We can all experience difficult times in our lives, during these times it helps to talk. Taking the first steps is often all it takes.... Let me help you on your journey.
Hello and welcome to my page.
I am Jen and I am passionate about counselling, its effectiveness and the transformative nature it can have on our lives. I am a warm and friendly qualified Humanistic Integrative counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
As a Humanistic counsellor I believe that you are the expert on yourself and have the ability to grow and heal and reach your full potential. I believe by looking inward and tuning in to your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and offering yourself compassion, you have the ability to work through any issues that may be holding you back and discover your inner strength and resilience. I believe you hold the answers to your difficulties and we will explore them together
How we will work together....
Establishing a therapeutic relationship built on trust and respect is essential in our work together. Therefore, it is important that you feel comfortable and relaxed with me. I will offer you a gentle, safe, confidential, non-judgmental space to explore and work through the issues that bring you to counselling at this time to gain greater self-awareness and autonomy. I will listen empathically whist always being thoughtful, mindful and respectful of you. I will attune to you and gain understanding of you from your own perspective and life experience, whilst trusting your individual thoughts and processes. I will be alongside you as you lead the sessions at your own pace. As an Integrative counsellor I will offer a sound framework of blended theories to work with you at rediscovering yourself.
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am currently offering zoom and telephone sessions therefore I can work with any location within the United Kingdom. If you are inexperienced with zoom I can offer you instructions on how to download and join our zoom session. If we work together on the telephone I will call you.
Having a quiet, comfortable, confidential space for your counselling is important and we can discuss this at our initial session. We will plan to work together weekly or fortnightly at a mutually convenient time and day. I offer short term (6-12 weeks) and longer term therapy.
When it is recommended that face to face counselling is safe to return I have private, comfortable practices in Crowborough and Eastbourne.
My Eastbourne setting is in an elevated position directly above the seafront. My light airy counselling setting provides a comfortable, confidential environment for whatever you choose to explore, with the gentle, relaxing sounds of the waves lapping the shore in the background.
Please feel free to call, text, Whatsapp or email me to arrange an initial free session to discuss what you are hoping to achieve from counselling. Then if you would like to, we will arrange further sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from Wealden Institute of Psychology.
I am registered with the BACP and hold an enhanced DBS and am fully insured.
I have over 20 years of extensive experience working with people, building relationships and working alongside others.
In my previous role I specialised in family support, parenting courses and supporting young adult parents.
In my current profession as a counsellor I can support you with:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Feeling sad or stuck
- Bereavement & Loss
- Relationships & Divorce
- Family issues
- Low self esteem & Low self confidence
- Life changes
From my work at a Cancer Drop-In Centre, Headway and Care for The Carers I have specialist experience in the following areas:
Clients who are carers for their parents, spouses and children. This includes carers of family members with Alzheimer's and Parkinson and carers of children with ASD/ADHD and substance misuse
Clients with an Acquired Brain Injury and their carers Clients with cancer and their families
I am currently working for Sussex Community Counselling working specifically with clients who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 40 minute consultation is free.
Sessions are charged at £45 for each 50 minute session.
I am currently offering a limited number of discounted sessions for NHS staff. Please contact me for further information.
I am currently offering sessions online, via zoom or telephone. I have additional specialist training in online and telephone counselling to ensure this works well for you. To discuss this further with me or for more information please feel free to email me or please have a look at my website www.jencookcounselling.co.uk or contact me on 07717 616777.