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
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
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.