Jens – BSc, MSc, MSc (in progress)

As a humanistic counsellor, I believe that you are the expert on yourself and that my role is to walk alongside you while you find the direction that is right for you. I believe that counselling sessions can be a safe space for you to examine your thoughts, feelings and experiences and uncover your unique individual way of being in the world. There is no set pattern to a counselling session – some clients like to talk or explore feelings, sometimes people prefer to be still and quiet, and some choose to express themselves using creative methods such as art, writing and poetry, music, movement or through using diagrams and charts.   Our counselling sessions are for you, and it’s up to you how you want to use them!

Qualifications and experience

I’ve been training as a counsellor since 2011 and have now qualified.  Whilst I am qualified, I am continuing on to the final stages of an MSc in Counselling Psychology. I studied sociology of sexuality and gender as part of my undergraduate degree and then researched children’s books with LGBT characters as part of my first Master’s degree. I worked in libraries for over ten years where I have been involved in programmes to bring LGBT collections into libraries, on LGBT History Month events and on events for the ‘Educate and Celebrate’ schools programme. I have been active as a Trade Union representative and involved with LGBT workplace networks.   I have many years’ experience of working with charities who support people affected by rape, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, and well as volunteering on conservation and environmental projects.

Some of my special interests in therapy are around spirituality and belief, creativity and playfulness, ecotherapy (working in and with nature) and bibliotherapy (using books and reading). I have experience of supporting people while they explored a range of concerns and issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Body image and body dysmorphia
  • Cultural identity and power imbalance
  • Depression
  • Disability (visible and invisible)
  • Dissociation and alternate identities
  • Eating disorders
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Overwhelming feelings
  • Personal growth and self-improvement
  • Religious belief and Spirituality (including non-organised individual practices)
  • Self-esteem and self-image
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Sexual violence and physical violence
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Stress and anxiety caused by studying and exams
  • Trauma
  • Workplace issues, including bullying and stress

Training Courses and Continuing Professional Development

  • Delivering therapy online
  • Working with clients who have learning disabilities
  • Working with clients experiencing eating distress or eating disorders
  • Introduction to Compassion Focussed Therapy
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Nature as co-therapist – a systematic introduction to Nature Guided Therapy
  • ‘Read to Lead’ shared reading facilitator – using reading for health and well-being
  • Working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape
  • LGBT+ inclusion (PACE)

I also work in private practice doing ecotherapy work and my private practice page can be found here.