Dr M. Jackie Sewell - Counselling Psychologist
I am Dr Jackie Sewell a BPS and HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist. I am an expert in supporting clients who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or discrimination.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of life? Is the stress of work or personal stress causing you to feel anxious or depressed? Then I can provide psychotherapy to support you during this challenging period of your life. As a specialist in work related and personal stress, I understand how conflict with work colleagues, increased work load, lack of support and loss of meaning and purpose can strain one’s mental health. The stress you are experiencing at work may have been triggered or compounded by personal issues such as bereavement, relationship problems, unresolved past issues or a general sense of emptiness. This can be overwhelming as can be an experience whereby your nationality, culture, or ethnicity is not regarded with equal value and leaves you with feelings of isolation, rejection and a sense of not belonging. All these experiences can make life seem unbearable. However, you don't have to suffer alone. It is possible, with therapy, to heal your psychological distress and find your agency to explore the choices you have to create a more meaningful and purposeful life.
What to expect from psychotherapy?
Making the decision to enter psychotherapy can be a very difficult one and can trigger strong emotions such as fear and anxiety. This is normal. However, as a professionally trained and experienced counselling psychologist, I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to explore your difficulties and your choices. I will listen to you without judgement as we work together to achieve your goals in life. My therapeutic approach is drawn primarily from third wave CBT (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT), psychodynamic and existential models. However, the important thing is that I am interested in you and how you experience your life and as such, my therapeutic approach will be tailored to your specific needs. I offer both short and long term therapy to individuals and couples
My way of working
If you want to start the therapeutic journey of healing and change with me, then please message me or call to set up an initial session. During this initial session, we will explore the main issues and how they impact on your daily life such as your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I feel it is also important to a get a sense of your wider world including your cultural background, values, family and other key relationships. Also, we can talk about what you want to achieve from therapy. If you feel happy to continue your journey with me, then we can arrange to meet for further sessions on a weekly basis at an agreed time.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCPsych)
- Postgraduate (conversion) Diploma in Psychology
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling
- Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
As a HCPC registered counselling psychologist and a registered member of the BPS, you can be assured that I have been trained to the highest standard as a practitioner psychologist. I am regulated by the HCPC and adhere to their ethical standards.
In addition to my private practice, I have substantial experience working as a staff counsellor in the NHS. I provided therapy to front line clinical and non clinical NHS staff at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and I continue to provide psychological support to these staff as they navigate an uncertain future.
Prior to working as a Counselling Psychologist, I had successful careers as a management consultant and university lecturer. My first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Social Administration and Politics followed by an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Online/Telephone Therapy: Individuals: £90 per session (50 minutes)
Online/Telephone Therapy: Couples: £110 per session (50 minutes)
Online Coaching: £110 per session (50 minutes)
Concessions offered for
- Associate lecturer – New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, July 2020 to present
- Doctoral research supervisor - New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, July 2020 to present
- 'Identity and belonging: The experience of the Windrush Generation and their children’: Article published in Self and Society journal, Spring, 2018
Public presentations and workshops
- ‘The Windrush Legacy: 'Celebrating Black History Month at the Financial Conduct Authority’: Keynote speaker, Oct 2018
- ‘Promoting psychological wellbeing and developing emotional skills in the workplace’: Webcast for the Securities Institute Operations Forum of CISI, Jan 2020
- 'Anti-black racism: A black existential philosophical perspective.' Presenter and facilitator, online at the Existential Academy, Jul 2020