Jennifer Gilroy (MBACP, Dip Coun)
Hi there, I’m Jen! Thank you for visiting my profile. I’m a fully qualified and experienced Psychotherapist working with adults mainly using CBT.
I specialise in Anxiety and Depression because I have experienced both conditions first hand. I know what it’s like to feel trapped in your own thinking, to have regular panic attacks and feel totally helpless and feeling that it will never end and that there’s nothing you can really do to stop this awful, relentless cycle. I now know that there are many things you can do to help your situation, lessen the symptoms and even overcome Anxiety and Depression.
Making the decision to begin counselling can be daunting and scary but let me reassure you, it could be one of the most rewarding journeys you’ll ever experience.
Some of us feel an inner emptiness, a loss of meaning or purpose in our lives. Perhaps you’ve always felt a void which you’re not able to fill but can’t work out where this feeling began.
Whether you’re looking to make a small or big change in your life, I feel I can be of help and importance to you as you begin your journey. Helping you to find your own path and way through difficult times is something I feel privileged to be a part of. It shows an enormous strength of character to recognise that your life isn’t going in the direction you had hoped and it takes guts to actually be willing to do something about it.
In a nutshell counselling is a process - You tell me the problems you’re facing and I metaphorically hold up a mirror to your issues to show you a reflection of what I see. This helps you to see your situation from a different perspective. We will go at your own pace and explore your feelings and emotions so you can better understand them. This process can be challenging at times and all I ask is that you come along with an open mind and free spirit to allow yourself to grow and learn. It takes time so be gentle with yourself and know that the work you do on yourself will often be reflected in your rewards, it takes practice (a lot of practice).
I value individual difference, honesty, integrity, finding your own path, standing out from the crowd, connection and relationship. I strongly believe you can be empowered to find your own answers. I know that I’m not a fixer and don’t have all the answers, although I might have a suggestion or two. I know that I’m ok to sit with people in chaos. I’m warm, welcoming, open and straightforward.
I feel that there is a time and place for briefly looking to the past for some answers but largely, in order for things to change, the time is here and now. Focusing on the present and future is something which can help you move on.
The World in which we live is fast paced, with new technologies taking up a large portion of our time, we sometimes find it difficult to find time for ourselves.
Anxiety and Stress
As the stigma around anxiety and mental health is slowly being chipped away, more and more of us are realising that the anxiety that we are living can perhaps be prevented or treated, and that the toll that anxiety takes does not have to be a permanent fixture in our lives.
We have all experienced anxiety on some level and at some point in our lives. It’s what keeps us alive. Anxiety is usually triggered by thoughts of future prediction. We tend to worry about what might happen in the future, so we’re constantly trying to prevent those things from happening when we actually have no control over them. The good news is that we have control of ourselves and there is a way out of this negative thinking.
There are several types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and various phobias.
Although symptoms of anxiety vary based on the type of anxiety disorder being experienced, anxiety usually manifests as feelings of fear, uneasiness or panic; problems falling asleep or staying asleep; sweaty hands and feet; breathing difficulty and shortness of breath; and an inability to be calm or still.
Depression is much more than just feeling sad, down or low. It can be extremely debilitating, affecting your self esteem, confidence, social status and relationships.
Often, others can judge us, telling us to ‘pull ourselves together’ or even completely dismissing our feelings altogether. This can send us further toward depression as we feel helpless and useless.
We can all talk about the obvious ways to help anxiety and depression and a trip to your GP is often the first port of call. For me, initially it was about researching the conditions and finding ways to lessen the symptoms. Simple things like starting a daily journal, being grateful everyday and meditating were great for tangible results, results that I could see and feel. Once I started to see the potential in myself I was able to overcome the things that were holding me back and want you to do the same. It takes a lot of time, practice and patience. I want you to get excited about your life, to see the potential in yourself and overcome whatever is holding you back.
If you'd like to make an appointment please use the email button on this page or ring/text and we can set up a suitable time to meet. Whether you decide to contact me or another Psychotherapist within this site, please remember to be kind to yourself throughout the process and give it time.
Warm regards, Jen
Training, qualifications & experience
HND Diploma in Integrative Counselling Skills 2008
HNC Certificate in Counselling Skills 2006
Introduction to Counselling Skills 2005
Certificate in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy 2006
Sexuality/Working with Sexual Minorities Clients Module 2006
Understanding Anxiety 2015
St John's Ambulance First Aid Trained
Paediatric First Aid Trained
Child Protection Level 2 Safeguarding
Child Sexual Exploitation
Substance Misuse Level 3
Experience of working for:
CRUSE Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support
Welsh Centre for Action on Dependency & Addiction Ltd (WCADA)
WCADA is a registered charity and limited company founded in 1979. It aims to prevent, treat and reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drugs to individuals, their families and the community. WCADA has been providing a range of treatment interventions for those affected by substance misuse for over 30 years, originally from a single office in Swansea to six agencies across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. WCADA is one of the leading substance misuse treatment agencies in Wales providing Minnesota 12-Step Abstinence treatment and Harm Reduction services, including needle exchange and outreach, targeted to individual need. WCADA also offer individuals affected by substance misuse opportunities for learning new skills, improving self esteem and confidence, and provide support towards education, training, volunteering and employment through their DOMINO project. WCADA are also experienced in working across the Criminal Justice arena with CARAT workers in all of the Welsh public prisons and staff based within the Youth Offending Service in Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, and Hillside Secure Unit, Neath.
Swansea Counselling & Wellbeing Service Charity
We provide a preventative, proactive service working with children, adolescents and adults resident to Swansea to support their positive mental health and wellbeing within the community.
The Family Information Service with the City & County of Swansea
The Swansea Family Information Service (FIS) is a one stop shop, providing free, quality, impartial information on a wide range of Childcare, Children's, Family Support and Family related issues and where relevant a signposting service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Photos & videos
Reduced rates are available for trainee counsellors who require personal therapy and supervision for Counselling courses/training.
I set up my practice in 2016 and have worked as a Psychotherapist since 2008. Please check out my website for further information www.keystonecounsellingswansea.co.uk (You'll need to copy and paste this link to your address bar in your browser)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are available Monday - Friday (day time or evening) Some weekends may be available during the day time
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have a high skill set with regard to counselling theory and supervision.