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 enable the exploration of a range of emotions and experiences that can be challenging but can equally involve humour and laughter and lead to insight, understanding, growth and change.
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 my 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 have worked with adults and young people within both educational and therapeutic settings for over fifteen years.
I offer both one-to-one short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy from my practice in North Finchley, North London and online. I work mindfully of cultural diversity, beliefs and values and I am experienced working in areas including:
anxiety and panic
educational and workplace difficulties
body issues and obsessive-compulsive behaviours
family and relationship difficulties
loss and bereavement
experiences of trauma - childhood developmental and complex trauma, historical - intergenerational, transgenerational and collective trauma
explorations of identity including cultural, LGBTQI+, sexuality, gender, and sexual relationship diversity
disability, neurodiversity, learning differences and long-term health conditions
From the start of my career, I have worked in roles that have focused upon enabling growth, change, and self-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 a disability practitioner where I developed a specialism in working with adults and young people with disabilities, long-term health conditions, neurodiversity, 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 within a GP surgery, a 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 Care Experienced Conference team member, I was engaged in enabling a much-needed debate for meaningful change of the care system.
In addition to my therapy practice, I am an Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy creative team member providing support to the practice and developing training considering difference, diversity and intersectionality including Let's Get Uncomfortable: race, ethnicity, culture and power and Untold stories of adults who have grown up in care. I am one of many members of RECLAIM a collective of Care Experienced and Allies focused on healing together, supporting each other, understanding our shared histories and imagining possible futures.
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 upcoming 3rd Edition of Lisa Cherry's The Brightness of Stars: Stories from Care Experienced Adults to Inspire Change published in July 2022.
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.
As an integrative therapist, I draw on approaches informed by different theoretical and practice traditions in the field of therapy including humanistic, psychoanalytic, trauma-informed, body-oriented and cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approaches to support your needs. Working relationally 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. My aim is to support you to explore the relationship between your past and present in your intergenerational story, greater awareness of your thoughts, feelings, physical 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, achieve greater vitality and meaning in life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
My practice is located in North London in North Finchley, N12 - less than ten minutes walk from Woodside Park tube station (Northern Line) and North Finchley bus station.