Jen Bellanich

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Psychotherapist (MA), EMDR accredited, MBACP (Accredited)
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London WC1V & SW2
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

A few months ago, were you thinking about starting therapy? A few months from now, will you still be thinking about starting therapy? Or instead, will you already be well on the path towards feeling more solid and centred in your life? 

Imagine what that could feel like.

I've been where you are. I believe passionately in de-mystifying therapy and showing up as my fully human self with you. I bring my empathy, my humour, my enthusiasm and even my sweary vocabulary to the connection - because I am a human first, therapist second. I am both real and relatable.

But therapy is about you: you possess the innate ability to create profound and lasting change in your life. As a psychotherapist, it's my job to provide an authentic and safe relationship to help you achieve that, through exploration, support and challenge. Using a straightforward style, I take a bespoke approach with each client, allowing your needs to guide our work.  

I find myself working with a lot of people in their 20s and 30s who feel a bit lost and are struggling to find a sense of their true self/identity, who might wrestle with "people-pleasing", or who are having trouble establishing healthy, fulfilling relationships. Many are from the LGBTQ+ community, in polyamorous/ENM relationships, or in a period of exploration and transition. I enjoy working at depth - sinking into the stuff of real life and finding understanding, to create a sense of solidity, growth and trust within ourselves as we get to know (and like!) who we are. 

I have worked extensively with anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, depression, feelings of emptiness, sexuality/identity, relationship problems, emotional abuse, difficult family of origin dynamics, childhood neglect, medical trauma, and grief.  

My main approach is psychodynamic - I am keenly interested in the formative and sometimes unconscious experiences which influence the shape of our current day lives.

I also offer EMDR as an approach to heal unresolved trauma or move through difficult stuck places. This can be used either in-person or online, stand-alone or as an integrated part of our broader work. EMDR is very effective for issues which feel too difficult to talk about, as it does not require discussion (as traditional talking therapy does). You may have read about it in “The Body Keeps the Score” or recently seen Prince Harry discuss his experience of it. It can also be done “intensively”, allowing for concentrated periods of work on specific issues, to accelerate progress in a matter of weeks, rather than months or years. You can see more about my intensive offerings here: https://chancerylanetherapy.com/emdr

I am offering face-to-face sessions. My office is centrally located at Chancery Lane, Holborn, (WC1V), where I also offer morning and evening availability.

I also offer online therapy, which can be more convenient for people with limited time, mobility, access or availability.

What's the first step? I offer a reduced fee initial consultation at £45. This is a full 50min session, allowing you to discuss the issues you'd like to focus on, and to decide if I'm the right fit for you as a therapist. Please feel free to text/email/call me to arrange a consultation session. 

Following on from the first meeting, sessions are weekly, either short-term or longer-term. Fees are £95/hr.

I dedicate 20% of my overall total availability to concession slots - we can discuss your personal circumstances if this is of interest.

More About Me:  I come from a 20yr background in social care. In my spare time, I enjoy running, art and independent music gigs.

My pronouns are she/they. It is important to me that my practice is intersectional, trauma-informed and works with gender, sex and relationship diversity from an affirmative and supportive stance. I undertake my own work on anti-racism, anti-ableism, anti-fatphobia and anti-oppressive practice on a continual basis. 

I am also registered with Pink Therapy, a directory for LGBTQIA+ therapy services https://pinktherapy.com/therapist-directory/jen-bellanich/

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University
  • PgDip Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University
  • BA Psychology (Hons), New York University
  • EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

I am a fully qualified, registered member of BACP.  I have also achieved formal accreditation through BACP - this is a voluntary rigorous quality assessment process for experienced practitioners which signifies “high standards of knowledge, experience and development”.

I am trained in EMDR which is a powerful tool for resolving distress and trauma, allowing the brain to heal them naturally. I am a member of EMDR Association UK, and a formally accredited EMDR Europe practitioner. This is a voluntary quality assessment process signifying competence, expertise and accountability.

I have worked in charitable organisations and private practice, and have experience of running wellbeing workshops for corporate clients. Please contact me if this is of interest.

I continue to regularly undertake professional development on an ongoing basis as best practice, with a particular interest in: polyvagal theory, IFS (Internal Family Systems), somatic/sensorimotor modalities, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), gender-based trauma, and the Highly Sensitive population (HSP). 

As best practice, I get ongoing clinical supervision, EMDR consultation, peer feedback, and my own personal therapy.

Member organisations

BACP
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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative - I have a committed interest in supporting non-heteronormative/nonconforming ways of living/being. I am experienced in working with individuals from the queer/trans community and those with ENM/poly relationships.

I have a strong interest in supporting individuals who have experienced gender-based violence and lived-experience trauma.

I have a strong interest in cultural identities, expat and "othering" experiences.

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Fees

£45.00 - £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

I offer a reduced-fee full 50min initial consultation session at £45, allowing you to discuss the issues you'd like to focus on, and to decide if I'm the right fit for you as a therapist. Please email, text or call me to arrange a consultation session.

Following on from the first meeting, sessions are weekly, either short-term or longer-term. Fees are £95/hr.

Zoom/Skype/FaceTime sessions are available.

Concessions may be available upon discussion of your circumstances. Please enquire if you are interested. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

In-person (@WC1V) or online. Pre/post work, and lunchtime availability Mon  - Fri.

I can also work with EMDR intensively, allowing for concentrated periods of work on specific issues. 

Further information

I am registered with Pink Therapy, a directory for LGBTQIA+ therapy services https://pinktherapy.com/therapist-directory/jen-bellanich/

I am also an affiliate of Staple Inn Associates https://www.stapleinnassociates.com/jen-bellanich.html

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Unfortunately my offices are in a 16th century building which is not wheelchair accessible, and may present challenges for anyone with mobility impairments as there are three flights of stairs. There are gender-neutral toilets available.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom