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Hello! You might be here, looking at this page, because you are looking for help or guidance in dealing with some difficulties in your life. Or maybe you’re just interested in learning more about yourself and achieving personal growth. Whichever it is, I’m here and happy to help in any way I can.

Therapy can be helpful for a number of difficulties. If you’ve never engaged in psychological therapy before and are unsure of what it involves or how you even start the process, please take a look around my website and my FAQ page. If you don’t find an answer to a particular question, then do please contact me.

My name is Jenny and I am passionate about helping people realise their potential to live a fulfilling life, empowering them to know what is and is not helpful for their well being and showing them how to tap into their own resources and empowerment.

I am based in South Wales with clinics in both Cardiff and Monmouth or, if you live further afield, I can work with you by video or through a chat platform. If you have healthcare insurance that covers therapy, I am registered with a number of healthcare providers. Please click here to find out more.

*covid-19 – due to the current pandemic, I am only offering remote sessions via video, chat platforms or telephone.

Sessions

Depending on your individual needs, I can offer both short or long term therapy. Within the first assessment session with me, as well as gaining details from you to help gain a picture of what you are hoping to gain from therapy, this session is also important to get a feel for me as a person and psychologist and decide if you too wish to work with me. I encourage openness and honesty and will not take any offence if you prefer to seek out another psychologist/therapist.

The assessment usually takes one session, but can take more. This is decided on a case by case basis.

Each session lasts up to 50 minutes.

My clinic hours are:
Thursday 9.30am – 5pm
Friday 12pm – 5pm

Fees: £100 – £120

Video/chat sessions
I currently use a video platform called Zoom. Please ensure you have good internet speed so as not to interfere with the process of therapy.

Therapeutic Approaches

As a client, you are at the centre of the therapeutic process and although I have the knowledge of human psychology, you are the expert on you and I view therapy as a joint effort in helping you get to where you want to be. Using person centred values, I take a humanistic approach, using the core conditions of unconditional positive regard, congruence, and empathy to help build a strong therapeutic relationship.

Being a psychologist, I am able to integrate various approaches to meet your needs. The main approaches I use are:

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

This is known as a third wave cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach. Compassion and understanding is the basis of my approach, fostering a place of psychological flexibility. To do this, the main approach used is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Mindfulness based teachings are intertwined into this along with connection to values making this such a powerful approach.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness has become more popular in western cultures, yet so many struggle to integrate it into their everyday lives, believing it to be all about sitting on the floor, cross legged, meditating. This can be a part of it but the main teaching of mindfulness philosophy is to be present. There are many ways to do this. I’m all for helping people to find ways of being mindful that fit with their every day lives.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

This approach is commonly used to treat those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but can also be used effectively for a range of difficulties. It uses bilateral stimulation, predominately eye movement (hence the name!) to help the brain to process ‘stuck’ emotional trauma on a neurological level, allowing the brain to move the content from a present moment threat to a past memory. It cannot erase experiences, but places them gently into the past whilst reducing the intensity of the emotions attached to them into the memory bank.

Flash Technique

I am trained in the flash technique, which was developed to help reduce the distress a person may experience as a result of a past experience without needing to actively engage with the distressing memory. This technique can at times help process the memory itself or be used as part of the process of EMDR.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This approach takes a look at how the environment, thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviour all contribute to the sense we make of the world. The objective is to identify negative core beliefs and challenge them, establishing the facts from opinions to identify a more balanced belief. Behavioural activation is used to help weaken negative beliefs and strengthen the balanced, alternative one.

About Me

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an associate fellow member of British Psychological Society (BPS) and Chair of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Wales (DCoPW).

I have been working with people with mental health difficulties for over 18 years and as a qualified chartered Counselling Psychologist for 9 years in the NHS and private practice. During this time I have come to realise that one of the main causes of many people’s problems is their fear of uncomfortable thoughts & emotions and their perception of uncomfortable experiences.

I can’t say I’d always wanted to be a psychologist, despite the fact that my mother was one and my father was a psychiatrist. On leaving school I did equestrian studies at agricultural college. Throughout my early 20’s I worked with horses.

Having realised this was never going to keep me solvent, I took office-based temp jobs, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. In the end, in my late twenties, it finally dawned on me that I should study psychology. After all, it was ‘in my blood’. I’d been raised to see the world through a psychologist’s eyes! So the long journey towards qualification began.

Since becoming registered (with the HCPC) I have mainly worked with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in the NHS. For the past two years i’ve worked with older people. I have found that anxiety is a very common ailment that underlies many difficulties and helping people deal with this first becomes invaluable.

On a more personal level, my family consists of a husband, a 5 year old boy, 3 year old girl and a border terrier dog. I use mindfulness skills daily to keep my family life (fairly) harmonious! Living in a fairly rural part of Wales, we love to roam the countryside often. I enjoy watching TV (a little too much at times) and films. Food is a passion of mine and I look forward to spending quality time going to restaurants and travelling, exploring what the world has to offer!

Contact

If you would like to know any more details, or would like to book a session, please fill out the form below and I will contact you in 24 hours.

Alternatively you can call me on: 07930 449438