Jen Summerfield Dip.psych.couns, MBACP
Having a difficult time? Getting better starts with a single conversation. I offer a non-judgemental space in which my clients can work through painful or difficult experiences with warmth and kindness. I aim to provide a secure base in which it is possible to slowly build trust in an on-going therapeutic relationship, empowering the individual to develop the internal resources to cope with the many challenges that life can bring. I will listen carefully to whatever my client needs to talk about without fear of judgement, and explore together any difficulties.
My approach to counselling
I use a psychodynamic approach to counselling, believing that childhood and past experiences can have an influence on present patterns in relationships and decision making. I feel that by enabling my clients to develop self-awareness and reflecting on the past can offer a deeper understanding of themselves and provide the clarity to lead a fuller life.
I also offer short term counselling in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which can be helpful when exploring problems such as phobias, anxiety or addiction.
It can seem daunting when you set out to find a counsellor and you're not sure how to take the first step. Simply email me, or phone me and I can answer any questions you may have. Then, we can set up an initial session and talk about what you are looking for in terms of counselling and decide on a day/time that suits your schedule to meet for weekly sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
With a background of having worked for many years in a one-to-one client environment, I feel that building a good rapport is essential to the counselling process. The ability to relate to my client's thoughts and feelings creates a mutual understanding based on empathy and trust.
I gained experience counselling within the voluntary sector, offering long and short term therapy working with a wide range of client's providing emotional support to people from many walks of life.
I am a fully qualified therapist with an HE Dip in psychodynamic counselling which is accredited by the BACP. This type of therapy is offered on a long term basis.
I also offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is helpful for clients that are looking for short term therapy.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with