Counselling & Psychotherapy
You may be considering counselling and psychotherapy because you are experiencing difficulties in your life related to your past or present, are feeling stuck, seeking new direction and change or wish to develop greater awareness of yourself and more vitality in life.
I offer a warm and confidential space to listen and support you to explore, reflect and understand your feelings and experiences. The space we create together can support the exploration of a range of emotions and experiences that can be challenging but equally involve humour and laughter and lead to insight, understanding, growth and change. A primary question and enquiry throughout my life and therapeutic work is 'What is getting in the way of love, relationship and community?'
Contact me to explore the possibility of working together on your journey. Learn more about me, my professional experience, how I work and frequently asked questions below. For support in times of immediate crisis, helpful links, articles, self-help tools, local and national organisations and communities see Support Resources.
Hi, welcome to my website! My name is Jamie. I am a qualified therapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I am a member of the Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy creative team where collectively we are engaged in holding, developing and applying collective action in supporting difference, diversity and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy.
I have worked with adults and young people within both educational and therapeutic settings for over twenty years. I offer in-person one-to-one short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy from my home practice in Hanover in Brighton and at Aashna Counselling & Psychotherapy in North Finchley, North London. I work mindfully of cultural diversity, beliefs, values and intersectionality. I am experienced working with:
childhood and intergenerational trauma
neurodiversity (neurodivergent affirmative) and learning differences
visible and non-visible disability, long-term health conditions and illness
intersectionality, race and cultural diversity
LGBTQIA+ affirmative, sexuality, gender, and sexual relationship diversity
education and workplace stress and difficulties
self-esteem and confidence
anger, depression, anxiety and panic
body issues and obsessive-compulsive behaviours
relationship and family difficulties
loss and bereavement
From the start of my career, I have worked in roles that have focused on enabling growth, change, and empowerment for individuals and communities. After completing my degree in applied theatre (educational, community and therapeutic contexts) I worked for a community education project supporting young people experiencing social and emotional challenges to reach their potential.
Subsequently, I worked in higher education both as a lecturer and disability practitioner developing a specialism in working with disabled young people and adults, long-term health conditions, neurodivergence and learning differences, mental health and wellbeing challenges. These roles led me to develop invaluable skills and understanding of the power of authentic and enabling relationships and to complete my counselling and psychotherapy training at the Minster Centre.
I have worked as a therapist and wellbeing trainer/support mentor at a London GP surgery, London Metropolitan University, Barnet Mind, the homelessness charity Crisis, Diversity & Ability (D&A) championing (neuro)Diversity and (dis)Ability inclusion and the REES Foundation supporting life-long help and support to those with care experience.
As a member of the Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy creative team, we are collectively engaged in holding, developing and applying collective action in supporting difference, diversity and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy. A core enquiry of our work is the exploration:
“In the space between our distinct difference, and our shared humanity, there is a relational field that is both treacherous and charged with healing opportunities. If we learn to inhabit this field, we may create a home for our differences and a sense of belonging to our otherness.”
I am a founder ally member of a visible and non-visible disabled therapist group and a neurodivergent therapist group. As a Care Experienced Conference and RECLAIM member, we were engaged in enabling a much-needed debate for meaningful change in the care system, building community and imagining possible futures. I co-created the Care Experienced and Culture digital archive a one-stop accessible site with information about Care Experienced characters in fiction and on-screen, as well as Care Experienced writers, artists and actors.
I am co-author/editor of Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia - Support for Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) SAGE Publications based on my experience supporting students.
I have authored a chapter in the 3rd Edition of Lisa Cherry's The Brightness of Stars: Stories from Care Experienced Adults to Inspire Change.
How I Work
My approach is relational and non-judgemental as I believe that a good therapeutic relationship is based on trust and honesty. Most importantly the way I work begins with listening. I am passionate about getting to know and understand those I work with to fully understand the difficulties they are experiencing and the goals they hope to achieve. A core question and enquiry that underpins my work with clients is 'What is getting in the way of love, relationship, community and vitality?'
As an integrative therapist, I draw on approaches informed by different theoretical and practice traditions in the field of psychotherapy including humanistic, psychoanalytic, trauma-informed, body-oriented and cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approaches to support your needs. Working relationally and exploring the relationship between us can enable understanding of challenges you may experience with relationships and intimacy.
Working with a systemic and social justice lens I understand individual struggles are never in isolation and the importance of exploring social norms and systems that often contribute to unhappiness. An engagement with philosophy, social theory, spirituality and gently encouraging your personal creativity is embodied in my approach.
You can expect a friendly, warm and confidential environment working with me. I aim to support you in exploring the relationship between your past and present in your intergenerational story, and develop greater awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily experience. I will be honest, reflective, open, and curious in our work. Together we will create a space for you to look in and experience yourself, then gather the strength to make changes that you hope for and greater vitality and meaning in life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Qualifications & Professional MembershipsDiploma in Integrative Counselling, The Minster Centre, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered, Professional Standards Authority Accredited Advandced Dip Integrative Psychotherapy, The Minster Centre, UKCP Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work, Therapeutic Life Story Work International MA, PG Dip & Cert, BA Hons (Arts & Education), Dip Massage I engage in regular supervision and continuing professional development and I am a member of: British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) The Relational School (TRS) The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU)
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?Often the term 'therapy' is used whether you're seeking counselling or psychotherapy, as the therapist's approach will not necessarily differ. The main difference will be in the contract, with counselling more likely to be time-limited and suitable for a single or pressing issue and psychotherapy longer-term work. Short-term counselling can help with immediate concerns such as a situation at work, a specific relationship difficulty, bereavement or traumatic event. Short-term counselling is suitable for people who are, generally, happy in their lives but have an issue that is pressing which they would like to address. Long-term psychotherapy allows for space to explore making deeper changes in our lives, this space can facilitate greater knowledge and understanding of how we feel in relation to ourselves, our relationships and the world around us. It involves examining the past, thinking about current difficulties and future hopes and patterns of beliefs that underpin our lives.
How do I know if therapy is right for me?People can find therapy enormously helpful, if not at the beginning, then during the early stages as the relationship becomes familiar. What is most important is you find a therapist who feels right for you. A good therapeutic relationship can support you to feel less alone or overwhelmed, develop greater personal awareness, and begin to make more conscious choices. The success of therapy depends upon having a good, trusting working relationship with your therapist. If you feel unhappy with how the therapy is going I encourage you to openly bring that to our sessions. An experienced and competent therapist will be willing to openly engage with and explore what may be going on.
How long will I have to be in therapy?I offer both short-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy for as long as you are finding it helpful and productive. Continuity and regularity are important to the process of therapy.
FeesYou are welcome to contact me for a free, no obligation telephone conversation to explore what brings you to therapy, and ask any questions you may have. My fee is £65 per session for 50-minutes. Payment can be made by debit card or payment link following each session. During the initial consultation session we explore what brings you to therapy and we can get a sense if the relationship 'feels right' and you feel comfortable working with me. I offer some concessions based on your employment status, financial circumstances, availability and personal circumstances. We can discuss this further if you choose to make contact or meet.
My practice is located in:
Aashna Counselling & Psychotherapy, North Finchley, North London N12 9EH - less than ten minutes walk from Woodside Park tube station (Northern Line) and North Finchley bus station