Due to the current coronavirus situation I am now offering online and telephone sessions instead of face to face counselling as advised by our government and my governing bodies. If you feel in need of extra support at this time please make contact in the usual way and I will hope to help or, if not, to refer you on to someone else who may be able to. Please read on and my sincerest best wishes to you at this ongoing challenging and uncertain time, Jilly
At some time in our lives we all encounter problems or situations that are difficult to face on our own. We need someone to talk to; someone outside of our usual circle of friends and family; someone who will listen without judgement, seek to understand and help us to see a way forward.
COUNSELLING: Following 20 years of working in the NHS as a Nurse and then a Midwife, I trained as a Counsellor and now have 18+ years experience of working with a whole variety of issues and situations. I work in an integrative way which means I draw on different models of counselling. I use creative methods where these may seem helpful and in more recent years I have developed a focus on the body as that holds a wealth of wisdom for us to draw on. The goal is ultimately to help you begin to sort through and process your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in whatever way will most suit you. Counselling can be challenging and unsettling but can become a time of significant personal growth and development. It can enable you to move forward in your life where you may have been stuck before. An honest midwife will tell a woman that labour is hard work and can be tough, but with understanding, support and encouragement she will get through it. Its perhaps similar with counselling. It is not necessarily easy, but it is always well worth the work.
I see clients one to one for both short and long term work and have an emphasis on working within the relationship developing trust and growing in honest and real communication. This increases their ability to deal with relationships and situations in all the different areas of their lives.
SUPERVISION: Since 2013 I have also been working as a Counselling Supervisor. I offer 90 minute, monthly supervision sessions primarily to counsellors but also to those in other walks of life (such as Church Leaders, Osteopaths, Medical Staff, other Management positions etc.), any who feel that they would benefit from some supervisory input whilst not literally needing personal therapy. If you are interested in this kind of help or support please feel free to contact me for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Experience
Qualified as a Nurse 1983 at the John Radcliff Hospital, Oxford
and as a Midwife 1986 at Poole Maternity Hospital, Dorset
Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998
Advanced Certificate in Counselling 2003
Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2006
Accredited Counsellor 2010
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2013
I am accredited with the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) and am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I am bound by both of their codes of ethics and personal practice.
I receive monthly supervision from two supervisors and I regularly attend professional development days and conferences as well as undertaking regular and ongoing webinar training online with special interest in: Trauma Training Janina Fisher Levels 1, 2 &3; Mind, Body & Somatic Resources; Online Counselling Training; Polyvagal Theory & Neuroscience & NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medecine) Trauma Treatment Training.
I originally trained in a Christian-based integrative model which drew from many counselling models (such as cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, transactional analysis, and gestalt). This enabled me to develop a practice of working with clients which respected those from any and no faith background. My knowledge and experience has widened over the years to encompass many other models and counselling theories, and I continue to essentially base my work on a person centered approach, meeting with each client as a unique individual and working collaboratively with them, tailoring my work style to their specific needs and preferences.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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
My sessions are one hour duration and cost £50. In some instances I will offer longer sessions when doing deeper work or if this is appropriate or helpful to the client. Fees will be negotiated.
I work Monday to Thursday daytime, and the occasional evening only as required.
Some years ago now I was given an amazing gift of a cabin which was my original work space at my previous home and led to the name Cabin Counselling. I since moved to a new home and though unable to take the cabin with me I have recreated a new, dedicated counselling space which has very much captured the feel and atmosphere of the original cabin. I continue to offer a warm and peaceful environment in which to come and feel safe to relax and share your problems and issues. Get in touch and you can come and see for yourself.