into a phase where you can choose to take action or make changes. You may feel some movement back and forth between these stages as you explore- this is totally normal and there is no rush, everyone is different and works at different depths and pace. Small, incremental changes can also make a huge difference to how you feel overall and I will check in with you at regular intervals to see how you feel things are going. 

What might happen if I come to therapy?

Investing in your growth is a brave step as it can be challenging, frustrating and painful at times. However, working with a professional that you can trust, feel seen, heard and validated by can also be lifechanging. You have all of the natural strengths, abilities and talents that you need to navigate the inevitable challenges with purpose.  My hope is that our work together can open different opportunities, perspectives and insights which will enable you to explore potential for healing and living a more balanced life that is more in line with you and your values.

Working with me as your therapist can help you to:

-Make a start on your healing journey or re-visit things that you feel are still troubling you.

-Make more informed choices and changes in your life and start to figure out what is most important to you.

-Manage difficult feelings and emotions and start to understand what might be underneath them (if and when it feels safe to go there)

-Start to create better relationships with those around you.

-Identify your strengths and what supports your wellbeing

-Build a healthier, more self compassionate connection with yourself.

What are the next steps?

I offer a short introductory call. This is not a therapy session, it is an opportunity for us to discuss a bit further what you are looking for, ask any questions you might have and to give you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right fit for you.

Calendly link here: calendly.com/growinyourowndirection

Or you can email me directly if you have a quick question at growinyourowndirection@gmail.com 

If you decide to go ahead and work with me, I offer weekly sessions and work both online and face to face in Bristol, in a lovely room in Montpelier/Cotham area.

Looking forward to catching up with you soon!

'Jayne was absolutely amazing. How she was able to make me feel like she'd been a confidant that had been in my life for years was astounding. 

I've never encountered such a great listener, I always found Jayne's ability to take me down a path, that I subconsciously really wanted to explore, utterly mind blowing. I could go on and on and on but I'd be here a very long while. Thank you'

Elle - Counselling client

Training, qualifications & experience

After 20 years as a professional working with children, young people and adults across the charity, NHS, Education and Private sector I have developed an in-depth understanding of shared challenges and barriers that we all face as human beings.

I have worked in drug and alcohol, mental health, domestic abuse & sexual violence/health services as a practitioner, trainer and a senior manager in leadership positions. I also have extensive experience in working with young people and particularly enjoy working alongside students/young adults who are at a crucial and transitional point in their lives.

Why do I do the work?

I have always been a staunch advocate for mental health and wellbeing whilst acknowledging the stigma and barriers that still exist. My own personal challenges with periods of chronic illness and mental health, alongside my training and experience, sustain my continued passion and investment in the work. I strongly believe that with time and the right support, healing and change is possible. These experiences have been invaluable because they have led me to shape my compassionate, practical, yet gentle trauma- informed  approach, to integrate both the mind and body into my work with people at every stage of life.

Working with Diversity and Difference

I am on a (life-long) learning journey to ensure that I am working in an anti-oppressive way and strive to take accountability to reflect upon what characteristics I may bring or represent in a therapeutic space. I aim to deepen my understanding of the power and privilege that exists in society and the personal, cultural and structural barriers that oppression creates, particularly when they hold people back from seeking support. I am currently undergoing specialist training in working with Neurodiversity, so that I can deepen my own understanding and ensure that the counselling space is open, welcoming to all.

Clinical Supervision 

I also offer clinical supervision to professionals working in the well-being professions, so please do ask me about this or visit my Supervisor Profile.

Helping you to feel comfortable on your journey

Whilst I take my work seriously and ethical practice is paramount, I always remind myself that I am human first- therapist second. I am incredibly down to earth, open to challenge and aim to bring lightness and humour where appropriate so that you can be fully yourself and we can build a strong, transparent working relationship together.

Some of my key qualifications are below, please feel free to ask about any of these.

  • ACC in Coaching (ICF Accredited) (Optimus Coaching Academy- 2023)
  • Diploma in Supervision (Advanced training status with NCPS- 2022)
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill College-2014)
  • Certificate in Counselling (University of the West of England-2010)
  • PG (Dip) Youth and Community work (The University of St Mark and St John- 2007)
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Education studies (The University of St Mark and St John-2006)
  •  Some further training and development...
  • 10/23- 2/24- Racism & Developing Anti-Racist Practice (Brap)
  • 10/23-12/23- Professional Certificate in Transpersonal Therapy (Iron Mill College)
  • 10/22- Child Protection for Managers (KBSP Bristol)
  • 6/22- Critical Whiteness (OTR)
  • 09/22- Decider Skills Training- CBT and DBT skills for young people and adults (The Decider Ltd)
  • 10/21-02/22- Leadership and Management Training (Skillshift)
  • 08/21- Working with LGBTQ+ Young People (Neil Young)
  • 06/20- Compassion Focussed Therapy (Kooth- in association with Compassionate Mind Foundation)
  • 06/20- Level 4 Designated Safeguarding Lead (updated annually)
  • 04/20- GDPR, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Working with Autism/ADHD Awareness
  • 1/20- Management Training (Linda Greenwood Training)
  • 10/19- DBT Training (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) 
  • 7/19- Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course (MHFA England)
  • 2/18- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in schools (Trading with schools)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students

Additional information

I do hold a couple of concessionary slots, so do ask me about these.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Jayne Archer is also registered with Life Coach Directory.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet


In person

I hold a Diploma in Supervision recognised by the NCPS and work with Counsellors, Coaches and other Wellbeing Professionals.

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