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(MBACP) Serene Steps Counselling

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. 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 also offer Gestalt Therapy, which is a slightly more creative approach. This type of therapy 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 dipoloma 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

I have three years of experience working with young people in a school setting aged between 11 and 19. I also have experience of working with adults in the same setting, as well as at my private practice. I am therefore comfortable working with any age group and confident applying my skills to anyone from the age of 8 upwards.

Other courses I have completed:

Eating disorders in the 21st century 

Level 2 in understanding autism.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Free initial 20 minute telephone assessment
  • 50 minute online therapy (Googlemeet or Zoom) £40
  • 50 minute telephone session £40
  • 50 minute face to face session £40

When I work

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Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom