JACQUELINE GREEN COUNSELLING
Originally from Wales, I am a qualified counsellor working with both young people and adults.
I offer online and phone sessions to anyone age 12+ throughout the UK, and additionally, face-to-face sessions within East Lothian.
I work within the person-centred approach, which encourages personal development and positive change through self-exploration. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Working with people of all ages, I draw on various tools and techniques to help you get the most out of therapy, meeting your individual needs and supporting you through whatever comes up.
I have 15 years experience in the mental health field, working in schools, the NHS, the third sector and within private practice. Before this, I travelled through and lived in many countries, experiencing different cultures and ways of being.
Although I work with all emotional challenges and life experiences, some speciality areas I work with are; adolescents, childhood trauma, attachment, new mums, blended families, suicidal ideation and grief/ bereavement.
**Due to Covid19, I am offering online sessions only at this time**
COUNSELLING FOR ADULTS
Taking the step to reach out for counselling is a courageous one, and one which you may have thought about doing for some time.
Whether you have something specific that you would like to explore, or if you are unsure of what exactly is going on but something 'just doesn't feel right', then rest assured, we will take the time to understand and see what comes up as a result. Working together, at your own pace, we can pay attention to all of your story - even the most difficult parts - so that we can start to understand yourself on a deeper level, learning to accept yourself along the way.
Common reasons for seeking counselling include feelings of; anxiety, depression, confusion, resentfulness, loneliness, anger, frustration or fear.
It can help to talk freely and in confidence with someone whose life and relationships are separate from yours. With impartial help to express yourself, clarify your thoughts and feelings and review your ideas, decisions and beliefs, it becomes easier to make sense of what is happening. It then becomes possible to find new ways of being which better suit who you truly are.
COUNSELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Whether you are a young person 12+ seeking support, or if you are a parent/ carer looking to find the right support for a young person you are concerned about then I may be able to help you.
Our teenage years can be some of the most enjoyable but can also be some of the most challenging periods of our life. While support from loved ones can often be a comfort, it may not always be quite enough. It's at these times that counselling can be really helpful. I can offer young people a safe, non judgemental and confidential place in which to explore the complex emotions that come with moving through adolescence. With help to express themselves and learn about what is going on and why, it becomes possible to find ways of doing things a little differently which can help young people make changes and start to feel better.
Sessions will be adapted to suit each individuals needs. We can sit and chat through things together or we can use creative methods such as; writing or drawing or even making something together like a memory box or dream board. Each young person is different and I think it's important they feel comfortable expressing themselves in any way they wish.
Some common themes that often come up in counselling are; friendship and relationship difficulties, anxiety, worry and stress, anger, depression, low self esteem and confidence, bereavement, family breakdown, issues surrounding weight, sex or sexuality and harmful behaviours such as self harm or substance misuse. All challenges are welcomed in counselling.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I START THE COUNSELLING PROCESS?
Please email or call to arrange your first session.
Alternatively, if you would like to find out more before organising your first session then we can arrange an initial chat.
This initial chat may be around 20 minutes and we can discuss what brings you to counselling and what you hope to achieve by coming. I can explain how counselling may look for us. It's also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and for us to see if we are a good fit.
Due to the nature of my job and my days of work, I am not always able to answer calls so please leave a voicemail or send an email if you would like to me get back to you.
HOW LONG DOES COUNSELLING TAKE?
That depends on why you are coming. I work both short-term and long-term as I like to adapt to your individual needs. Sometimes a specific problem can be understood and can help you move forward within a few sessions. Generally, more sessions are needed for real healing, growth and transformation. Regular reviews gives us both the opportunity to decide how long we may continue for.
IS COUNSELLING CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes - Confidentiality is an important aspect of counselling as it is important for you to feel that it is a safe place.
As a registered member of the BACP I abide by their ethical guidelines for respecting client confidentiality.
There are at times certain limitations to confidentiality but this will all be discussed in more detail in our initial session.
HOW MUCH DOES COUNSELLING COST AND HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?
All sessions are 50 minutes long and are charged at £45.