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I'm a qualified counsellor and work through the stories4change Counselling Service with Individuals, Couples and Groups, to provide confidential counselling and support for life changes, loss, relationships, challenges, trauma, conflicts and transitions.
I offer a free 15-minute confidential telephone consultation to answer any questions you might have before making an appointment. If you don't reach me, please leave a message on my voice mail, and I will call you back when I can, usually within 48 hours. To make an appointment or to contact me please e-mail or call 07984 585555 / 01590 676755.
Counselling sessions are in person, by telephone or online by video call through Whereby. (whereby.com/jonathan/stories4change). I see clients from my counselling office in Lymington, as well as counselling rooms in Lyndhurst in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. My training has been focused on the Humanistic and Transactional Analysis Counselling traditions.
“Counselling offers a means to change not only oneself but one’s world.”
I have found that what we experience and take on can lead to a variety of different issues, which can hold us back from being who we want to be and living our lives to our full potential. Counselling encourages and inspires self-awareness and with greater self-awareness we are more able to recognise and heal the issues, conflicts and traumas, which limit, restrict and hold us back, thus giving us additional tools to be and live in balance and in health.
I studied Counselling at Peter Symonds College in Winchester, graduating from both Winchester and Middlesex Universities with a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Transactional Analysis Counselling and a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis. The foundation degree was accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). – I hold Certificates in Counselling Levels 2 & 3 and TA 101. In addition to the Counselling Directory, I am listed on the BACP Register and the HACP Directory HACP Directory.
I've completed a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) at Southampton University, after practising mindfulness for many years. I enjoy bringing both mindfulness and relaxation techniques into my practice where appropriate. I have also completed a Re-decision Therapy Training at the Berne Institute and both Family Systems (Psychodrama) and Short-term Dynamic Therapy courses at Southampton University.
My current area of research and exploration is The Games People still Play & Why – The Psychology of Human Relationships & How we relate & communicate to ourselves and the world. My BA thesis was on ‘The Impact of Trauma on our Current Life Stories“. The other area I continue to explore with relevance to counselling and therapy is Ecopsychology, the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
Before becoming qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor, I gained an initial qualification in Agriculture, graduating from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon and working on the land in England, France, New Zealand, and The United States. In the 1980’s I moved to Northern California, and started working in the media firstly as a photojournalist and later as a filmmaker, presenter and producer. I moved back to the UK in 2005.
It was my dual love of people’s life stories and the obstacles and challenges people faced when confronted by change and trauma that lead me to become a founding director of s4c in 2007 and then subsequently broaden my career to become a therapeutic counsellor. Today I combine the different areas of my counselling work with filmmaking, writing, training, research and environmental work.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Humanistic Transactional Analysis Counselling
Foundation Degree In Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (BACP Accredited)
MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)
Re-decision Therapy Training
Family Systems (Psychodrama)
Short-term Dynamic Therapy
TA (Transactional Analysis) 101
Counselling Skills (Level 3)
Introduction To Counselling (Level 2)
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
• Relaxation Techniques and Mindfulness • General Counselling, Life Coaching and Training
• Body image and Health • Culture and Identity • Transitions and Loss • Ecopsychology and Research
Concessions offered for
£60.00 / 60-80 minute initial assessment
£60.00 / 60 minute subsequent (on-going) sessions
£75.00 - £100.00 / 60-80 minute sessions
Short or Long-term Therapy
Evening and weekend appointments are available on request.
Low Income, students, single parent's and couple's rates are negotiable.
Cancellations received 24 hours before your scheduled appointment will not be charged.
Cancellations within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment will be charged at full cost.
Payment is by either cash, bank transfer or cheque at the end of the session.
When I work
Mondays to Fridays, and some Saturdays.