Tamara Jennings, Dip. Integrative Counselling, MBACP Registered
07484 143 067
HOW COUNSELLING CAN HELP
My own personal experiences led me to a firmly held belief that humans need empathy, warmth and non-judgemental acceptance in order to grow, develop courage to be true to themselves and thrive. In a world where people are continuously judged and expected to ‘fit’ into many different roles, sadly, such unconditional acceptance is hard to find...
My aim is to create a ‘safe place’ which will allow you to freely express your feelings, emotions, thoughts and fantasies and to reflect on and explore your ‘world’. I believe strongly that we are the ‘experts’ on ourselves and are capable of finding answers to dilemmas/problems we encounter in life. Thus, a client’s autonomy and ‘agenda’ is paramount to the process of counselling. I will not tell you what you should do or give you advice. My utmost priority is to gently encourage your curiosity to learn more about yourself, others and your relationships. I will support you in your quest for greater understanding of the ‘self’ and finding solutions to difficult, painful feelings and events you may be experiencing. My ultimate aim is to help you become empowered to make desired changes and move towards a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
ABOUT MY PRACTICE
I am a registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and offer both, short and long term counselling to individual clients.
Following an initial phone or email contact, I will invite you to an initial FREE FACE TO FACE SESSION lasting up to 1 hour. This will enable you to ask questions, for you to experience what counselling and working with me may be like and is an opportunity for both of us to decide if we want to proceed further. Should you decide to go ahead with counselling, we can find a mutually convenient time for subsequent sessions. Most clients prefer a regular weekly slot, however, it can be more flexible, if required. Subsequent sessions will be charged at £35 and will last 50 minutes.
As an Integrative person-centred counsellor, I will draw on different theories and techniques to facilitate the process of exploration and change. The choice of approaches I use in our work together will be tailor-made and informed by your specific needs and goals you wish to attain. Some of the different approaches I may use include Psychodynamic theory, which will help you reflect on your childhood experiences and how they may have shaped your sense of the self and how you relate to others; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which will encourage you to identify and challenge negative thoughts and self-defeating patterns of thinking and help you develop more effective ways of dealing with challenges in your life. I draw heavily on the principles of the Person-centred approach which enables me to listen and empathise with you in a respectful and non-judgemental way, thus allowing you to identify and freely express your genuine feelings and thoughts.
Numerous research studies show that the most influential factor in the success of the counselling process is the relationship between a client and their therapist. An open, warm and empathic relationship, based on mutual respect and trust, has the powerful potential to bring about long-lasting positive changes. Establishing and nurturing such a deep, meaningful relationship between us will be my utmost aim at all times.
As a BACP registered counsellor, I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, have a regular supervision and undertake continuing professional development in order to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of my professional practice.
I am also a member of Suffolk Association for Counselling.
Please get in touch if you feel that the way I work can support you on your journey of self-discovery, finding answers to your dilemmas and taking steps towards achieving your aims and fulfilling your potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
MY TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Alongside my core training as an Integrative counsellor, I have undertaken various training courses, some of which are listed below:
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, CPTA
- Awareness in Bereavement Care (ABC), Cruse Bereavement Care
- Working with Children and Young People, Cruse Bereavement Care
- Introduction to Counselling (equivalent to CPCAB Level 3), Open University
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, CPTA
- CBT: Key Knowledge and Skills, The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT)
- Diploma in Psychology, Open University
- 'Getting To Grips with Gestalt' and Practical Skills in Gestalt' CPCAB endorsed Training
- 'The Human Toolbox' Overview delivered by MTCIC
- ’Brief Focussed Therapy Overview, Attachment and Trauma Congress Discussion’ CPD Training, delivered by MTCIC
- ’Working with Uncertainty - an Existential Perspective’ with Ernesto Spinelli organised by Matrix College
MY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Over the years, I have volunteered with a variety of organisations and charities in a helping capacity. These include working with a national bereavement organisation, Cruse Bereavement Care counselling and supporting the bereaved clients and MTCIC Acorn Counselling Service, working with a diverse range of clients and issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress and relationship difficulties, just to name a few. I also have an experience of working with the mental health charity Mind as a mentor supporting clients with mental health difficulties. For several years, I volunteered with National Autistic Society (NAS) providing telephone support for the parents/carers of children/adults with autism. These experiences enriched my life, enabled me to grow as a person and helped me discover how rewarding I find helping others.
MY PRACTICE VENUE
I practice from a newly refurbished comfortable 1st floor counselling room in IP3 located on Foxhall Road in Ipswich. There is a limited number of FREE car parking spaces directly outside. There are also several adjacent roads in the immediate vicinity which offer FREE unrestricted parking and are 1-2 minutes walk from the counselling room. Alternatively, the area is well served by the public transport network.
In my spare time I love walking, listening to various genres of music, such as pop and classical music, designing clothes and jewellery, discovering new places and cultures, doing Sudoku puzzles and reading (the latter can also help me with falling asleep late at night!).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
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FREE NO OBLIGATION FIRST SESSION
My subsequent fees are £35 for a 50 minute session payable by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Alternatively, a payment can be made by bank transfer ahead of the session.
Concessions available for students and those on low income.
HOW TO CONTACT ME
EMAIL: email@example.com or click on 'EMAIL ME' button at the top of this profile
PHONE: 07484 143 067. If I am unable to answer your call, please leave a voice message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I aim to respond to both, phone and email enquiries within 1 day of receiving them.
TEXT: 07484 143 067. You are welcome to send me a text message and I will endeavour to respond within 1 day of receiving it.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My regular working hours are from 9 am to 8 pm Monday to Saturday. I am also able to offer Sunday appointments depending on my availability.
Types of client
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