My own therapy journey
For you to trust me with your difficulties, you may want to know a little about me.
My name is Jenny and my counselling story started in adolescence. This is me as a teenager with big hair (it was the 80s).
A wide smile and yet, I was crying inside.
I experienced two devastating bereavements as an adolescent. These traumatic losses put me on a treacherous life path, not knowing which way to turn.
I found unhealthy ways of coping and was plunged into the depths of anxiety and depression.
Fortunately, I attended young persons counselling in Leamington Spa during my early twenties. Genuinely, I believe this therapist helped me to survive.
She gave me a slight glimmer of hope that I could be OK. Her blanket of empathy was so welcome after living in my unsafe world.
Seeing her set me on a journey towards becoming a counsellor.
Returned to counselling
In my mid thirties, work-placed stress caused my anxiety and low mood to return. I had more therapy where, again, I was lucky enough to connect to the therapist. He was patient and he accepted me in my darkest moments.
I felt fully cared for and understood. At the end of our time together, I talked about possibly becoming a counsellor and he encouraged me.
It was life-changing.
Helping others after I was helped
I now run a local counselling practice in Snitterfield, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Leamington Spa. My loss and trauma have turned into a story for good.
I am passionate about my work as I know from personal experience what it is like to be vulnerable.
Life can change for the better when you are heard. Your experiences need to be validated by another human being, in the same way mine were.
I understand first-hand how difficult it can be to take that initial step to contact a therapist.
I hope I can make it easier for you.
Since qualifying as a counsellor, my organisational work experience has included loss and grief, addiction, mental health issues and working with survivors of sexual violence, amongst others.
For over two years, I volunteered as a Bereavement Counsellor at the Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Counselling was provided for clients and their family facing a life-limiting disease or terminal diagnosis, along with bereaved family members.
In the past, I experienced my counselling placement within a Birmingham therapy agency seeing clients with a wide range of issues and from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Furthermore, I worked on a local charity helpline providing emotional support for male and female survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
Additionally, I have worked at a private addiction and mental health residential rehabilitation unit as a one to one and group psychotherapist.
Alongside my private practice, I have been employed as a Lecturer in Counselling at Evesham College.
Some of my areas of specialism include:
I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. So, I abide by their ethical standards from the BACP Ethical Framework.
Furthermore, I have a monthly supervision meeting, with a qualified supervisor. This is to ensure I practice safely, keeping my clients’ well-being as my priority.
In these sessions, I present my caseload anonymously. I discuss the personal impact of the work. This is to ensure the ongoing safety of both you and me.
After my own positive experience of therapy, I started my training to be a counsellor in 2012. This involved in-depth personal development alongside further therapy.
I enjoyed my course immensely and I knew I had found my calling.
- BA (Hons) Degree in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy – University of Warwick (BACP Accredited Course)
- Foundation Degree Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy – University of Warwick (BACP Accredited Course)
- OCN Level 3 Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills – Warwickshire College
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Psychotherapy
I develop my practice by keeping up to date with the latest psychological research.
This includes attending regular CPD events such as those highlighted below.
- The Addictions Therapist’s Tool Kit
- Becoming Independent – Counselling MindEd
- Developing Relationships – Counselling MindEd
- Personal Aspects of Attachment Theory – Sir Richard Bowlby
- Attachment Issues in Grief Therapy – Dr Phyliss Kosminsky and Dr John R Jordan
- When did Grief get so complicated? – Dr Susan Delaney
- Grieving in a Different Gear (Sibling Loss – Elderly Parental Loss – Adult Child Loss) – Dodie Graves
- When a Child Dies – Gillian James
- Patients and their Carers – Gillian James
- Recent Developments in the Psychology of Bereavement – Julian Bond
Group Therapy CPD
- Encounter Groups: A Place to Experience the Magic
- Facilitating Groups: Questions & Reflections
- Exploring the Culture of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Creating Change
Safeguarding and Child Protection CPD
- Child Protection Awareness
- Adults and Children Safeguarding Induction eLearning
- Care Certificate 11 Safeguarding Children eLearning
- Identifying Indicators of Child Sexual Exploitation Indicators
- Safeguarding Children and Young People Universal eLearning
- Early Years Safeguarding
- Counselling for Social Justice
Trauma and Abuse CPD
- Trauma Matters with Gabor Maté
- The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space – Christiane Sanderson
- Trauma-related Complex Dissociation – First Person Plural
- Domestic Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Dr Roxanne Agnew-Davies
- Working with the Ego States – Geoff Hopping
If you have any questions about me or my practice, feel free to call.
We’ll be able to discuss how my therapeutic approach can help you.
It would be great to hear from you.
I welcome diversity including all body size, age, disability, race, sexuality & gender (lgbtqia+), class, religion and political values.
Locations for my practice include Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon or Leamington Spa. For more information such as session fees, visit the FAQs page.
Furthermore, feedback from a few of my previous clients is available on the Testimonials page.