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, in some respects, be easier. Throughout my training, and afterwards, I have undertaken personal therapy, and 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 introductory session which is 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 introductory session 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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently seeing clients online, using the platform Zoom, or by telephone if preferred.
I offer a confidential and non-judgemental counselling service.
Should you have any queries, please contact me by phone or email and I will do my best to respond within one working day.