My name is Jean and I am a qualified person-centred counsellor working in Ramsbottom.
At the current time I am only able to offer online or telephone counselling sessions. I hope to resume face to face counselling whenever the government allows.
You may be wondering if counselling is what you need at the moment. The current Covid-19 situation and the restrictions imposed on us all have left many of us feeling all over the place. This is ok, because we have never experienced anything like this before and we don't have past experience to draw on to help us. You might find it helpful to look at some of the websites that support mental health such as www.mind.org.uk, www.anxietyuk.org.uk, and for older people who are feeling isolated Silverline offers support:- thesilverline.org.uk
However, if you feel that counselling might be something that would help you in this, or other areas of your life, here are some examples of how counselling has helped people that I've worked with recently. I have supported people through grief to enable them to enjoy life again. I have helped people who are feeling overwhelmed or anxious to discover their inner strength and find ways of managing their stress. I have helped people who are troubled by abusive relationships from their past, to understand the impact of trauma and then how to live free from the abuse. I have helped people at extremely low points in their lives to find hope to keep living.
Even without the extra challenges of the corona virus, at times life events may be overwhelming and we can find ourselves unable to make sense of our feelings or to find a way forward. Depression or anxiety can settle and be difficult to shrug off. You may have supportive people around you, but many of my clients say how much it helps to talk to someone who isn’t personally involved in your life.
As a person-centred counsellor, I will listen to you with understanding and without judgement. Together we can build a confidential relationship that enables you to feel safe to explore any events, issues, or feelings that are concerning you. You will take the lead and be in control of what we talk about.
My aim as a counsellor is to help you :-
• Feel supported as you explore your feelings and whatever is troubling you,
• Gain insight and understanding of your responses
• Find your own strength to develop as a person
• Develop an improved sense of self-worth and well-being
• Support you to make changes if you wish.
It may take courage to decide to come for counselling but if something, from the past or the present, is making you feel unsettled then it is good to act on it. Burying problems and feelings is not good for our well-being in the long term.
Please contact me by phone or email to discuss an appointment.
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, you can be assured, I have been appropriately trained to meet professional standards.
Training, qualifications & experience
PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Salford University in 2017
Level 3 Certificate in counselling Skills at Bolton Community College in 2008
Registered member of BACP
Previously, I had a successful career as a Speech & Language Therapist in the NHS, where I had the privilege of working with children who had significant communication difficulties. I am aware of how crucial communication is to our sense of worth and well being and also in making and maintaining relationships.
I have been a Volunteer Counsellor at MHIST (Mental Health Independent Support Team) in Bolton, for 4 years, working with clients referred via the GP service.
I am currently employed, on a sessional basis, as a Counsellor by 1Point Bolton.
I have telephone and on line counselling appointments available at Tower Counselling in Ramsbottom, currently on a Tuesday and Thursday.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per session.
£35 per session for students for whom attendance at counselling is a requirement of their qualification.
However, I believe that counselling should be accessible to all, not just the well paid, so please contact me if the cost is an issue and we may be able to work out what is genuinely affordable for you.
Concessions offered for
I am currently offering telephone or online counselling appointments to adults on an individual basis
I have appointments available at Tower Counselling on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Please contact me by email or by phone to discuss this further.
I am willing to offer concessions to anyone who would have difficulty paying the usual fee. Please ask if this would make counselling more accessible for you at this time.