Jill Thwaites BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP (registered)
For many of us, choosing to have counselling, for the first time, can feel like a step into the unknown, so I aim to make the process as easy for you as possible. If you have any questions that I don't answer here, please contact me by phone or email and I'll be happy to answer any queries you may have.
At times life can be difficult. You may have persistent worries or fears. Your emotions might feel overwhelming. Perhaps you have been deeply hurt by an event or experience. Or you may have developed ways of trying to manage your feelings that are no longer working. Talking to friends and family is often helpful but sometimes it isn’t enough, and talking to a supportive independent 'stranger' can be easier. Throughout my training, and afterwards, I have received personal therapy, so I have experienced how rewarding it can be to open up to a counsellor, to build a relationship and start to make sense of unwanted thoughts and feelings.
I offer a confidential, empathic and non-judgemental safe space for you to express yourself and to explore any issues you may be struggling with. No two people’s experiences are the same, which is why paying attention to your individual experience is my priority, in order for us to work together to find a way forward that feels right for you.
What to expect
We will arrange an initial meeting to discuss what you’d like from counselling and to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions, and to consider whether you would like to continue with regular sessions. It is important for you to feel safe, respected and understood.
The initial meeting does not commit either of us to further sessions but if you decide you would like to go ahead, and we both feel happy to work together, we will agree a contract to suit your individual requirements. We will arrange a mutually convenient time for regular sessions, which will normally last 50 minutes.
Your counselling sessions are your space to talk about anything that you wish to bring to the session. Some people want support to help them work out how to resolve their problem or issue, others may be less sure what they want from counselling but feel that they’d like things to be different in their life. I will work with you to help you find what that is.
If at any time you feel you would like to stop your sessions this is not a problem, although it is advisable to have an ‘ending’ final session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham. I have been working with young people and adults from different backgrounds, and with a wide range of issues, since 2013.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I attend regular monthly supervision, to ensure that my professional practice is monitored, and Continuous Professional Development workshops to support my work.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
£35 per 50 minute session.
Introductory session £20
I offer a confidential and non-judgemental counselling service.
On street parking is available and there are public car parks nearby, just across the road.
Should you have any queries, please contact me by phone or email and I will do my best to respond within one working day.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My work usually takes place in an upstairs room, but we can always try to arrange use of a downstairs room when wheelchair access is required.
I am able to see clients for daytime and evening sessions, including weekends, by arrangement.
Types of client