Jenny Poirier MBACP (Accred.) Counsellor and EMDR Therapist
I specialise in helping people cope with illness, bereavement, anxiety and trauma although you are welcome to come to see me for other reasons too. I work to establish a warm, collaborative, supportive, working relationship with you whether working via video or phone or face to face (when possible) by helping you to explore what has brought you to counselling and how your earlier life experiences and relationships may have affected you in the present. We can work together on what you would like to achieve through counselling.
I am a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor and EMDR therapist and have worked as a counsellor since 1995; in the NHS, the voluntary sector and for West Essex Mind Talking Therapies Service and since 2006, in general private practice. In addition to my private practice, I currently work for The Lullaby Trust, a charity supporting bereaved families when a baby or young child dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
To see an article about my bereavement counselling work please see this article written through my work at Mind in West Essex. Just highlight the link and copy and paste.
I work with adult individuals and am comfortable working with diversity in my practice.
I offer daytime appointments, subject to availability.
You can park on the drive outside my Muswell Hill practice but I can also be reached from Bounds Green Tube via buses 102 and 299 or from Highgate Tube via buses 134 and 43.
Training, qualifications & experience
1996 Diploma in Counselling, CSCT, Hackney, London
1999 Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training, Centre for Stress Management, Hayes Grove Priory Hospital, Bromley, Kent
2005 Gained BACP Accreditation
2010-2015 EMDR theory and practice parts 1-4
I am a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor which means I am accountable to the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I am an experienced, integrative counsellor, which means I don't follow solely one school of counselling but am informed by a range of theories including Person-Centred, Attachment Based Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my work. I adapt the way I work and the techniques I use to each client’s individual needs because no two people are the same.
I have also completed my training in EMDR therapy.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective in treating trauma, and is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Practitioners are also finding it effective in the treatment of other anxiety related problems.
People come to see me about many different issues but I have considerable experience and interest in working with people affected by cancer and other illnesses and also bereavement.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The current situation means many are without income or it has been severely reduced. Please ask about reduced fees if affected, though I do need to charge a fee as this is my income.
My usual fee for sessions (both ongoing and assessment sessions) is £60 per one hour appointment. Payment is made by bank transfer before the session. Payment must be received before the session.
Concessions offered for
I offer all prospective clients an assessment session (the same fee is charged as for an ongoing session).This provides both of us with the opportunity of deciding if we wish to work together. I will ask you about what has brought you to counselling and a little about your formative history and what you are hoping to get out of coming for counselling. We will also talk about practical matters such as fees, endings and any breaks in the counselling schedule such as holidays.
You can then decide on booking further sessions.
The number of sessions needed depends on what you are bringing to counselling. Some people find that a few sessions are enough while others may prefer to look at things in more depth or have ongoing support and have longer term counselling.
I treat all information disclosed to me as confidential unless I feel a client is either a danger to themselves or others, when I may be obliged to inform an outside agency, eg. a GP, but would try, whenever possible, to discuss this with you first.
During ongoing sessions, I may use different techniques depending on your concerns eg. If you feel very anxious, I will work on making you feel relaxed and may give you relaxation exercises to continue at home. I will work with you respectfully and collaboratively so won't just sit there in silence.