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About me

A space for - your loss, anxiety, wellbeing.

Hi, I'm Jen. I am someone who wants to help you to understand and process your pain, to be more at ease with your life and the future.

The loss of people or things can bring anxiety and depression as we struggle to take care of our own needs and wellbeing. By focusing on the root of the matter, we can make some lasting and meaningful changes.

The way we talk to others and ourselves is a window to what’s going on inside. My counselling space, is a place for you to explore what that is. We can be too easily swept up in the day-to-day and in our long ingrained habits and beliefs that it takes dedicated time and focus to unravel what really is causing us pain, the grudges and guilt. What really is behind the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ that we say?

Working with me.

I have a focus on bereavement counselling as I believe that all pain can be attributed to loss and grief over a life that was or a life that could have been. The theories of grief can help us make sense of our anguish when we lose a relationship, a job, as well as the passing of a loved one.

Counselling can be valuable to those who have become stuck in the restorative orientation. In order to get by each hour, let alone each day, they detach from their feelings of loss and sometimes with their feelings entirely, the positives as well. A counsellor can also be a friendly companion to support you explore loss so that you don’t feel completely drowned by it.

On the other hand, if you have been stuck in loss orientation for a while and feel the need to get up and go (such as pressure from family or from work), but haven’t found that motivation, counselling can help you explore the barriers.

Some people use prescription drugs to manage their health. I appreciate how they can help some people but others might struggle with side effects or withdrawal difficulties. Whilst I do not diagnose or prescribe health conditions, I can support you with considering prescription drugs or withdrawing from them.

My general approach is person-centred.

I also have a goal of helping you identify what the mismatch is between where you currently are and where you want to be. I believe that once we truly understand and accept the difference, we can figure out how to bridge the gap.

Be sure to check out my blogs and introductory video on my website, or please contact me if there is anything you would like to discuss before getting started.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2009 – Masters in Health Psychology
  • 2016 – Diploma in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling
  • 2014-2016 – Connect Volunteer, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service (LSLCS)
  • 2015-2016 – Volunteer Counsellor, St Vincent’s, Leeds
  • 2016-2019 – Bereavement Volunteer, Cruse, Leeds
  • 2019-2020 – Health & Wellbeing Coordinator, Leeds University Union
  • 2020-2021– BACP Leeds Private Practice Network Facilitator
  • 2020-Present – Founder and Counsellor at A Space For

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Each session is up to 50 minutes long.

In the first session, I’ll explain how I counsel and you’ll explain what is going on for you.  After experiencing my way of working, you can choose whether to continue working with me or I can help you find other sources of support.

Check out my blog via my website on "What Happens in a Counselling Session" .

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm.  

Further information

Responses to grief can be broadly placed in two camps: restorative orientation or loss orientation (Dual Process Model of Grief by Stroebe and Schut).

Some people find it easier to place their energy into getting on with the rest of life, preoccupying themselves with the practical and controllable sides of life. Others are floored and swept up in the waves of loss.

No side is wrong - we need to experience both.

Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Jen Mak ~ MSc, MBACP Reg.

Jen Mak ~ MSc, MBACP Reg.