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About me

I offer you a safe, confidential space to be heard and understood in your search for meaning and value in your life. Empathy and encouragement in understanding yourself and others, in finding strengths and answers within yourself. It is important to me that whoever I work with feels accepted unconditionally and not judged. I have a naturally warm and compassionate nature. You can talk with me about anything that is worrying you. I try to help and support people in the most appropriate way for their circumstances.

I have the experience, training and qualifications to give you confidence in the counselling I offer. I have gained counselling diplomas in Person Centred Counselling and Couples Counselling and undertaken many further courses to expand my field of knowledge and keep up to date with current ideas and findings. To me personal experience is essential alongside professional training. My experience of over 20 years working and training in mental health, teaching and counselling, my own life experiences, work in self development and well being, has enabled me to form my own unique approach to helping people.

At present I am working for Relate as a couples counsellor and developing my private practice offering individual counselling to adults, young people and to couples, counselling via Skype, telephone, and on line. I also offer group facilitation and talks.

Training, qualifications & experience

Trained with Relate and gained a Diploma in Couples Counselling in 2014
2006 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Academy of Spiritual Attitudes and Awareness run by Nicola Richter

Five Ways to Well Being  June 2016
Neuroscience and Relational Trauma Jan 2016
Solution focused Therapy Feb 2016
Existential Freedom, How to be Real and Find Meaning 2015
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 2015
Active Techniques in Counselling 2014
Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 2014
Early Intervention With Children Which Makes a Real Difference 2012
an Introduction to Attachment Theory and Its Application 2011
Self Harm 2008
Loss and Bereavement 2007
Understanding Eating Disorders 2007
Understanding Anger 2007
Motivational Interviewing 2007
What works in Youth Work - Raising Young People's Expectations and Achievements 2006
Counselling Young People Using Creative Methods 2006
Understanding and Working with Self Harm 2006
Group Skills Foundation Level 2005
Dual Diagnosis Drug and Alcohol Awareness 2005
An Introduction to Working Non-Adversively with Asperger's Syndrome 2003
Skills for Running Groups 2003
Working with Loss and Bereavement 2001
An Introduction to Working Non-Adversively with Asperger's Syndrome 2003
Bereavement Counselling 200
Telephone Support for Carers 2002
Waldorf (Steiner) Remedial Teacher Training 1993
Counselling Skills level 1 1993

I am a registered member of the BACP and currently a Couples Counsellor with Relate. Previously I worked full time for MIND as a Senior Project Worker running Education and Leisure Groups and Drop Ins for people with enduring mental health problems. I later became a Sessional Worker with MIND facilitating groups for Carers of people with mental Health problems and women experiencing mental health difficulties themselves. I also worked part time at a Youth Counselling Agency, counselling at the centre and in schools. During that time I delivered workshops on understanding mental health problems, mental and emotional well being and healthy relationships. I had a private practice in Hemel Hempstead. Previously I counselled at a women's counselling agency in Hillingdon and at Druglink, a drug and alcohol abuse centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Prior to this I have worked in a men's prison as a teacher of dyslexic prisoners, a Dysphasia support organiser with the Stroke Association, a teacher in a Rudolph Steiner School teaching young people who were dyslexic. I set up and ran a self help group for parents of these young people. I ran a day centre for people suffering from dementia and facilitated a self help group for the carers.

All in all I have been either counselling or helping people who have mental health issues or other difficulties in their lives for more than 20 years. 
I am also qualified in Reiki healing and teaching and have again been working in this for 20 years.

2002 Waldorf (Rudolph Steiner) Special Needs Teaching Certificate
Reiki ! 2 and Master's certificates.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Abortion, Affairs and betrayals, Building inner strength, Burn out, Choices based on deeper understanding of oneself and others rather than conditioned reactions, Confidence, Communication skills, Couple conflicts, Identifying values, meaning and purpose, Parental issues, Self esteem issues, Self harm, Separation and Divorce, Transitions -(eg motherhood, child leaving home, death and dying, retirement) Trauma, Value conflicts


Additional information

My standard fee is £40 per session of 1 hour (50 minutes for counselling and 10 minutes for writing notes) I am always willing to consider a lower fee according to clients financial circumstances.

Further information

I offer long term face to face work, short term face to face work, Telephone counselling, Skype sessions and Home visits. I can see clients during the day or in the evening.


Type of session

In person
S E Jane Wainwright

S E Jane Wainwright