Jess has always been drawn to people’s life stories. Throughout childhood she recalls a burgeoning fascination with the lived experiences of others, their emotional worlds & their patterns of relating.
Whilst she had an inkling in her teenage years that she wanted to train as a therapist, she was aware that she needed to get some life experience first & so she first embarked on a degree in Philosophy at the University of Kent, where she graduated with first class honours.
Following graduation, Jess commenced her journey towards becoming a counsellor by undertaking her Levels 2 & 3 vocational training in Counselling Skills at Chapters in County Durham. This training gave Jess a solid foundation in person centred therapy & a sound grasp of what it really takes to be a good therapist.
She yearned however, for the academic rigour of her undergraduate days & so enrolled on the MSc Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at Keele University, graduating with merit in 2013.
Since qualifying as a counsellor, Jess has worked in a number of different settings, including hospices, primary schools & general counselling services. Jess therefore has experience in working with children, young people & adults, who were facing a wide range of different emotional health issues.
With every client she has worked with over the years, Jess has gained new knowledge & experience, obtaining valuable insights into both other people & herself, that continue to enrich her practice & her personal life on a daily basis.
Jess is a qualified person centred counsellor, who is registered through the BACP. She is a relational therapist, who puts the relationship with her clients at the heart of the process.
Jess’ academic background is in philosophy & this brings a real depth to both her skills & therapeutic approach. She’s warm & unassuming with wisdom far beyond her years.
“It’s all too easy to walk through life without having an understanding of why we are doing the things we do, but it can also be incredibly painful – When we don’t understand ourselves, its much more difficult to get the things we need, to cope with the distress we may feel, & to look after ourselves effectively.
Therapy is about exploring our lives, our selves, our histories, what we want, what we need & what we fear, & it can be one of the most rewarding things we can do, it can also make us feel incredibly vulnerable. As such, it’s so important to feel safe & at ease with the person you choose to help you do that.
When done well, therapy should feel like a salve for the soul. It should offer a comforting presence, a steady ground, a safe place & a trusted companion for exploring uncharted, often difficult territory. The relationship I form with my clients is at the heart of what I do, & offering that steady space is what I feel most passionately about.
When you come to The Clearing, I will work hard to earn & be deserving of your trust, I will endeavour to make you feel safe and respected & I will do what I can to understand what the world looks like for you. By helping you to explore your own self, I will help you to find peace within difficult circumstances & to assist you in navigating your way through your life choices.”
Jess & the rest of the team look forward to welcoming you to The Clearing.
The key to successful therapy is a good relationship between you & your counsellor. If Jess 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 8am & 9pm & on Saturdays between 9am & 7pm. 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.