My name is Jenny Bryce, and I am passionate about the benefits of counselling. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than playing a part in someone’s journey towards freedom from distress; to help someone ease their emotional pain and live their life as the best possible version of themselves.
I am a married mum of one daughter and two step-children, I live in north Bolton and have worked in the counselling field for over a decade.
Prior to this, my life experiences have been quite varied.
I served in the RAF for over ten years. I feel this played a big part in providing me with a certain degree of discipline, grounding and common sense, as well as experience in coming into contact with people from all sorts of different backgrounds.
Being a member of the armed forces also brought me into contact with individuals with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or “Gulf War Syndrome,” as it was called at the time. This sparked what was to be a life-long interest of the human mind and the massive impact its workings can have on our daily lives.
I also worked in the entertainment industry for several years. This too has given me the experience of bringing me into contact with a diverse range of people and situations.
How Counselling Can Help
More often than not, many of us find that we can resolve our issues by talking to our friends, family members, colleagues etc. But sometimes this might not be enough..
Sometimes it’s more beneficial to speak to a person you don’t know.
Someone who can offer a you a safe and confidential environment for you to talk openly and be listened to without judgement or opinion.
Someone who is both unshockable and experienced at helping people explore why they feel like they do.
Someone who can gently help you navigate through your troubles to a more peaceful life.
DID YOU KNOW...?
An article in The Guardian reported that a survey by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) revealed that a huge one in five Britons have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist in recent years.
This implies that the stigma that once surrounded the accessing of talking therapies when life gets tough is definitely on the decline.
This is great news for anyone who is experiencing difficulties in their life. It may be because of a specific issue, or perhaps it’s a more general feeling of things getting top of you, making your daily life something to be endured rather than enjoyed?
Either way, counselling can be an effective way of shining a light on your issues, feeling enlightened and ultimately empowered to move forward.
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor, who is also a practitioner of 5-Point Auricular Acupuncture.
I am a registered member of the BACP and I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am fully equipped to work with many of the recognised counselling/psychotherapeutic approaches, with the use of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) tools counting as one of my most utilised way of helping my clients.
The counselling service I provide is confidential, and can be delivered as follows:
Face to face, in my specially designated room at my home. In certain circumstances I can also offer counselling sessions in the clients' home if this is within a reasonable mileage radius.
In the workplace.
At university or college.
I can help with the many issues listed at the bottom of the page, though this list is by no means exhaustive. You may feel you don’t fall into one of these “categories,” and that you just have a feeling that something's "not right?"
To help relieve any anxiety around engaging in counselling, I offer an free initial 30 minute consultation to any potential new clients. This is so I can provide information about the counselling process and confidentiality etc, and also to give you the opportunity to assess whether you feel we can work together effectively. There is no obligation to book any further appointments following this consultation if you don't feel the "chemistry" is right.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a diploma in Counselling Theory and Practice, and am a Registered Member of the BACP.
I possess a good all-round knowledge of several different therapeutic models, and consider myself an integrative counsellor. This means that, though the majority of my professional experience lies in CBT, addictions and Person-Centred therapy, I incorporate a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Where appropriate, I also incorporate life coaching tools and techniques to help individuals move forward towards a happy and fulfilling life.
Whichever therapeutic approach is used, emphasis is placed on providing an empathic, non-judgemental space for the client to explore their issues.
5-Point Auricular Acupuncture
As part of my service, I can also offer 5-point auricular acupuncture either in conjunction with a counselling session, or as a stand-alone appointment.
The auricular 5-point protocol is the practice of inserting up to five needles in separate specific points on the ear. These points relate to specific parts of the body, (liver, lungs, kidneys, sympathetic nervous system and the “Shen Men.”) These work together to help regulate the nervous system.
Common issues treated successfully with the 5-point protocol include:
A powerful adjunct to a detox programme including: alcohol, drugs, pain medication, tobacco, sugar, food etc.
This form of acupuncture works to balance out the emotions, and promotes the release of endorphins to help an individual to feel calmer and more relaxed. As such, it is particularly beneficial to those who suffer from stress and anxiety.
A non-insertive treatment can also be performed with “ear seeds” or “ear pellets” which adhere to the ear. They are applied to the same points as the needles, allowing the person to apply pressure (acupressure) to these points as needed. The person can keep the seeds/pellets on for 3 to 5 days, therefore prolonging the treatment effects and providing a way for the individual to feel a sense of control and calm.
Auricular Acupuncture is recognised as a valid intervention, and is approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.)
I have over a decade of experience working as a Psychosocial Intervention Practitioner working within a busy substance misuse service. I am familiar with the problems and frustration that substance addiction can bring for both the client and their loved ones.
Sometimes however, it can be hard for us to identify if there is a problem in this area.
Sometimes it can be useful for us to ask ourselves:
Do I feel I might be drinking too much?
Do I feel that my once recreational drinking/drug use is starting to become a little bit too habitual?
Do I feel my substance use is starting to impact on other areas of my life, such as finances, relationships, health or employment?
- Do I feel helpless and frustrated about my loved-one's addiction.
Any “yes” answers to the above could indicate a problem.
It might be that an individual would like to get help around this, but feels embarrassed about accessing the local community substance misuse service, or perhaps hasn’t got the funds available to check into an expensive rehab?
I am here to assure individuals that substance misuse is nothing to be ashamed of, and is something that can be explored and addressed with me in my safe, non-judgemental environment. I use therapeutically recognised techniques and tools for helping clients explore their issues, log their progress, reduce their substance use and reach goals, whether that goal be controlled usage or complete abstinence.
The world today seems to move at a hundred miles an hour, what with 24 hour news, social networking, the massive impact of the media telling us how should look, how we should feel, etc.
It's no wonder that we're more stressed and anxious than ever before!
I have facilitated a successful anxiety management group for 5 years now, and have had positive feedback from group members as to how it has helped ease their discomfort.
This is a relatively new phenomenon in the UK, but is becoming massively popular due to it's scientifically proven success in helping people live happy lives. It is essentially the study of human flourishing, and is intended to complement, not replace, traditional psychology.
I have found in my practice that using some of the tools and interventions that are employed within this exciting new field have really helped put the spark back into my clients' lives.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Intuitive Thinking Skills
5-Point Auricular Acupuncture
Behavioural Activation Skills
Concessions offered for
Counselling sessions: £40.00 (60 minutes)
60 minute counselling with 30 minute acupuncture: £50.00 (90 minutes in total)
Stand-alone acupuncture session: £15.00 (30 minutes)
In order to provide maximum flexibility, I am able to offer evening and weekend appointments. No waiting list: can usually offer first appointment within a week.