Jonathan Kilcourse - Counsellor
01422 - 889952
Welcome to my profile.
A little about myself and the counselling services I provide. I am an experienced counsellor offering a professional, confidential and supportive service. Your experiences will be respected and discussed, with a sincere interest and a commitment to help you through the difficulties you are currently experiencing.
My counselling approach is underpinned and informed by person, or client centred therapy, focusing and existential phenomenology. Genuineness, acceptance and a non-judgemental attitude are particular aspects of the counselling relationship that foster trust, openness and insight, thus creating an environment in which a person can come to understand themselves in greater detail and depth.
An essential element of counselling is finding a therapist who you feel comfortable working with, a therapist who can be alongside you as you navigate the complexities of living. The counselling process, whilst being a supportive one also focuses on the ongoing development of the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor. This in turn enables a person to explore their current difficulties within a trusting and safe environment.
At the same time, counselling creates a space for the investigation and cultivation of different perspectives of the self - experience whilst learning to tolerate difficult and painful feelings, meaninglessness and also to develop meaning.
I work creatively, relationally and sensitively with the above process, at a comfortable pace suited to the individual. Clients are encouraged to give expression to the whole of their lived experience, collaboratively exploring both the implicit and explicit meaning in both the physical and narrative threads which emerge within the counselling process.
My approach also values the diversity of world-views which can be expressed in terms of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and culture.
Why choose counselling?
I believe that we all deserve to live meaningful and satisfying lives and that we all have the capacity to do so. However, the pressures of life, a lingering low mood, a past or recent traumatic experience, a bereavement, life transitions, change, approaching old age or illness can generate difficult feelings, a sense of meaninglessness, disconnection or a general sense of dissatisfaction with life.
It is at these times that I can support you to make sense of your experiences and examine what you believe about yourself; exploring your feelings, thoughts, attitudes and responses to others and the environment in which you live, delving beneath the masks of day-to-day existence.
Although the counselling process can effect change, it does not force unrealistic expectations on a person to change. The counselling process could be seen as carefully walking through the colourful space of emotions, thoughts, relational and embodied experiences that exist in between what might be labelled or judged as being 'good or bad,' 'positive or negative' or 'black and white'. Exploring the space between extremes can provoke subtle emotional and psychological changes resulting in an increased flexibility of personal meanings and perspectives, learning to accept oneself in all its entirety and enabling a person to respond to the complexities of their life with awareness, clarity and confidence.
I have specialist interests in the process and challenges of later life, freedom and it's limitations, existential themes of relatedness, uncertainty and anxiety and Buddhist philosophy. All of which influence my approach.
The fee for an initial 50 minute consultation is £30. The fee for subsequent sessions is £45.00.
I am happy to discuss concessions based on your personal circumstances, with the aim being to agree on a fee which is sustainable for both parties.
I also provide supervision for counsellors and other therapists.
I provide daytime and evening appointments.
Please telephone, or send an email enquiry for further details or to have an informal chat to discuss your situation in more detail.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Experience.
I have over 16 years' experience of providing counselling support to individuals and groups.
As well as practising privately I have spent over ten years counselling and supporting individuals, and supervising other counsellors, professionals and therapists within services such as NHS Mental Health (IAPT), working within Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services. I have helped to develop Community Counselling Services for adults, children and families, and initiated and founded a Hospice Bereavement Counselling and Support Service. I also currently work part-time for an NHS specialist Older Adult Counselling and Psychology service.
CFD Supervisor training, competence certificate Keele University: 2013
CFD Counsellor training, competence certificate Keele University: 2012
Certificate in Ten Directions Ecotherapy approach, Tariki Trust France/UK: 2011 & 2012
BA (Hons) Applied Counselling Applications, Leeds Metropolitan University: 2010
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, Manchester College of Arts & Technology: 2002
Certificate in Human Relations, Manchester College of Arts & Technology: 2001
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
My usual fee is £47.50 per 50 minute appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My working hours are flexible, being close to major roads, bus and rail links to and from Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|