Counselling in Shoreditch, London & Borehamwood | JS Psychotherapy
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Welcome

Hello and welcome to my website.

My name is Jacqueline and I am a UKCP & BACP registered psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience.

In my practice, I see adults of all ages who:

  • feel stuck in repetitive patterns
  • struggle with depression or anxiety
  • have difficulties with significant relationships
  • are questioning their sexuality
  • are considering leaving a religious or faith based group 
  • are adapting to a life-cycle change like leaving home, marriage, children, illness or moving countries

If you don’t see your concern listed, feel free to ask me if its something I can help you with.

Hello and welcome to my website.

My name is Jacqueline and I am a UKCP & BACP registered psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience.

In my practice, I see adults of all ages who:

  • feel stuck in repetitive patterns
  • struggle with depression or anxiety
  • have difficulties with significant relationships
  • are questioning their sexuality
  • are considering leaving a religious or faith based group
  • are grieving a significant loss
  • have experienced a trauma or traumatic events
  • are adapting to a lifecycle change like leaving home, marriage, children, or illness
  • have identity or self-definition questions
  • are adapting to moving countries

If you don’t see your concern listed, feel free to ask me if its something I can help you with.

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My style of working is informed by Attachment Theory, and by a range of techniques that include CBT & Hypnotherapy. This means that we will work to understand both how you came to feel as you do (depth therapy) as well as actively work to change behavioural patterns that are self sabotaging or unhelpful (solution focussed).  I also offer sessions online which are a convenient alternative to meeting in person. Click here to learn more about online therapy.

If you live or work in or around the City of London, my office is easy to reach, with lots of public transportation options just minutes away.

My Borehamwood practice is just a short walk from the Elstree and Borehamwood Thameslink station, and there is also some street parking available close by.

Do feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.

My Training Experience

Having trained intensively for 4 years as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre, I strive to continuously develop my expertise with on-going professional development in areas like hypnotherapy and techniques for managing PTSD and trauma symptoms.

I’ve also:

  • completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology (BA)
  • completed a 1 year Associate’s Training at The Arbors Therapeutic Community
  • completed a certificate in Hypnotherapy (Eriksonian)
  • am a full member of the BACP (MBACP)
  • am a registered member of the UKCP

As part of my commitment to my on-going professional development, I present my clinical work to 2 supervisors, who like myself, adhere to the UKCP’s code of ethics, including the highest levels of confidentiality.

Getting Started

If this is your first experience of psychotherapy or counselling, you might find the idea of talking about yourself a little daunting.

That’s why I invite you to schedule an initial consultation session where you can try it out and see how it feels.

Once we agree on a date and time, we will use that session as an opportunity to get to know one another. You can decide what you choose to talk about and can pace yourself at a level that feels most comfortable to you.

You can also ask me any professional questions about myself and how I work, and about psychotherapy if you should have any.

Fees

The fee for the initial consultation, as well as for any ongoing therapy sessions, is £80. Please note that the initial consultation fee is payable in advance.

If you have any other questions, click here to ask me.

To learn more about the logistics of psychotherapy, click here

How I Can Help

Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy is for anyone who feels there is something troubling or distressing them. It helps in dealing with a wide variety of issues and difficulties. The people I see experience a wide range of concerns that have led them to seek therapy, which may include:

  • ​lacking confidence, self-esteem or having feelings of underachievement
  • an inability to make or keep good relationships
  • coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or redundancy
  • depression, anxiety or feeling sad or empty
  • difficulties relating to sexuality or gender identity
  • crises in religious or faith based affiliations
  • adjusting to London

FAQs

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely.

What happens during psychotherapy?

Every session is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore, in a structured way, your feelings and experiences. Depending on their training and modality, your therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration – for example, using art, imaging, dream or movement work.

How long will psychotherapy last?

Therapy can last from a few months to several years. It depends on you mostly. I do believe that we will know when you have reached the goals we have worked towards and feel secure enough to finish therapy. My job is to help you reach that stage and end our work together in a considered way.

Do you need to be mentally ill to be in therapy?

No. And neither does it mean that you’re mad, stupid or weak. It means you’re taking control of your life by seeking help for yourself.

Is it confidential?

Yes. What you say in a therapy session remains private between us, except that I may discuss it in supervision (in accordance with the ethical guidelines of the UKCP and BACP). Otherwise, only in rare circumstances, where you might be at risk of hurting yourself or another person, might I have to break confidentiality.

Do I have to lie on a couch?

No, although at times, lying down can be very helpful. So where using the couch may be valuable, I might encourage you to think about doing so. At no point would you ever have to.

Will I get addicted to therapy?

In all relationships or periods of personal change,  there may be times when you feel dependent or vulnerable. It is part of the therapist’s responsibility to respect and attend to that, and to support you in becoming more self-sufficient.

The ultimate aim of therapy is for you to no longer need therapy, but to have made changes so that you can get on with your life and be more confident and at ease with the world.

Can I finish psychotherapy whenever I want?

Yes, you can certainly finish therapy anytime you want. In an ongoing therapeutic relationship,  I ask for four sessions’ notice as it allows you to round off deep work and to gently ease off.

Do you offer any low-cost sessions?

I do have a limited number of concessionary rate appointment slots at a reduced fee. These are reserved for situations of genuine hardship. There is usually a waiting list, but please feel free to ask for further details.

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