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MA(Distinction), DipPsych(Open), BA History, PGCG, FHEA

About me

Hi, my name is Jennie. I am a person centred counsellor offering online or 'walk and talk' therapy to adults and young people aged 16 to 18. 

How can counselling help me?

The decision to enter counselling can often feel daunting; it can be difficult to admit to ourselves and others that we are struggling to cope. This pressure to 'put on a brave face' is often exacerbated in a society which is so fast-paced, we are left with little time to process our emotions or reflect. Counselling gives you that time and space.

In therapy, I offer a warm, non-judgmental and safe environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings. The aim is for us to work together to achieve clarity on whatever is bringing you to counselling, by giving you the space to process emotional material you would potentially censor if talking to a friend or loved one. 

What to expect in the first and subsequent sessions:

Research shows that in therapy, the relationship between counsellor and client is crucial for enabling the client to heal. Therefore, the first session I offer is a free 30 minute appointment where you explore what you would like to achieve from therapy. This will allow you to judge whether you feel we would be able to work together.

Subsequent sessions will take place over Zoom. Online therapy is becoming increasingly popular, especially where clients feel daunted by meeting a counsellor face-to-face. Others prefer the idea of having counselling in a place where they already feel safe and calm.

An alternative to online therapy is 'walk and talk' therapy. This can appeal to those who feel the healing power of the natural environment. It is also useful for clients who find talking directly to a person on screen (or in real life) an intense experience. If this is something that you would like to try, we can discuss this in our initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Counselling with Distinction from the University of Chester. This is accredited by the BACP.
  • Level 2 certificate in counselling skills
  • Degrees in psychology (Open University) and history (The University of Liverpool)
  • PGCE in Secondary Teaching
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Accreditation

  • Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Experience

  • Counsellor for CSASS working with adult victims/survivors of sexual assault and child abuse
  • Counsellor for Healthbox working with client referrals from GPs and key worker counselling
  • Lecturer in psychology and counselling degrees with the Open University 
  • 16 years of experience in secondary education as a teacher and in pastoral leadership roles (Head of Year, Head of 6th form)

Member organisations

BACP

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 per session. Please get in touch to enquire about concessions. 

When I work

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Northwich, Cheshire, CW8

Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom

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