Jen Walsh, M.Ed., Reg. MBACP (Accred), Counsellor
Are you looking for an active, creative, collaborative therapist who will help you make positive change?
PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO COVID - ALL SESSIONS ARE ONLINE/PHONE OR OUTDOORS.
I am a trained counsellor and family therapist, an Accredited Registered Member with the BACP, with 12 years' experience working with all ages. I offer confidential counselling to adult individuals, couples and families.
How I work
I am a systemic therapist, meaning that I strive to understand each client in the various contexts in which they live and form relationships.
Most clients choose to have a phone chat with me first and that gives you a chance to ask any questions and share any concerns about starting counselling. I'll tell you a bit about how I work so you get a sense of what to expect. My style is professional but informal.
My approach is integrative, in that I draw on elements of Experiential, Narrative and Solution-Focused therapies, as well as concepts from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). There is no expectation that you will know which kind of approach you need - we will work this out together.
I use creativity in my work, if clients are interested in this, but I adapt my approach according to what suits each individual. The connection between therapist and client has been shown to be more important than the models used, but I can provide you with information about the way I work if you're interested.
I love my work and feel privileged to support clients in making positive changes. Clients have described me as warm, friendly and approachable. As part of my professional and ethical responsibility, I am committed to ongoing training, regular supervision (a requirement for BACP members), and practising good self-care.
What you can expect when you make contact
I aim to respond to your enquiry within 24 hrs (or next business day). Please call or email so we can set up a time to chat for 15-20 minutes (no fee) by phone. If you'd prefer to set up the first appointment without an initial phone chat that is absolutely fine.
In our first session (during Covid pandemic the first session will take place over video or phone) I will find out in more depth what you are struggling with and let you know some of my initial thoughts and tell you more about the way I work. We'll go session by session, so you can see how you feel about things as we go along. I invite your feedback so we can make sure you are getting what you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters degree in Couples & Family Therapy
- Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
- Certified Grief Recovery Specialist
- Registered Circle of Security Parenting Educator
My initial training was in couples counselling with Relate. I then completed a Masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy in the USA, and worked for many years in community mental health. I have also worked with students in schools and higher education settings and couples/families in private practice.
I have additional training in art therapy skills, grief recovery and Circle of Security Parenting. Please ask if you have questions about any of my training and experience. What is most important to me is that you get what you need from your counselling.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Parenting support
- Healthy attachment
- Technology fatigue
£50 for each 50 minute session. Longer sessions can be arranged by mutual agreement and will be charged pro rata.
Online sessions (using the ZOOM platform) are available. Please ask if you are interested in sessions online. I also offer sessions outdoors in a woodland setting. I am currently not offering office-based sessions due to Covid-19. Office based sessions are unlikely to resume until Spring 2021, but I am keeping an eye on latest government and BACP guidance.
What clients say:
"The reason I started the counselling process was to help me in my feelings of being 'stuck' and helpless, and Jen helped me to realise in a very quick timeframe why this was, and gave me the confidence and courage to go out and 'un-stick' myself."
"Jen is a great and “friendly” professional. She is the type of professional (in my view) who has a deep understanding of her discipline and the different aspects of that discipline. This allows Jen to operate freely without the constraints that one often experiences with a purely “book learnt” or inexperienced professional. I would highly recommend."
"I found Jen’s approach very friendly and also quite probing at the same time. The discussions very quickly honed in on problems and possible solutions, all of which were very well received. My counselling sessions were quite relaxed with no fear of feeling inhibited in what I felt I needed to say. I took Jen’s perspectives on my situation to heart and have put much of what we discussed into successful practice. I would recommend Jen Walsh to anyone with similar counselling needs."
"Jen makes you feel comfortable even though it is likely you will be sharing difficult issues."
"As someone new to the counselling process I was unsure what to expect. However, I was quickly assured by Jen and felt able to relax and speak openly. Jen asked some challenging questions but in a very supportive manner."