Jonathan Kilcourse - Counsellor
01706 - 658269
Welcome to my profile.
A little about me and the counselling services I provide. I am an experienced counsellor offering a professional, confidential and supportive service. The experiences and difficulties you bring to therapy will be listened to with a sincere interest and a commitment to support you through them, no matter how confusing or distressing they may feel.
My counselling approach is underpinned and informed by person, or client centred therapy, focusing and existential phenomenological approaches. Genuineness, acceptance and a non-judgemental attitude are all particular aspects of the counselling relationship which foster trust, openness and insight, thus creating an environment in which the people I work with come to understand themselves in greater detail and depth.
An essential element of counselling is finding a therapist whom you feel comfortable talking with. As your therapist I will be alongside you as you navigate the complexities of your life, sharing the highs, lows and all that falls in-between. My counselling approach, whilst being supportive, also focuses on the ongoing development of the relationship between myself and the person I work with, a dynamic process of relating which enables us to explore your current difficulties in relation to each other, other people in your life and the wider social world you live and work within.
Between us we will collaboratively co-create a space to investigate your life experiences and cultivate different perspectives of your self as you experience it. Learning to give expression to, and tolerate difficult or painful feelings whilst learning to put words, or physical expression, to your memories, purpose and meaning.
I work creatively, relationally and sensitively with the above process at a pace suited to the individual. My approach lends itself to working long, or longer short term with people, preferring to adopt a healthy scepticism towards therapeutic approaches which in most instances promote themselves as offering short term magic wand solutions to complex human experiences.
The people I work with are encouraged to give expression to the whole of their lived experience, 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 or loss could leave a person feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope. Or maybe they notice a general sense of dissatisfaction with life which raises more profound questions relating to a persons existence or purpose.
Whatever the difficulty is or however large or small you perceive the difficulty to be, 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 veneer of day-to-day existence.
The counselling approach I adopt and subsequent process can quite often effect changes in a persons life, although my approach 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 or shifts, resulting in an increased flexibility of personal meanings and perspectives, learning to accept more of oneself 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, how we experience 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 £45.00 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|