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About me

In these changing times you may be discovering your strengths as well as deep feelings of overwhelm, grief, helplessness, loneliness to name a few. You don’t have to be alone in this. Online Counselling from your chosen safe space via video apps can really help.

Relationship issues, lonely, overwhelmed or depressed, struggling in general or because of specific events? Sometimes friends and family are unable to support you in the way you need. I have practises online and can meet in person monthly in Exeter, Sidmouth, Taunton and Farnham, Surrey. I offer professional, confidential, non-judgemental counselling for teens, adults and couples. Currently all sessions are via online video apps.

I use an integrated approach which means I draw on a range of skills and theories to adapt counselling to your individual needs. I am passionate about the work I do because I know it helps you on the path back to being yourself.

There is nothing too big or too small to bring to counselling but I understand looking for a counsellor can be a daunting thought. For some, life may have been difficult for a great while and an impartial, professional listener can be a welcome step to change. It takes courage to make that first step so it is important that you find someone who you can trust. To this end I offer an initial, no obligation chat for us to explore your hopes or fears about counselling. Together we can discuss how I could work with you to get what you need.

You may feel stuck, have family issues, be battling depression, anxiety or just know that life could be better. Counselling helps make sense of the difficulties you are having. I am trained to work in varied techniques and whilst I won’t offer you advice, I will work alongside you to make decisions and find an understanding of situations and yourself.

My work in schools with children and young people has informed my practise where relationships, both professionally and in the home, can become complex. Changes in life and relationships, illness, low self esteem, depression, anger and stress are just some of the issues I have experience in. I can offer long, medium or short-term work to help you with your issues.

As a humanistic practitioner I never underestimate the capacity for growth; whether it is support in gaining new perspectives, changing behaviours or thoughts, or building self esteem and positive self image; our counselling relationship can help you to explore in a professional, safe and confidential setting .

My job is to facilitate your exploration and understanding to enable you to make the change you want to achieve.

Training, qualifications & experience


I am a Registered Member of BACP

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People
Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
Diploma in NLP

ADVA: Tackling domestic abuse & violence
            MARAC

SAL:   Sexual abuse and related issues

Safeguarding adults
Safeguarding children (level 3)
Early Help

Working with Eating Disorders.
Working with Relational Trauma
Understanding and Working with Trauma (PTSD)
Working with people who Self injure
LGBTQi+ Awareness
Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice (F.E.A.R Model)

Shame and betrayal

Working with Early Relational Trauma

Breathwork for Anxiety and Trauma

Couples:

Couples and conflict
Communication & Difference
Dealing with affairs
Sex, arousal and ageing
Meetings Partners' needs


I hold a DBS Certificate
NNEB

I am LGBTQI+ affirmative

I am continually updating my skills and knowledge with varied training and workshops.

My work in the charitable sector includes the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter and the Quiet Mind centre in Exmouth.
My work in education and early years' settings informs my practise, I have worked with special educational needs (aged 3- 11 years) and been a school counsellor for 4-19 year olds in day school and boarding.

I incorporate coaching techniques and I have developed both structured and creative ways of working including goal setting tasks, sand and clay, role play, art, diagrams, mindfulness and relaxation.

I have studied both beauty therapy and homoeopathy which has fostered a holistic overview of the human condition as well as the complexities around building and maintaining a concept and image of the self.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Loneliness

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Because it is so important for you to have the opportunity to choose the right counsellor for you, I offer an initial 20 minute introductory call, free of charge.

If we decide to work with each other after that call, my fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.

Sessions

Counselling is currently offered solely online. Face to face sessions will be reviewed as the CV 19 vaccination programme takes effect on the risk factors.   We can work to a time limit or short term or long-term basis, depending on your needs and preferences.

Most clients experience maximum benefit from weekly appointments, with you always remaining in control of how many sessions you choose to have.


Adults:     £50 per session
Couples:  £55

Children & Young People (14+ years old) :  £50 per session
Parental/Family consultation:  £55


Student counsellors, carers and supporters of others, at home or professionally, need support too. If this is you, or if you are a student, do get in touch.

I offer some subsidised daytime sessions, so if finance is preventing you from accessing counselling, do just ask.

I am training as a supervisor and am looking for supervisees.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

At present all my sessions are online via video apps M-Th

Further information

I offer a free no obligation chat on the phone so you can decide if you feel comfortable with me and have any questions about how counselling could work for you.

I am Member of SWEC (counsellors in education)

Sidmouth
Devon
EX10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My Sidmouth practise is fully accessible. Online work can be any time to suit your home, work life or time zone.

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Jess Harrison (she/her) Registered Member BACP Dip Couns.

Jess Harrison (she/her) Registered Member BACP Dip Couns.