Jez Downs

Jez Downs

Herne Bay


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About me

I see my main task as a counsellor to be listening. I will always want to start by listening to your story, and to what has brought you to seek counselling. We can then decide between us where to take things from there.

Adult Therapy

I tend to think that what makes us who we are is usually a complicated mix of childhood and adult experiences, choices we make, and circumstances beyond our control. I will aim to use my training and experience to help you explore some of these things, but I will also want to learn about your understanding of where you are and where you want to be in future.

My training and orientation could be described as an integration of existential psychotherapy and Attachment Theory - I believe that understanding what makes us tick as human beings and as individuals can be incredibly liberating. I also have found that dealing with the world we find ourselves in and the range of feelings that it provokes can be incredibly difficult, and having someone to share this task without judgement can be incredibly helpful.


My work with children uses non-directive play therapy techniques, it is creative and engaging for the child, but also enables them to find a route towards growing emotionally and finding tools to deal with their difficulties. It is underpinned by my knowledge of attachment theory, along with a sense of playfulness and fun. Numerous studies have found non-directive play to be a highly effective modality in therapeutic work with children.

Depending on the circumstances, I would usually recommend starting with 3 months worth of sessions for primary school age children. If you would like to find out more about non-directive play therapy, a good place to start is the books of Virginia Axeline - 'Dibs - In Search of Self' is a compelling and readable account of play therapy in action from the founder of the approach.

I work with children of all ages. I have worked with primary schools and with children's centres both as a counsellor and in other roles for the local authority, I have a enhanced DBS check available on request. I also have extensive experience with children in all stages of the care system.

Training, qualifications & experience

2011 - Diploma in Counselling - University of Kent

2012 - Psychotherapy Studies Master of Science (MSc) - University of Kent

I am trained to Masters level in counselling and psychotherapy, and I combine this with 20 years working within the voluntary and public sectors with a wide range of different people. This includes working to help settle and integrate refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, and working to support vulnerable children and families with schools and Surestart Children's Centres. I worked for many years as an NHS IAPT counsellor, mainly with patients referred from GPs in Dover and Thanet suffering from anxiety and depression. In primary schools in Kent, I set up a project using counselling students and volunteers to deliver counselling sessions to parents and carers of pupils, as well as providing counselling and non-directive play therapy for pupils themselves.

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£50 per session.

Maps & Directions

Herne Bay, CT6

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings in Herne Bay.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults