Jen McKenna (MSc, Dip Gestalt psychotherapy, UKCP reg)
Welcome. I am a professionally qualified psychotherapist, and provide a warm, compassionate space for you to explore your issues. I have considerable experience of working with relationship issues, family issues, anxiety, depression, separation, feel sad, postnatal depression, physical health limitations, low self esteem and bereavement.
Psychotherapy can offer a safe and supportive space to explore your issues, leave behind old hurts and reconfigure your life in a way that suits you better.
My approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy
Using a Gestalt approach I aim to help people move out of painful or unhelpful patterns and to live a fuller and more satisfying life. My approach to therapy is tailored to suit your unique way of being in the world. As part of how I work, I listen closely to you and work side by side with you to understand your dilemmas, help shed more light on them, and explore creatively alternative approaches to them.
Adopting a holistic approach I aim to create a space that is open to exploring creatively with you what you bring. I view the whole of you in the context of your unique needs, values and history. Harnessing your imagination, creativity and embodied expression I aim to support you in accessing your inherent resources and strengths, and to make better use of them.
Gestalt therapy is a creative and experimental approach that both supports and challenges us to increase our awareness of how we do or don’t get our needs met in our lives. By doing so we expand our potential to adapt more flexibly and suitably to the situations we find ourselves in. Gestalt therapy is an experiential approach that generally focuses on how we function in the present moment, and helps us discover our own ways of managing difficulties and living more effectively. Gestalt psychotherapy and counselling works with the body as well as with the mind and emphasises how we relate to ourselves, others and the wider environment.
My practice is influenced by my background in group facilitation, practical & experiential skill development, facilitation of wilderness experiences, and psychotherapy practice within the NHS.
My interests in creative expression through, art, contact with nature, dance and movement also influence my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Gestalt psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
UKCP registered psychotherapist (Metanoia Institute, London)
I am a member of:
- UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists)
- Metanoia Institute
- United Kingdom Association of Gestalt Practitioners (UKAGP)
I offer a confidential service and abide by the code of ethics for both Metanoia Institute and UKCP . I have current and appropriate insurance and an enhanced CRB disclosure.
Since 2008, I have worked with people dealing with issues such as:
- anxiety and depression,
- bereavement/loss of a loved one,
- relationships with family, friends and people at work,
- overcoming trauma/traumatic events,
- chronic illness,
- anger management,
- low self-worth, self-esteem, or self-confidence
- obsessive compulsive patterns,
- suicidal ideation,
- self harm
- eating disorders/problems with food
- traversing life-changing decisions such as divorce or career changes
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me to discuss fees and availability.
I practice from both Swansea city centre and Murton. Both locations have nearby parking and are on local bus routes.
Get in touch
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or for an initial discussion about counselling or psychotherapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available Tuesdays day time, and Wednesday and evening
Types of client