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Janet Ward


Janet first came to the North of England in the 70s to undertake teacher training. By the time she had completed her certificate in primary education, art & special educational needs, she had fallen in love with the area & had decided to make it her home.

Her first professional role was with The Children’s Society as a Residential Childcare Officer, caring for children & young adults & it was through this experience that Janet became interested in both psychology & social work.

Eager to develop both her career & her professional skill set, Janet completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1988 & then a certificate in Social Services in 1991. It was from here that she began her career as a Social Worker.

During her 26 years working in adult services, Janet has accrued a wealth of life experience. She has held management positions in learning disability services, worked as part of a community mental health team & taken a central role in the training & development of student social workers.

In these roles, she has supported people affected by many different complex issues such as long term disability, neurological impairments, mental ill health & drug & alcohol addictions.

By 2010 changes to the way that social services were being run motivated Janet to start pursuing a change in career.

In 2011 she completed a Level 3 qualification in Counselling Skills & Theory, before going on to train as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at the Northern Guild of Counselling & Psychotherapy, where she completed her diploma in 2014.

During her diploma Janet volunteered at Cruse as a bereavement counsellor, where she undertook specialist training & gained much experience in supporting those who were struggling to come to terms with loss & life transitions.

Janet has also practiced in an NHS primary care setting where she offered open ended counselling to people who were affected by a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression & OCD.

Janet continues to be committed to professional development & has recently undertaken an experiential course in addressing the emotional repercussions of dyslexia.

As a member of a neurodiverse family, Janet has a keen interest in the impact that dyslexia can have upon personality development & is passionate about empowering those affected by neurodiversity to recognise their own unique strengths.

More about Janet

Janet is a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, who is registered with the BACP. She is trained in transactional analysis, person centred & creative therapies.

Her wealth of experience in both education & social care have gifted her a deep insight & understanding of the trials of life. Therefore, with Janet you can be sure that whatever issues you are facing you will be met with wisdom & compassion.

Janet’s approach is holistic & relational & seeks to develop a 360 degree understanding of the issues at hand. She has a gentle & thoughtful demeanor & draws upon her creativity to help you to find your unique way forward.

Janet says…

” We are all shaped by the conditions & expectations of others & this impacts on both who we become & how we live our lives. At times, we may lose touch with ourselves & feel unable to control the direction that life is taking us, we may find ourselves juggling with competing demands in an ever more stressful world, or we may feel alone & isolated. Our identity is often challenged as we strive to come to terms with life’s transitions & we may struggle to create a new sense of self.

Whatever brings you here, whether it be a current crisis or a longer term sense of discontent, counselling with me will allow you a safe & relaxed space  to understand your difficulties & to make the positive changes that are required to increase your happiness & fulfilment.

I believe that you are the expert in your own life & so I’ll encourage you to take the lead in your own counselling journey; walking alongside you as you explore the roots of your unhappiness & find your own way forward. The relationship that we will develop is crucial to the success of the process.

Over time you will gain a greater awareness & compassion for yourself which will form the basis of your future wellbeing. You’ll be empowered to make the changes that are possible & develop the resilience to accept the things that cannot be changed

Janet & the rest of the team look forward to welcoming you to The Clearing.

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The key to successful therapy is a good relationship between you & your counsellor. If Janet sounds like the right therapist for you, you can book in your half price, initial consultation with her today.

We offer appointments Monday to Friday between 7am & 9pm & on Saturdays between 9am & 8pm. Arranging your first session with us is quick & easy.

Click on the Book Now button to view the sessions we have available across the next week. Search for a convenient appointment with the therapist of your choice & book in within minutes. You’ll then be sent a confirmation email with all of the information that you’ll need.

We look forward to seeing you soon.