About Me and some Client Feedback and Comments
I obtained my Certificate in Counselling at Exeter University in 1997 and then went on to obtain an RSA Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork Skills at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 1998 and a Feedback Communications Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at the Hospital in 1999. In 2012 I was awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision by the University of Gloucester.
I am Registered with the Counselling Directory. I am trained to work with survivors of abuse. I believe in an integrative approach when working with my clients as I am also trained in and use other approaches where appropriate, these include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), transactional analysis (TA), couples counselling, group and family therapy.
I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society MNCS (Acc) This professional body ensures a strict code of ethics and the highest standards of practice and confidentiality. I abide by their code of ethics and good practice.
I have worked as a trainer, coach and facilitator for approximately twenty years. Coaching clients have brought topics including business development needs, relationship problems, management skills, presentation skills, career choices and planning.
Since qualifying as a Counsellor I have worked in private practice and in a voluntary capacity for the Charity 'Home Start'. I was the lead counsellor with the Exeter Community Initiative helping to provide a counselling service for their childrens centres for more than three years. I am now also a Trustee of Splitz Support Service, a charity based in Wiltshire which supports vulnerable individuals and families, who have been affected by separation, divorce or domestic abuse and associated challenges. My counselling clients have come with many different issues including relationship difficulties, abuse, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.
My past years experience working in private practice and the voluntary sector has taught me the importance of approaching each client as a unique individual.
Client Feedback and Comments
"With Jan's help, I am more settled and happy in myself. I have a deeper understanding of my own behaviour and how it affects those around me, and Jan has helped me find strategies to help me reduce the negative behaviour that I have learnt growing up. Most importantly, I have begun to listen to and trust my inner voice again!"
"Coaching with Jan has enabled me to work on my time management skills and to manage my work life balance more effectively. My stress levels have improved as has my self-confidence."
"Jan really listened to me and it was clear that she cared"
"My coaching sessions have helped me to find out why I lack motivation and to decide on a change of direction. The future now looks far more inviting"
"I was stuck but whilst working with Jan I had a 'light bulb moment' when all became clear to me"
"Talking through something that happened in my past has really helped me - I was able to trust Jan completely and this enabled me to look back and face things which I had been suppressing for many years"
"I have always struggled to make decisions. Counselling with Jan has given me the courage to 'bite the bullet' and make the change."
"In the past I have found interviews very difficult. Coaching from Jan has enabled me to develop my interview skills and has also helped me to conquer my nerves and to increase my self confidence. I am just about to start my new career in the public sector."
"Since my first session with Jan I have come a long way and I am now more at peace with myself and with my family"