My name is Jaquetta, I am here to listen and support you through whatever it is that has brought you here.
At the core of my practice are the philosophical approaches to counselling of Person-Centred therapy, Existentialism and Gestalt. This means that I have an integrated approach to best match your individual needs, one that does not preach or direct, respecting you for your unique way of Being. I believe that everyone has an innate ability, to find their way through most of life's ups and downs, yet sometimes we get rocked or set off balance by significant life events, lose direction, confidence and self esteem or simply feel lost, depressed and overwhelmed, wondering just how we have landed ourselves here! The pandemic especially has affected us in so many ways leaving us wondering if life will ever be the same again and if not, how will we cope. I see my job as offering different perspectives, to help you find the clearer, calmer waters to a greater understanding and acceptance of yourself, your innermost thoughts and feelings, so you can then make some changes to resolve your difficulties and find a new way forward in your life. Now that does not necessarily mean big changes, such as separation, divorce or job change, but simply a shift in awareness and attitude that sets you fair for a more positive and happier experience of life.
My specialties include such issues as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Bereavement and loss
- Affects in adulthood of childhood trauma or abuse
- Low self esteem
- relationship issues either at home or at work
Often called talking therapy, it could just as easily be called listening therapy. As we talk together counselling gives you the time and head-space to give a voice to your innermost thoughts and feelings to explore areas of your life that are causing you difficulties, confusion or emotional pain. You can express yourself in confidence, without fear of being adversely criticised or judged, and where you can share your concerns without feeling you are burdening friends and/or family.
To quote Marcel Proust:The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.
Marcel Proust. Remembrance of Things Past (or In Search of Lost Time). Volume 5, The Prisoner.
In this passage Proust was referring to artistic expression through music and painting, yet I believe it could also apply to the work we do in therapy, looking with “other eyes” at our experience of life our world view and relationship with it.
I have a science degree in Reflective Therapeutic Practice from Middlesex University and am a registered accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with 12+ years’ experience in practice.
As a member of BACP, I abide by their Ethical Framework and Guidelines for Good Practice, accessible to view at https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/