Jess Standish

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BA (Hons) Dip.Couns MBACP (Accred)
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Dorking, Surrey, RH4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I'm Jess, an experienced BACP Accredited counsellor committed to offering you support at a difficult time in your life. I work with both adults and young people, providing a warm and compassionate, confidential space where you will be listened to and valued.

I offer face to face sessions in central Dorking as well as working online. I also work for Heads Together, a counselling service in Surrey supporting young people with a range of issues including study and exam stress, relationship and friendship issues, family problems, self-harm and low self-esteem which can lead to anxiety and depression.

Life might feel overwhelming and challenging right now and you may not be sure how to move forward. Feeling listened to and understood can open up the possibility of choice and change.

​A trusting relationship is at the very heart of the work we do together. Our sessions will always focus on respecting your needs and wants, at a pace which is comfortable for you. Please visit my website to find out more.

How counselling can help

Sometimes life experiences can cause anxiety, depression and stress which can make it feel hard to cope and find ways to move forward. 

You may worry about burdening others with your problems and they can go unresolved.  Exploring your issues with a counsellor can feel liberating as it allows you to be open and share your thoughts and feelings without being judged. 

Issues we can work together to address:

  • Life events such as relationship and health issues, work and study stress, bereavement and loss demand that we must constantly adapt to change. Without support, this can take its toll leading to stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Exploring and challenging coping behaviours which may have developed over time and can start to become increasingly unhelpful leading to avoidance and self-criticism.​

  • Recognising how past experiences and patterns of behaviour have shaped you. These insights can help you understand yourself in the present, which enables choices that lead to healing, acceptance and change.

  • Understanding how your inner critic, which can sometimes feel so unforgiving, can lead you away from the self-compassion needed to live a fulfilling life

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Accredited therapeutic counsellor which means that I abide by a code of practice and ethical framework which ensures that your wellbeing is fundamental to the work we do.

In addition to my private practice I work for Heads Together, a counselling service for young people in Surrey working with many issues including family problems, relationship and friendship difficulties, anxiety resulting from self-criticism, anger, panic attacks, low mood and depression, school, university and work pressures, health anxiety, loneliness and identity, neurodiversity.

I have previously worked as a counsellor at a GP's practice.


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic and Existential Counselling

Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Continued Professional development training: social anxiety, working with suicide and self-harm, safeguarding children and young people, developmental trauma, neglect and relational trauma, working with the adult child in therapy, ASD and ADD.

Current DBS certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service), 

PGCE Primary Education (15 years as a teacher in London and Surrey)

BA (Hons) 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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)

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£60 per session.

I offer both time limited and open ended counselling to suit your needs. This will be reviewed as we work together and is always your decision.  

Sessions are 50 minutes and take place in person at my therapy space in Dorking or online via Zoom.

Further information

Please do get in touch if you feel you would like to discuss working together. It is important for you to feel comfortable with your counsellor from the outset and therefore I offer a free consultation where we can get to know one another, you can discuss what you would like to get out of counselling and ask any questions.

Dorking, Surrey, RH4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Jess Standish
Jess Standish