Jessica Grace MBACP, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Thank you for visiting my page, and taking the opportunity to see if we're a good fit. Whatever it is that’s bringing you to therapy, I hope that I can help.
I am based in Tyneside and I offer online counselling and therapy services for adults. I grew up in north east England, but I also lived and worked in London for over ten years. I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, registered with the British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I trained at the Northern Guild in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Why do people come to counselling?
Life can be challenging in all sorts of ways, and sometimes it's a struggle to cope. People come to therapy for many, many different reasons.
Often there's something in our lives that we’re having difficulty dealing with. This can be one specific event or experience, or perhaps you have difficulties that you've been living with for a long time, and which never really seem to go away.
It can seem impossible to know which way to turn at times. Many people find it useful to have a space to talk about all of this and work through it with someone who will listen – and that’s what I’m here for.
What I can offer
I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you can talk through and explore what's bothering you. I will listen, and work with you to find a way through it. Because everyone who comes to therapy is different, I work in a humanistic, integrative way, focusing on what is right for you as an individual.
I believe awareness is the first step towards taking control of your life, healing from painful or traumatic experiences, and ultimately feeling more positive. I am experienced in helping clients understand themselves better, and working with that knowledge to find the right solutions to their problems. My ultimate goal is to help you make sense of what you're going through and find a way to resolve it and move forward in your life.
The first session
When you first get in touch, I can offer a free initial phone call so that we can be introduced to each other and you can get an idea of how I work. After this, I offer an assessment session at a reduced rate, which gives me the chance to understand what's bringing you to therapy in more detail, as well as offering us both the chance to see if we're a good fit. I believe a strong therapeutic relationship is at the heart of good counselling, so it's important to find a counsellor that's right for you.
How long does therapy take?
Everyone who comes to therapy is different, and there isn't a set number of sessions. I offer both short-term and long-term therapy. Some people find a few sessions is enough to help them deal with their issue, and for others long-term work might be more suitable. This is something we will discuss between us, to make a decision that works best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and I trained at the Northern Guild in Newcastle upon Tyne. The core model I trained in is Transactional Analysis (TA), and this forms the basis of my approach, but I also use other therapy models to help me tailor the counselling to each person I work with. This might include elements of Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioural approaches, existential counselling, and relational psychotherapy.
I am currently working towards my MSc in Psychotherapy.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I offer a free initial phone call so that we can be introduced to each other and you can get an idea of how I work. After this, I offer an assessment session which costs £25 for 50 minutes.
I currently have availability during the week, during the day and some evenings. At the moment I am only able to offer online sessions, by Zoom.