Our Counsellor, Jenny, describes the Service:-
I am an Integrative Counsellor and have worked for over fourteen years with people who have mental health, substance misuse and homelessness issues. I offer one to one, brief and ongoing counselling to people who are supported by Herring House Trust through the hostel, resettlement, or outreach schemes. My counselling values are relational and humanistic; people grow and develop in relationship, when given the optimal conditions. I believe that acceptance, awareness and authenticity are facilitative of change and transformative. In my role as a counsellor, I aim to be a positive attachment figure, providing a secure base.
I want to create a safe, trusting relationship where my clients feel accepted, understood, and connected with in a meaningful way. I believe that through trying to understand my clients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviours, this will facilitate their understanding of themselves as well as others, which is known as the process of ‘mentalization’. I think that if people can feel ‘known’ and ‘contained’ in relationship, this will lead to integration, emotional regulation and improved psychological and physical wellbeing. These beliefs are founded upon attachment theory, developmental theory and person centred theory.
My counselling sessions offer a space for a person to explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviours, past or present; the aim is to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, patterns of behaviour, and core values or beliefs, as well as learning self-acceptance and self-compassion. I believe that self-awareness and understanding enables a person to make more informed choices and decisions about the type of life they want to lead.
JH – my story
Counselling service 2015-16
Read a report from our Psychotherapeutic Counsellor who has worked for over fifteen years with people who have mental health, substance misuse and homelessness issues.
This article was posted on 31 August 2016