Welcome to JPS Counselling, Are you finding life difficult at the moment? I can provide you with a safe place to talk. I offer individual counselling within a non-judgmental and genuine professional relationship, and I strive to understand your world with warmth, patience and compassion. I am open to everyone, clients come to see me from all walks of life. I offer a free initial half an hour phone/video meeting and I practice in Frome. My counselling room attached to my home. I believe that the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client is the "key" for positive growth and change, and if we have a trusting relationship then we can move towards developing our full potential. You might be experiencing some kind of emotional distress, whether through a life experience, or maybe you are experiencing low self-esteem. You might be having issues such as anxiety or depression, or you might be struggling to come to terms with the impact of them from the past. It might be that you would like to change things in your life, or you may find yourself generally feeling unhappy or uncomfortable and aren't quite sure why. These feelings and experiences can become very overwhelming and difficult to deal with on your own.
Where I offer a warm non-judgmental and a genuine professional relationship, I aim to provide you an environment of acceptance where you will feel safe to talk and explore your experiences and feelings privately and confidentially, in a calm and discreet setting.
I strive to ‘meet’ you and understand your world through your eyes with warmth, patience and compassion. I aim to work at your pace with a non-directive approach, this means free from advice and judgement. This in turn, can help you to find your own answers that are right for you.
How counselling can help?
I am offering phone or video counselling to all who want to be seen during this time of social distancing. The first session initial session is a 20 minute FREE of charge appointment either during the initial contact, or arranged appointment.
Many clients come with different issues and problems, these range from trauma, relationship difficulties, divorce, work related issues, self esteem and confidence issues, loss and bereavement to diagnosed mental health issues like depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and bipolar.
The counselling I offer, is a space to explore and untangle your difficulties and areas of your life that are troubling you, so that life becomes more clear and you can begin to make sense of your life and how you want to move forward. Friends or families maybe supportive, but it is sometimes difficult to confide in the people closest to you.
Together, we aim to bring about empowerment, so that you can make the right choices for yourself rather than being influenced by the outside world. It can be helpful to talk to a professional, who is not personally involved in your life without being judged or told what you should or should not feel about the way you do, because it is all about you, your own experience in your life, in your own unique way.
How I work that can help you with your answers?
As a Person-Centered counsellor, I strive to be genuine, accepting and understanding within the therapeutic relationship to help with exploring your thoughts, feelings and experiences. I believe that for self-healing to occur, it is through the relationship that is the key, so that you can find the resources and answers to your issues and problems. I believe that every individual has their own internal resources we need for personal growth, and a more fulfilling and satisfying experience of life. I strive to help you to uncover these resources to find your own answers, empowering you to develop self-belief towards a greater feeling of self-worth. The approach I use is known classically as Client Centered Therapy, this was developed by the humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers back in the 1950s.
I work in a way that respects you as an individual and your values and beliefs.
Please visit my website www.jpscounselling.co.uk for further information
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centered Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 5 or Foundation Degree Equivalent)
My counselling experience includes working for an agency with adults coping with a variety of mental health issues. I also work for another agency, with a lot of experience counselling young people (10 - 25 years of age) with a variety of issues. I work in the community, schools, further education - college, youth centre as well as my clinical private practice. I mainly work with adults and some young people in private practice.
My professional background involves over 25 years experience working within Health and Social care, mainly supporting adults with learning disabilities. This includes managing registered services.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP,) I adhere to their ethical framework and code of professional conduct which assures confidentiality. Any information held is in the strictest confidence according to the Data Protection Act.
I attend supervision on a regular basis to ensure that I am working ethically, and in your best interest. The supervision is my support and you will not be identified in anyway.
I attend regular training to keep my continuing professional development and my current practice up to date.
I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service.)
I am fully insured with my own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
First Initial 20 minute session: Free of charge (phone/video)
50 minute session: £45.
Fees will be charged at each session/on the same day, or prior sessions.
I do have some low fee appointments for those that are unwaged, are on a very low income or a student
Monday's Day time including evening. Most Days after 4pm including some evenings Or I will do my best to accommodate you.
What to expect in your First Initial session:
Please contact me for an initial 20 minute meeting free of charge. This gives you an opportunity to talk over any concerns or problems and we can both decide together if we want to continue the counselling journey.
If we both choose to go ahead, we will discuss a series of 50 minute meetings usually each week, and we can both find a mutually agreeable time and day. The pattern of attendance can vary dependent on particular needs. This will be part of an agreed contract that I will discuss with you at our first initial appointment. Generally I work on an ‘open ended’ basis, but we work with your goals and time frame that feels right for you.
Where to find me? Parking and public transport:
My counselling room at home - Frome:
I am situated on the edge of town, (Bath side of Frome and close to the bypass.) I am within close proximity of Berkeley Road, on the 267 bus route and a 2 minute walk from Wychelm Road bus stop. Free parking spaces in my street or nearby.
I am located in easy reach of Bath, Norton St. Philip, Beckington, Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Buckland Dinham, Shepton Mallet and Radstock.
My counselling room, Frome - Ground floor and one small step entering the counselling room
If access poses a problem for you, I will do my best to accommodate to meet your needs.