Jean-Francois Jacques PhD, Expressive Arts Therapist HCPC reg.
I am an expressive arts therapist and clinical supervisor with more than fifteen years of experience working in adult mental health in the NHS, in the voluntary sector and in private practice. I make use of creative and expressive methods and processes to help people with a range of emotional difficulties.
Over the years I have specialised in the following areas:
- low mood and depression
- anxiety disorders
- traumatic life experiences
- loss and bereavement
- relationship difficulties
- life transitions
I draw from the healing and transformative potential of the arts (more specifically the art form of play and drama) to facilitate self-expression and self-awareness. I make use of visual and active methods to help communicate what can be difficult to put into words. I provide a safe, confidential and stimulating environment to help individuals work through personal difficulties, manage personal problems more effectively, gain new perspectives and understanding of personal issues, develop personal resources, gain in confidence, manage difficult relationships, and learn ways of negotiating life transitions.
My approach emphasises the connection between body, mind and spirit. It recognises the way the body carries memories, thoughts and feelings and that as such it is a powerful medium for expressing, understanding and changing oneself.
My approach integrates body based approaches with elements of the existential and analytic psychotherapeutic traditions. It considers and explores the different roles we play in life (either explicitly or implicitly) and our ability to develop and embrace new roles. It also refers to the way we tell our own stories and our ability to develop new narratives.
I work with adults and young people.
I provide individual and couple therapy.
‘It has been a revelation. Tackling issues from a different angle – using props and stories – seems much less stressful than head on’
‘Through just twelve sessions, you created an environment and lead a process that enabled me to make self-discoveries that had eluded me for decades’
‘I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful I have found it. I think I have avoided the idea of therapy in the past and questioned what benefit I would gain from it. But I have definitely found drama therapy helpful. I now feel more positive about various aspects of my life. I really enjoyed just having a space where I knew I could bring whatever was on my mind and I would be listened to and would not be judged. I also really appreciated the time the therapist took to understand every small aspect of myself and my life. This helped me to feel like he was really trying to understand me and what may be going on for me’
‘I initially entered into therapy because I was experiencing high levels of anxiety. At the start we talked about the goal of therapy being around finding ways to reduce and manage this anxiety. I now feel in a much more positive place emotionally. I feel that I have found some ways to manage the anxiety and have also realised the importance of being able to accept negative feelings and understand that they are OK to have’
‘I would like to thank Jean-François for his commitment to what became a very close collaborative form of therapy. It has been invaluable to my development’
Training, qualifications & experience
- PhD Dramatherapy (Anglia Ruskin University)
- MA Dramatherapy (University of Hertfordshire)
- Certificate in Trauma Treatments (British Psychological Society)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Group Analytic Studies (Institute of Group Analysis)
- Diploma in Creative Supervision (London Centre for Psychodrama)
- Level 1 Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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£45 per session.
£45 for supervision session.
Concessions are available for students and those on a low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a registered clinical supervisor with the British Association of Dramatherapists.View supervision profile