From my own experience, I know the value of making space for yourself and working with a counsellor during challenging times. I looked for support when work felt stressful, as well as during life-changing events. My experiences of counselling were powerful: helping me to understand myself, my experiences, and how I wanted to move forward.
A good therapeutic relationship can help you to understand the impact of your experiences, enabling healing and change at a pace that feels right for you.
I have supported many diverse clients from age 16 upwards to make sense of their experiences, thoughts and feelings. This has included:
Grief and loss
Difficult past experiences, such as abuse and neglect growing up
Meaning and purpose
My background in Psychology means that I take a keen interest in the latest research into wellbeing, mental health and counselling. Perhaps you have noticed that your mental and physical health are connected. I can work with you to explore how you can improve your mental health by looking at your life holistically and share techniques that may support you in this, if this is helpful to you.
I love what I do and I hope that this energy is something that will support and empower you to make positive changes and to find balance.
Experience and qualifications
I am a fully qualified professional counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
My qualifications are:
In-depth trauma and sexual violence training
MSc in Counselling (Distinction), University of Northampton (level 7)
Higher Education Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, University of London (level 4)
MA in Experimental Psychology, Keble College, University of Oxford (First Class Honours)
As well as offering therapy sessions through my private practice, I am an integrative therapist at an NHS Trust. I am a trainer for a national children’s mental health organisation and have worked at Mind and Rape Crisis.
This feedback is from clients that I have worked with, with their consent to include it here. Names and details have been changed to protect their confidentiality.
"I feel she has had a huge impact on my life. I got myself in the mindset of helping myself, she taught me to do things for my health too and that it was okay not to be okay. I would highly recommend Jane, she made me feel at ease and that it was okay. She pulled me from a dark place. She adapted counselling to my needs and processes and I thank you Jane for helping me and believing in me."
"My counsellor Jane is an inspiration. Sometimes talking can really help get troubles off your mind and push you to be confident and sort things out that I didn’t think I could. Amazing. Thank you."
"Jane helped me realise I needed to help myself for it to work. She listened every week. I never felt judged and always felt that she understood and this has helped me to be where I am today."
25 July 2020:Where it feels right and appropriate for clients, I am now offering in-person sessions as well as online counselling options. A number of measures are in place for in-person sessions, in relation to Covid-19. We can discuss this when you get in touch. At present, in-person sessions are taking place at Bedford Consulting Rooms.
Contact me to arrange a time for a free, short telephone conversation and to book a first session together. Our first session will last one hour and costs £45. During this session, we will explore what has brought you to counselling and what you are hoping for from your sessions, as well as more about you, your life and experiences.
There is no commitment at this stage: our first meeting is a chance for you to decide whether you would like to work with me. Counselling is confidential and non-judgemental: you can share whatever you need to. It is a safe space where you can explore what feels important. We will talk more about confidentiality in your first session.
What happens then?
After our first meeting, sessions will be weekly and will last for 50 minutes. It is important that you are able to commit to weekly sessions when we first begin working together. This will help you to develop a sense of trust and safety in our therapeutic relationship and support you to explore what is important to you in our sessions.
When we meet, we can explore how many sessions feels appropriate for you. Short-term work (eight to twelve sessions) is useful for exploring a specific situation or issue and identifying actions and ways forward. If you would like to explore a deeper issue or past experience that is affecting you now, then longer-term work may be more appropriate. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how many sessions you think you will need: we can talk about this together and work out the best way forward.
Terms and fees
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £45 per session. Your first session will last for one hour, exploring what has brought you to counselling and what you are hoping for. Sessions are then usually on a weekly basis.
If you are unable to attend a session, please let me know as soon as possible. If less than 48 hours’ notice is given, the full session fee (£45) will still be charged unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Payments can be made via bank transfer prior to the session. I also accept card payments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment?
You can give me a call or send me an email. We will find a suitable time for a short, free phone conversation to briefly discuss what is bringing you to seek counselling and what you are hoping for. If you would like to go ahead, we will then arrange a convenient time for your first session.
How much do sessions cost and how can I pay?
Sessions cost £45 for 50 minutes. Your first session is an hour and also costs £45. You can pay prior to the session by bank transfer or I accept card payments.
How often will we meet?
When we start working together, I ask that clients are able to commit to attending sessions on a weekly basis as far as possible. Counselling is most effective when clients attend regularly. This enables us to develop a relationship in which I hope that you will feel safe and supported.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions that people may need will vary and it depends on the issues that have led you to seek counselling. We can discuss this at your first session.
Directions and parking
I am based in MK40, close to Bedford Park for daytime appointments. Evening sessions are take place in a therapy space in the town centre. I will provide full details when we arrange our first session.