Serene Counselling - J Freeman Dip Couns, MBACP

Serene Counselling - J Freeman Dip Couns, MBACP

Newlands Medical Centre
315 Chorley New Road
Greater Manchester

07852 361 831

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Newlands Medical Centre
315 Chorley New Road
Greater Manchester

07852 361 831

About me

Hello, my name is Jennie and I am an experienced and highly qualified Therapeutic Counsellor practicing person-centred therapy based in Manchester.

Sometimes life can seem full of anxieties, problems and stress.  You may feel low, lacking in self-esteem, depressed and unsure why you are feeling these emotions.  At times like these it can feel that life is becoming unsatisfying, overwhelming or even debilitating. I understand the pressures of life, I can empathise with those feelings and I have the training, skills and disposition to work with you towards a brighter and easier future.

I recognise that the first step to making changes can sometimes be the hardest. Change can feel frightening and daunting; sometimes finding the time to change can seem yet another problem rather than the solution. If you are reading my profile and considering counselling you have taken that difficult first step to feeling more fulfilled, content and happy and I would like to help you continue on your journey.

What to expect from person-centred counselling:

You may be wondering what to expect from counselling and how it is different to talking with friends, family and colleagues. As a person-centred counsellor, I offer an unbiased, non-judgemental and confidential safe space in which you can talk freely. I will listen and work with you to explore and identify the issues that you wish to discuss. I will never give advice or tell you what to do; the ability to change will come from within you and from our working together with trust, mutual respect and honesty.

What to expect from our initial online or face to face session:

At our first counselling session you will have the opportunity to discuss the issues that have led you to seek counselling.  Often knowing where to start can feel overwhelming however you will have the space and time to be able to talk freely about what is concerning you. At the end of our session we can decide together if I am the right person to support you.

Frequently asked questions:

Where do sessions take place?

Sessions can take place via Skype or face to face at the Newlands Centre which is a well known and long established centre based on Chorley New Road, Bolton, it is conveniently located close to the motorway networks and easily accessible via public transport.  The centre also has well lit free on-site parking.

How many session will I need?

This will be discussed in our first counselling session. How many session needed can vary however for there to be effective change, experience and research have found that generally six sessions are the minimum required.

Will my Doctor be contacted?

I work within the BACP code of ethics and I will NOT consult your doctor unless I have concerns of significant immediate harm to yourself or others. I will not disclose without consulting with you first.

I am not sure if I could talk to you?

I offer a free twenty minute telephone session and this should help you decide whether you will feel comfortable and able to speak openly with me.

During our call we will have the opportunity to discuss a brief outline of what has led you to seek counselling, and establish a foundation from which to move forward.

How do I know counselling works?

As we work together we will have regular reviews to explore how you feel the process is going, this will give us both the opportunity to work towards achieving the right results that you hope for.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have undertaken six years training and gained the following qualifications:

  • Professional Diploma Level 5 in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts

Ongoing Professional Development: Includes short courses in a wide range of areas e.g. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse; Recognising and Responding to Abuse; Self Harm; Bereavement and Loss

In addition to my own life experiences I have gained a wealth of knowledge as a volunteer at Beacon Bolton Counselling Services where I have worked with a variety of people from all walks of life who have faced and lived through a diverse range of issues.

I am a full member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work according to their principles and ethics. For further information on the BACP Ethical Framework please copy and paste the following URL into your search engine:

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  • The Newlands Medical Centre
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  • Entrance to Newlands Medical Centre
  • Free Parking


It is important to make sure that you feel comfortable and that I will be the right counsellor for you therefore I offer a free twenty minute telephone consultation.

Subsequent one hour sessions cost £45 an hour.

Payments can be made via bank transfer or cash.

Further information

It is not always obvious why we experience low mood, a lack of fulfilment or depression. Sometimes what we think is causing the problem may not be the issue or the only factor.

Together we can work through whatever you decide to bring to counselling; nothing is too small, too insignificant or too great. It may be that the issues you bring cannot in themselves be fully resolved, however how you feel about them and yourself, the impact on your life and the way you think has the potential to bring change and this change can enable you to move forward with your life.

Some positive changes that my clients have benefited from include:

  • Greater understanding and self-awareness
  • Feeling 'back in control' of ones life
  • An increased trust in oneself and a sense of calm
  • Being able to let go of feelings of guilt and shame
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Giving oneself permission to be able to live more freely

Maps & Directions

Bolton, BL1 5BP

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available on Saturdays for face to face, online or telephone sessions and evenings for online and telephone only.

Types of client

Older adults