Hello, and a very warm welcome to my website.
My name is Janine and I am a fully qualified and insured person-centred counsellor providing both short and long-term therapy to adults. This can be face to face from a counselling room in the heart of Rayleigh High Street, Essex, or online using Zoom. This means I can support you wherever you are in the UK.
People come to therapy for all kinds of reasons - not simply when they are at crisis point - as is the common misconception. Sometimes we just need time and space to talk to someone impartial and in complete confidence about our issues. Often we just need a little help making sense of our lives, past or present. Some people worry that their issue isn't 'bad enough' to warrant counselling, but if it's important to you, then it's important to me.
Whether you are suffering with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, past traumas, loss, bereavement or something else entirely, I am passionate about supporting you through the tough times, and helping you to live a happier, more fulfilled life.
In fact, I believe this is my calling in life and I've been on my own journey of self-discovery which has landed me right here, doing work that I love, supporting others so they can discover more about who they are, enabling them to feel listened to, understood and accepted.
I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a Registered Member of the BACP, (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and abide by their code of ethics.
My specialist areas include working with low self-esteem, anxiety, loss of purpose/identity, divorce/separation and life transitions.
As a vegan, a branch of my counselling services is working with other vegans (new, established or those transitioning) who may be struggling with their mental health. (Please see my About Me section for more info on Veganism).
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I can help you.
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
My approach to therapy is person-centred. This is a non-judgmental way of working, where I create the right conditions to help you increase your self-awareness; to move towards - and reach - your fullest potential. I believe my clients know best what they want from their therapy and so I work in a pluralistic way which means we collaborate together to ensure your therapy is as unique as you are.
I draw on other counselling theories, techniques and practices as appropriate and work with you as you explore life's big questions or come to terms with a difficult reality.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. I pride myself in being warm, friendly and relatable and I believe that the therapeutic relationship we create together is of the utmost importance. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence; whether this is face-to-face, or over Zoom.
Whether its problems within a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings, depression or something else - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them. The sessions belong to you and so you are free to discuss any topic that's important to you, without judgement.
As a counsellor, I won't tell you what to do. Instead, by working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward. I believe in empowering people to make their own decisions so that they can live the rich, fulfilling lives they want.
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