Jill Bittle

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(MBACP) Serene Steps Counselling
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Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hello! My name is Jill and I'm a qualified integrative counsellor. I tailor my therapy to individual's needs and from experience, I'm aware that one type of therapy doesn't work for everyone. Whether you just want somewhere to talk and offload your feelings, or have a specific goal you're working towards, or whether you want to explore how you're feeling but don't have the words, I can help.

I offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), which is a talking therapy to help you manage your problems by changing the ways in which you behave and think. This can be very effective for issues such as anxiety and depression but can be useful for many other issues too. Using this type of therapy can be useful in teaching you to become your own therapist.

I'm also a creative counsellor meaning I help clients to explore their feelings through the use of art, images, stories, clay and sand. Working in this way is integral to my practice, as sometimes we can't find the words to express how we feel. The use of creativity can really help you to explore your feelings, understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life. Getting creative offers the inner subconscious an outlet for exploration. Some people have concerns that you have to be good at art but this is a huge misconception. It is about the process of creating and expressing something, rather than what the finished article looks like.

I also offer Gestalt Therapy, which really focuses on how you're feeling in the here and now. We can explore your feelings via your body language, role play and things such as using stones and cards in a therapeutic way. This can be helpful to unveil issues or worries that perhaps you were unaware of.

Person centred therapy is always at the heart of my counselling services and sometimes, using this type of therapy alone is all that is needed. This will give you the opportunity to talk about your problems, in a non judgmental environment, receiving an empathetic ear. This therapy can look at how you perceive yourself consciously.

I will adapt my style to suit your needs so you can be assured, if one type of therapy isn't for you, we can try something new.

I am offering face to face counselling, which takes place in a quiet cabin in my garden, online counselling via Google Meet and telephone counselling.  My face to face counselling offers a relaxed, quiet environment, without the worry of sitting in a waiting room around other people, meaning your appointment will be very discrete.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 5 diploma in therapeutic counselling. This has trained me to work integratively, adapting to individual needs.

I have plenty of experience doing online and telephone counselling, as well as face to face. I am also in the process of completing an online and telephone counselling course, to enhance my skills further.

I have experience of dealing with the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Abuse (all types)
  • Bereavement
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship/friendship issues
  • Self harm
  • OCD

I have three years of experience working with young people in a school setting aged between 5 and 19. I also have experience of working with adults in the same setting, as well as in my private practice.

Other courses I have completed:

  • Eating disorders in the 21st century 
  • Level 2 in understanding autism.
  • Level 2 in Mental Health in the Early Years.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid training
  • An Exploration of Children and Young People's Emergent Gender and Sexual Identities
  • Level 2 in understanding Domestic Abuse
  • Creative Counselling
  • Suicide First Aid training
  • Level 6 Clinical Supervision

Member organisations

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

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Free initial 20 minute telephone assessment
  • 50 minute online therapy (Googlemeet or Zoom) £45
  • 50 minute telephone session £45
  • 50 minute face to face session £45

***Please note, student concessions refer to university students who do not have family support for paying for counselling sessions***

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My hours will differ on a week to week basis but most week day evenings, I have availability from 6pm onwards for sessions. Some weeks, it would be from 7pm.

Further information

Please note, I currently don't have client toilet facilities available.

Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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Regrettably, my current practice setup isn't wheelchair friendly due to a couple of steps in the garden and up into my cabin. No toilet facilities are available.

Online platforms

Google Meet
Jill Bittle
Jill Bittle