Shari A. Jessie
Do you feel stuck in the past or in visions or longing for an unknown future, struggling to be present in the here and now?
Do you feel a sense of disconnection from yourself, like there’s a person who you’re ‘supposed to be’ or want to be and that’s different from who you experience yourself to be?
No matter what brings you to the process of looking for a therapist, welcome!
I am an American born and US/UK trained person-centred therapist. As a person-centred therapist, I provide a confidential, empathetic and non-judgmental, but also honest and real space for you to explore what’s going on for you. You take the lead in the work that we do together, and I will adapt my practice to meet your individual needs. Counselling shouldn’t be a copy and paste experience, and you feeling seen and heard in the therapeutic relationship we share is my top priority.
My hope is that our time together will facilitate the development of your self-awareness and sense of self so you can choose your way forward with greater self-insight.
I celebrate difference and have held space for clients from all backgrounds and expressions. I recognise the impact of relational and systemic oppression and aim to provide an environment where you can feel safe to discuss any issue.
I have particular knowledge and experience working with people dealing with life transitions, fertility issues and cultural and identity issues, amongst other things.
I infuse my practice with a variety of creative techniques, such as Sandtray Therapy, that can lead to a deep exploration and awareness of your world.
Being a part of jour journey to feeling and living the way you want would be my absolute privilege. Let’s work together to figure out what’s getting in the way of that.
Training, qualifications & experience
In university I studied Psychology, English, and Drama. I attended postgraduate programs during which I studied Psychology, Social Work, Adolescent Development, Drama Therapy, and Person-Centred Counselling.
I spent 10 years working in secondary schools in London, providing support, psychotherapeutic intervention, advocacy, assessment, and monitoring to some of the most disenfranchised and underserved young people in the city.
I have worked for the NHS and a low-cost counselling service in South London as a psychotherapist.
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
From £65.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a no cost, no commitment 15-minute online or phone consultation for you to ask any questions you may have and decide if I’m the right fit for you.
Fees range from £65 to £75 dependent on whether sessions are held remotely or in person.
There is a sliding scale and concessions may be made for unemployed, low-income (proof of benefits) or student clients (limited slots available). I'm happy to discuss your circumstances to see if I can accommodate you.
I am available between the hours of 10-7 Monday through Thursday and 10-4 on Fridays.
However, I will consider sessions outside of those hours.
I work remotely with anyone in the UK or Europe (on-line and telephone), but can hold face-to-face sessions in Chichester and its surrounding areas, as well.
I look forward to hearing from you.