Jess Porter

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BACP Registered Member, Dip Integrative Counselling, BSc
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Plymouth PL4 & Aberdeen AB23
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About me

Hello, my name is Jess. I am a BACP registered (MBACP) Integrative Counsellor. I was born and raised in Aberdeen and have spent much of my life in Plymouth. 

Over the last 15 years, I have an extensive experience of working in counselling and clinical psychology, university mental health and bereavement support services.

I hold specialisms and ongoing professional training in: 

Grief, bereavement and loss 

Trauma, difficult life circumstances, relationship difficulties, low self esteem

Adult mental health, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis

Working with professional/workplace/higher education burnout and needing future career exploration and clarity 

Specifically tailored counselling and therapy with men/males

Developmental conditions

There are so many different reasons that can bring a client to counselling. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and that is why I am committed to engaging with you effectively and safely. Counselling should be a space to fully express what you might be holding on to yourself. 

Counselling is a unique experience with clients holding different needs and preferences that can also change over the counselling timespan. I therefore flexibly change my approach to your needs and wishes. There is no limit on how long you would like to meet with me. I am a remote counsellor who provides short and long term counselling via Zoom or phone call according to client preference.

Overarching, across clients, my core focuses are:

Holding a safe and trusting relationship and space so that clients feel comfortable, valued and respected as an individual with their own internal resources. 

For the client to feel empowered to manage difficult circumstances, enhance their quality of life and access their strengths. 

For the client to be supported to explore and develop a deeper understanding of:

Internal processes, including emotions and thoughts
Effects on physical well-being 
The effect of the past on the present, including trauma or attachment difficulties
How to promote and develop positive and helpful changes. 

You might be experiencing emotional difficulties, encountering challenging circumstances, needing support to work through life changes, relationship difficulties or loss. You might be experiencing difficulties with your behaviour or anger or feel lost, believing that you are not the person you once were and life is not controlled. You might also hold patterns that have been unhelpful for you and caused distress.

Training, qualifications & experience

15 years of professional experience across:  

Counselling and clinical psychology (adults)

Specialist mental health services (university students, 2011-present)

Bereavement and grief services 

Adult and adolescent mental health and neurological rehabilitation (NHS and community) 

Key qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill College)

Trauma treatments certification (British Psychological Society, Clinical Psychology Division)

Bereavement, grief and loss psychotherapy approaches certification

Personality disorders certification

Registered member of the University Mental Health Advisers Network

Psychology BSc 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Vocational difficulties

Burnout and compassion fatigue

Religious trauma 

Educational stress and trauma (including boarding school trauma)


Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

A free 30 minute remote session will be available as an initial consultation. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I engage with clients:

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 19:00

Further information

I work remotely with clients using either a video platform or via phone call. I do not undertake face to face sessions. 

My working hours are:

10:00-19:00 Monday to Friday

Plymouth, Devon, PL4

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB23

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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