Dr. Jessica Gordon - Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, DPsych)
Life is filled with numerous transitions, challenges, opportunities, losses and other difficult experiences. Support from a counselling psychologist provides a confidential setting in which to explore and assess issues which may be impacting your life and emotional well-being. This can provide relief from the sense of personal isolation which can often accompany emotional difficulties. With this comes the opportunity for exploration, understanding, new insight and the potential for change.
Taking the first step to seek support from a psychologist can be a personal challenge and one which evokes many questions. Therapy can provide a non-judgmental, safe and confidential space to help you explore your difficulties, help to deepen your self-awareness and better understand your relationships. Seeking support from someone outside your family and circle of friends can make it easier to open up honestly, knowing what we speak about is confidential. If you feel uncertain about therapy I encourage potential clients to contact me and we can have a chat on the phone or arrange to meet in person before making the decision to commit to therapy.
I recognise that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy that will suit everyone and therefore therapy must be tailored to the individual client. I use an integrative and person-centred approach, drawing on aspects of many different therapeutic models. The most important marker of success in therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. I, therefore, aim to foster this relationship by working collaboratively with clients, being congruent, transparent and respectful. While the therapist has the theoretical knowledge, the client is always the expert on themselves and this, together with a positive therapeutic relationship allows the client to grow and change.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Training & Qualifications
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology & Clinical practice and a Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
I am trained in various different therapeutic modalities including; Person-Centred (humanistic) therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic approaches. This means that I am able to suggest the most appropriate form of support based on your individual needs and experiences.
I have experience of working across the lifespan from children & adolescents to adults and older adults, including couples and family/systemic work. In addition to my private work, I have experience of working in multiple settings including the NHS, and charitable sector as well as both primary and secondary schools. I have worked with clients with a wide range of mental health difficulties including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, addiction, child and adolescent mental health, separation anxiety, bullying (cyber and school), eating disorders and body image disturbance, those struggling with bereavement and loss and those living with long term medical conditions.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch to find out if I am the right therapist for you and I will be happy to give you more details about how we can work together to tackle your psychological difficulties.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation prior to an initial assessment. Please contact me on 07538 557155 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
For individual fifty minute sessions my rate is £80 and for ninety minute initial assessments £125. Please contact me for couples and student rates.