Jenny Walker MSc
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist working in Hove and Preston Park, providing in-person or video sessions to adults and teenagers.
I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to speak freely about whatever is concerning you. I have experience working with a range of issues, with a specialism in trauma. I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals in Brighton and Hove. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychology (BACP) and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am also an AXA healthcare approved practitioner.
How counselling can help
At times in our lives we all could use some space to reflect on our personal issues and relationships.
Counselling offers an opportunity to examine some of the difficulties we face in life, helping you to gain insight and understanding and to move forward with greater clarity. It can help you to reflect on the past and recognise its impact on the present. It can also help you to recognise patterns in your thinking and behaviour that may hold you back from who you want to be. Counselling may also provide you with support whilst you are going through times of change or facing particular challenges.
At the heart of counselling is the relationship between the client and counsellor. They build a trusting, non-judgemental working relationship, giving the client the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings openly within a confidential, safe environment. The counselling process is unique to each individual. Sometimes it raises difficult or painful feelings which can be worked through and explored with the counsellor.
What to expect in your first session
Finding a counsellor can be a daunting experience. I always suggest an introductory session. This is an opportunity for you to meet me personally and to see if I am the right therapist for you. I will tell you more about the way I work and what to expect. I will also ask you to tell me about your background and what is bringing you to counselling. At the end of the session you are free to go home and think about whether you would like to book ongoing sessions, or we can go ahead and arrange a first session there and then if you would like to.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling and am trained in integrative therapy, combining psychodynamic, person-centered and CBT theory in a relational way. This means that I shape the therapy I offer around each individual and your needs. In our work together we will go at your pace and review how things are going regularly to make sure you feel you are getting the most from the sessions. Sometimes it might be hard to put into words what is going on for you and it might be helpful to bring some creative approaches into our work if this feels right for you.
I have worked in a number of settings providing mental health and wellbeing services for adults and young people within the charity sector. Since my initial qualification, I continue to attend regular training in a range of areas as part of my ongoing professional development. I also have full professional indemnity insurance.
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
£30 for an introductory meeting, £50 for ongoing sessions.