Jimmy Whiteaker Counselling & Psychotherapy. Children, teens, parents, adults.
Whatever is getting in the way of you living your life, it is worth doing something about. I will offer you compassion and clarity so you can safely hold and process your painful experiences. At the moment your inner resources are likely sunk in coping, rather than really living. We will work together to free your resources for you to make lasting changes.
Children & Adolescents
Together, your child and I will create a warm and trusted environment so your child can take their next steps to living more happily. Given support your child can harness their natural talent for growth to heal, move on and choose their path.
During lockdown I have found ways to work playfully and creatively with younger children and teens online. Young people are enormously resourceful in finding ways to process difficulties and have consistently made online therapy work for them.
Online therapy is very suited to adults as most adults want talking therapy - it is our first mode of communication. I have found online therapy very effective for this reason.
Online counselling and psychotherapy is very well suited to adolescents as it is such a pervasive aspect of their lives. And, children and adolescents tend not to process strong emotions in the therapy hour - generally much is processed in the week between sessions. This again makes online therapy very suitable.
What I bring
Over the last twenty years I have worked with adults and young people in mental health provision, early years and playwork, and creatively in professional theatre. I now work some of the week for a busy counselling agency in the heart of Bath and at primary and secondary schools.
For three years I was highly trained in person centred psychotherapy and further trained in working specifically with children and adolescents. This means I am highly trained in the one aspect of therapy shown to create therapeutic change, the relationship itself.
I know how intensely precious and challenging the responsibility of parenting can be, being a loving and committed father to my own two children.
Lastly, my being a male therapist is worth highlighting. I am absolutely committed to offering a softer male face to my clients by extending real compassion, empathy and support. In my experience it is the person and not the gender which matters when connecting with your therapist.
Email me to arrange for your free initial phone consultation.
I will get back to you in 24 hours.
Your free initial phone consultation is a chance for you to talk about what is bringing you or your child to therapy and to ask any questions you might have. You choose how much you want to say or not. It is also a chance to get a sense if you would like us to begin working through things together.
Please see the “Further Information” section below if you want a more detailed picture of how I may be of help.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 7 Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
FdA in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
CPD "A Day with Professor Emeritus Brian Thorne"
CPD "Working with Trauma in the Counselling Room"
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session.
Payment is due if you cancel 48hrs or less before an appointment.
Sessions with me
All sessions last 50 minutes.
The beautiful, light room I use in Bath is set up for working playfully and creatively with children and adolescents.
Many clients find parking in the Sainsbury’s supermarket opposite convenient, and there is a bus stop just outside.
Online sessions offer a greater flexibility in terms of time and days, get in touch to discuss this further.
Alongside my private practice, I work some of the week for a very established counselling agency in the heart of Bath, at a local comprehensive secondary school and a private junior school.
Earlier in my career I worked in both residential and community settings supporting adults and young people with complex and enduring mental health issues. I went on to work with early years children and in playwork. I then made theatre as an actor, writer, director and facilitator with children, young people and adults.
My approach to therapy
The person centred approach to therapy is lively, creative and compassionate. It is focused on how we relate to one another, the relationship itself is the tool we will use. Most likely the things troubilng you or your child will have roots in relationship and so, relationships can heal them. The person centred approach aims at empowering adults and young people in our increasingly complex world to live fully with others.
For three years I received a depth training at the University of Warwick solely in contemporary person centred counselling and psychotherapy. I actively chose depth over breadth in my training. The training was for working with clients 16 years and up.
I have further training in working specifically with children and young people.
I have additional training in some CBT techniques, attachment theory and trauma-informed approaches using the body. I value these approaches highly and often use them - but I am resolutely a person centred therapist. I have seen the therapeutic relationship heal, time and again.
I am seeing more and more adolescents who are anxious. Anxious about how they are perceived, who they are, about school, about the environment and of course now the Covid-19 outbreak - the list is long. Anxiety is characterised by something being partially out of sight, and therapy is so useful in this regard. Safely bringing to light what is hidden usually reduces anxiety a great deal. From there young people typically work on the underlying problem.