“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl Rogers
My experience of enabling and supporting people through growth or recovery has been acquired by working for many years within the NHS, voluntary sector and privately. I have extensive experience working with individuals and families within palliative care and those undergoing or recovering from oncology treatment. I also have experience of working therapeutically with children and adolescents in primary and secondary school settings utilising creative and play therapies. I welcome referrals from all ages from children through to senior citizens.
My core training was as a humanistic counsellor although I have also trained and qualified as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and latterly completed EMDR training. I prefer to use what is described as an integrative approach (combining various concepts in thinking and approaches in therapy) and by using my assessment skills and experience I provide therapy which is evidence-based. I appreciate that each person is an individual and I understand that it is important to be flexible and tailor therapy to meet a person’s unique needs. I began my counselling skills training in 1998 and progressively moved into higher education graduating from both Keele and Staffordshire Universities. Higher qualifications that I have gained include;
I have been a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2009. In 2012 I gained full accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Since 2013 I have been a member of EMDR Association of the UK & Ireland and in 2015 I also became a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. (ACAMH).
Additional further professional training;
• Feeling State Addiction Protocol – 2018
• EMDR with children and Young People Training Parts 1 & 2 ~ 2014/15
• EMDR Institute training – Level 1-3 ~ 2014
• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training ~ 2011/12
• Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ~ 2011
• Master of Science (MSc.) in Counselling Psychology ~ 2007
• Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision ~ 2006
• Graduate Diploma in Counselling ~ 2005
• Certificate in Counselling ~ 2003
As an accredited practitioner I am committed to further developing my skills and abilities by attending and participating in professional development training courses and events throughout the year.
Outside of work, I enjoy long countryside walks with my family and dog, swimming, reading, writing and listening to music….not all at the same time!
Feedback & Testimonials
“You provided the neutral space for us to listen to each other without shouting. It is still tough sometimes but we are remembering to listen.“
“We cannot thank you enough for the care that you have given ******* He came to you a very poorly man and you have taught him how to cope with his depression. He is again the supportive, attentive, happy, dependable man that we thought we’d lost.”
“My friends at school have told me that they are not scared of me anymore and they think I’ve changed for the better.”
“After feeling really nervous initially, I began to look forward to coming to your office. I know that I need to stand up and face the world on my own again and I’m now ready to move forward.”
“I have seen a few therapists over the years, none have been so ‘real’ as you…keep up the good work Jamie.”
“I can’t believe that my life is no longer controlled by the anxiety that invaded me some years ago. Your belief in me and your support and guidance has enabled me to find my way through…thanks for everything!”
“Having been through counselling previously, I was sceptical to try again, the work that Jamie has done with me has genuinely made me a more stable & understanding person and allowed me to move forwards in life, happier with the belief to succeed.”
“Since coming to see you I have changed my diet, stopped drinking, smoking, taking drugs, can run 10k, have fallen in love with my football club again, repaired the relationship with my father and now appreciate that people actually love my personality, not the way I look.”