Jihan Sibany MBACP, PgDip Counselling and Psychotherapy
Life can throw up some real struggles that we may not understand or feel able to cope with. Fear of judgement or the effect on our loved ones can stop us from being able to talk about our deepest concerns and anxieties. Our relationships can suffer under the strain and we can be left feeling isolated and alone. We sometimes just don't feel like 'ourselves' and can't make sense of our behaviours, thoughts and cycles, I help you to explore your world more intensely and support you to find your answers and make changes.
Warmth, acceptance and being open to other's perspectives are qualities I strive to embody and model. I make no judgement on you or what has brought you to counselling and hope to be able to provide a safe space where these issues can be explored, your deepest thoughts and needs expressed and to bring confidence and control back into your life.
If you are feeling depressed or anxious, struggling to cope with your feelings, having relationship difficulties or have undergone a recent life change or loss, counselling can provide a safe, confidential place to talk about your feelings and help to make sense of them.
Taking that first step can be daunting and finding the right counsellor can be difficult, I would encourage you to view the first session as an opportunity for us to meet with each other and see if we are well-matched.
"I attended counselling for quite a while with Jihan, and was in a very bad place to start with; I couldn't even look at her whilst speaking. Through time Jihan helped me to become more confident in myself, recognise the problems I had and helped me to see why my problems affected me the way they did. Almost like she opened up chapters of my brain containing the answers for the questions I had. Jihan is a very non-judgmental, humorous and insightful person to be around. I would easily recommend her to anybody who needs counselling."
Training, qualifications & experience
I see clients at my private practice in Taplow (www.journey2serenity.co.uk). I have also worked with The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as a counsellor for a Youth and Community Counselling Charity as well as working within a Substance Misuse Agency in Berkshire.
My clients are from many diverse backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, ages and religions.The reasons people come for counselling varies greatly, I help clients with anxiety, depression, couples struggling with communication and connection in their relationships and many other issues. I also see young people struggling to find themselves and dealing with difficult issues like self-harm, expression of anger and identity crisis.
I believe that we all have the inner answers to know what is best for us as unique individuals, a very Person-Centered perspective, however, I am also trained in Existential Therapy (A philosophy emphasizing the difficulties and isolation of existence) and CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Solution-Focused Therapy).
I also call on more creative approaches from my professional toolkit like Dream-work, Imagery, Art and Drama which can help those finding it hard to verbalise thoughts and feelings to unlock their 'hidden' self.
2009 - 2011 - Post Graduate Diploma (masters level 7) in Counselling and Psychotherapy - The University of West London
2005 - 2006 - Pre-Practitioner Certificate in Counselling - Uxbridge College
2001-2002 - Counselling Skills and Introduction to Person Centred Therapy - East Berkshire College
Recent CPPD (Continued Professional and Personal Development) and Training
Transactional Analysis 101-The Link School, June 2017
Practical Philosophy-Berkshire School of Economics, October 2016
Counselling for Toads by Robert De Board-Book, May 2016
Workshop on Psychosis-Datchet CPPD, May 2016
Jung, Freud and the Unconscious-City Lit, April 2016
Non-Verbal Communications-New School for Counselling and Psychotherapy, April 2016
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin Yalom - Book, September 2015
Recognising Attachment Styles with Liz MacLaren - Datchet CPPD, April 2015
Working with Dreams, Active Imagination, Symbols and Archetypes - LTF, October 2014
Imagery, Working with the Intuitive Gut - Datchet CPPD, October 2014
Fundamental Principles of Transactional Analysis - LTF, October 2014
The Addicted Child Within - London Therapy Foundation, September 2014
Stress - Am I missing the Message? - City Lit, Covent Garden, February 2014
Working with myth, movement and metaphor in Therapy - Mary Smail, Sesame Institute, Oct 2013
Sexualisation of Young People - Youth Talk, Sept 2013
Conflict in Counselling and Couples Counselling - DCPPD, Sept 2013
Know yourself through Colour, Myth and Drama Workshop
Working with Myth and Metaphor
Group Facilitation - Understanding and Managing Anxiety
Datchet CPPD Group - Co-facilitation of monthly meetings,
Primal Screaming Workshop
ITEP Training - Mapping and Mindfulness
Harnessing Your Creativity To Free The Client - Entering the Client's World
CBT with Positive Interviewing
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Inability to Make Decisions
Lack of Trust in Self
Meaningless and Dread
Young People and Teen Related Issues
Photos & videos
Sessions take place in a tranquil room in a quiet village location in Taplow.
£45 individuals (50 minute session)
£80 couples (1 hr 15 minute session)
(concessional rates are available for those in financial hardship or students).
Work can be short term (6-12 sessions) or more open ended
APPROACHES: Integrative, Person Centred, Existential, CBT, Creative, Dream Work.
'Talking' is just one style of therapy, I also work with dreams, art, visualisations and writing for clients who find it more difficult to verbalise their problems.
Although I embrace the 'traditional' style of counselling, my own personal experiences of therapy with the sympathetic nods and uncomfortable silences have led me to take a more dynamic and active role in the therapeutic relationship, I walk with you on your journey, step by step and tailor my style to each individual client.
If you are looking for a refreshingly different approach to therapy then get in contact today, it could be the start of the best journey you will ever go on.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays and Evenings
Types of client