Jonnie Godfrey Ad.Dip.PC. NCS
A counsellor can have all the therapeutic qualifications possible, but still not be the 'right' person to work with! So it's worth researching to find someone who you think and feel could be 'right'; it's important to be comfortable as a client when undertaking the unpacking and sorting out of sensitive, delicate or challenging issues that are impacting on your life.
I have been working in this field - counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and mentoring - for 22 years, both with individuals and with groups, in the community and in organisations. I also work voluntarily for two Oxfordshire-based charities: 'The Eve Project' and '16-25 Support'.
I work integratively, applying my skills, knowledge and experience in ways to suit each client, male or female, helping facilitate changes in the present, understand and come to terms with the past and recognise how it influences both the present and the future. This fosters awareness of the link between head and heart, mind and body, and how one informs and affects the other. In the process I offer support, a different perspective, challenge, clarity - and humour - where appropriate on the therapeutic journey.
I believe the working relationship between client and therapist plays a key part in the process; an initial session is an opportunity to establish whether you feel heard and responded to appropriately, whether you could trust and feel confident in the working alliance, and could envisage developing a way forward, in tandem.
A telephone conversation, or e-mail exchange, is a good place to start. I am happy to have a mixture of face-to-face sessions and 'phone sessions if the situation requires it.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, awarded by Chrysalis, whose courses are accredited by The Royal College of Nursing. In addition, I am qualified to use the Pesso-Boyden System (PBSP) - which represents the coming together of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and system-oriented principles, along with client-centered attitudes, in one integrated philosophy.
I am a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
As a member of The National Counselling Society (JG00P16), I practise along the guidelines, and within their ethical framework, and that of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have studied Mindfulness, Reiki and Dr Thomas Gordon's family effectiveness training, among other disciplines, approaches, techniques and philosophies.
Prior to working in this field I spent 15 years in the communications industry: broadcasting, journalism, public relations and travel company management. In addition, I have written two books in the 'Landscapes' series.
My corporate experience includes working with senior and middle management executives individually and in small groups and with groups of graduate trainees.
I am a parent, and a school governor, and I run programmes of informal, coaching-cum-therapy-cum self-help for small groups, focusing on what might be holding someone back from being effective, feeling competent, relaxed or fulfilled - and developing and supporting their moves forward.
Continuing personal development is important to me - there is always something more to learn and put to good use.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Business related issues - conflict resolution, mentoring, management/communication issues
£40-£50 per hour/hour and a half. 24 hours' notice is required for cancellations, notwithstanding extenuating circumstances.
Concessions available for low income earners.
I work from home, in a peaceful, dedicated location, where parking is easy, or 'on site', if appropriate.
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Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|