Jen Mak

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

MBACP (Accred)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Glasgow G76 & G46
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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, ‘A Space For’ 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?

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.

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.

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 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.

Remote Sessions

Counselling on Zoom or telephone is available.

Walk & Talk Sessions

Counselling during a walk through Rouken Glen Park are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (9am-5.30pm).

If you feel stuck, whether through anxiety, loss or some unknown, these Walk & Talk sessions are a gentle opportunity to get outside and allow physical movement to shift you. For some, direct eye contact might be off-putting and walking side-by-side as you talk about what’s going on for you might be more comfortable.

Rather than meeting in an unknown closed room, you may prefer a neutral shared space, perhaps something different from your usual day-to-day environment. Walking and being in nature in general is seen to reduce stress levels and can help with sleep difficulties.

You might enjoy being outdoors or feel drawn to it if you’ve spent a lot of time indoors. Metaphors from nature may also help you articulate your internal world, e.g. feeling uprooted, or waiting for renewal. The pace of walking is up to you, we can sit at any point, whether just on the ground or at a bench, or we can speed up if you feel compelled to. Inviting your body to channel what you’re feeling inside can be cathartic.

Rouken Glen Park offers different spaces – wide open fields, shade in the wooded areas, moments of reflection by the waterfalls or the pond. Different routes can be picked depending on your preferences on the day and the weather.

In-Person Sessions

Counselling in-person is available at The Greenbank Rooms in Clarkston on Mondays and Tuesdays (9am-5.30pm). This is close to public transport and there is free or cheap parking nearby. Please note that these rooms do require stair access. If you need more accessible rooms, please contact me directly.

Training, qualifications & experience

Work history and training:

  • 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
  • May 2023 – New to Glasgow

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Photos & videos


£60.00 per session

Additional information

£60 for 50-minute session in-person or Zoom

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 post on "What Happens in a Counselling Session" -

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

To find my latest availability and to book directly use:

The Loft, 72 Busby Road, Clarkston, Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, G76 7AU

Rouken Glen Park, Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, G46 7JL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms