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About me

Thank you for stopping to look at my profile. I know that choosing a counsellor can seem a really daunting task. If you are looking for friendly, professional support, I offer a non-judgmental space in which you can safely and confidentially unpick and explore whatever it is that has brought you to therapy.  It is so important to feel truly heard and seen in life, and this will be at the heart of our therapeutic relationship - I am here to listen.

I work in a person-centred way, meaning that you are central to the process; it is always about you and for you.  But I will draw from several different modes of therapy as we work together to solve your puzzles.  As we are all unique, so I believe therapy is not a one-size-fits-all adventure but needs to be tailored and evolved to suit who we are.

I work with adults of all ages and can offer help with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, abuse, addiction and eating disorders, anger, and relationship issues.

I offer 50 minute counselling sessions face to face in your own home or by video call/telephone

If you live within a 10 mile radius of Stroud, Gloucestershire, then I will be happy to come to your home. This might suit you if you prefer to be face to face in the presence of a counsellor, but find it hard to get out for whatever reason.

If a video call suits you better, I use Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp, or maybe you would simply prefer counselling by using the phone.  Whatever way suits you best.

I also offer a more practical hands on session in your home if you need help with letting go, with decluttering or hoarding.

Aside from my private practice, I have previously spent 2 years as a counsellor for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in a residential rehabilitation centre.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Mental Health Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Psychology
  • BA Hons degree - Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

CPD and main areas of training/research/interest:

Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, Childhood trauma, Attachment, Depression and Anxiety, The Compassionate Self, Embodied Relational Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Psychedelic Therapy, Psychedelic Integration.

My professional background is of working in care for many years, always with young adults - Learning Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD),  challenging behaviour, complex needs both physical and emotional - and for me this has provided a huge wealth of experience that I never cease to draw upon, and I feel blessed to have worked with so many wonderful young people.

I have experience of working with recovering addicts and substance misuse.  I have a keen interest in addiction and see it as the coping mechanism,  the way of dealing with the problem, rather than the problem itself.

I believe we are all different but deserve to be treated equally, and am naturally inclusive of those who feel excluded, marginalised and discriminated against for whatever reason. In my life, I have spent time in various guises with the homeless,  travellers and GRT, asylum seekers and refugees, LGBTQ+, the elderly and the differently abled. I think there are times in life when we all feel marginalised for some reason, and my experience with these societal subsets has had a big influence on my life.

I came to counselling by way of my own need for therapy and so have first-hand experience of how counselling can help. Wanting to give back and help others who may be suffering was what led me to train and qualify as a counsellor.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Psychedelic Therapy

Psychedelic Therapy is a growing field that is in its infancy in the UK and is not yet available outside of research centres and one private clinic (to date). There is much evidence now that taking psychedelics such as ketamine and psilocybin in a clinical, controlled, therapeutic setting can greatly help with issues such as addiction and depression.

I do not offer psychedelic therapy in this way, and do not offer the space to take, or be under the influence of psychedelics in our sessions.

But I do offer psychedelic integration as a therapy in itself, and also as part of ongoing therapy if you want to bring your experiences from any altered states of consciousness to our sessions.

There are many ways to experience altered states of consciousness, and this may be through breathwork or meditation, not necessarily by using plant medicine such as Ayahuasca or Psilocybin, or substances such as LSD/Ketamine or DMT. If you have had any insights, or challenging experiences during these journeys, then you are welcome to bring them with you to talk about.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Intercultural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £25.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £40 per session for video call or telephone

I charge £45 per session for home counselling in your home.

I have a limited number of concessionary spaces available, so please do ask about these if you feel that finances are a block to you accessing therapy.

I offer a short initial phone call for free to make contact and to make arrangements if we are to work together.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I also offer therapeutic and practical help for decluttering and hoarding.

Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

I can come to your home if you live in the Stroud area. If you would like to book a walk and talk then please let me know if you need wheelchair accessibility and I will choose the place accordingly.

Jeannie Caton-Etherton (she/her) MBACP

Jeannie Caton-Etherton (she/her) MBACP