Jenny Milburn Counsellor & Clinical supervisor
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Finding the right counsellor is very important. I aim to give you as much information about my practice and beliefs as a counsellor that I can, so that you can make an informed decision when choosing the right counsellor for you. Not only are you emotionally committing at a time of often difficulty and conflict but you are also committing your valuable time and finances, so this is very important. It is important also because the right therapeutic relationship can create the trust and learning environment for you the client to understand your blocks and free yourself of them, to mobilise and reorganise the life you truly desire. This is a very exciting and truly wonderful thing and I feel privileged to help unlock this journey alongside you.
So how do we do this you may wonder? Firstly, training, experience, insurance, belonging to professional organisations such as the BACP, BPS and continuous professional development are a must for any proficient counsellor. I am a qualified bacp accredited counsellor (MBACP accred) and hold an NCFE Diploma in Counselling, a Post-graduate Diploma in Supervision as well as a degree in Psychology BSc (hons). I also trained as a Cruse bereavement counsellor. I have worked as a senior counsellor and supervisor, supervising other counsellors with their clients within the NHS and I now work solely in private practice from a quiet confidential study within my home. I have 1000’s of hours experience working with individuals, couples and families.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accred) and The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BPsS) and I abide by their ethics, standards and practices. I have full insurance. I abide by the BACP ethical framework including attending to continuous professional development. This means I regularly mix with other professionals within the field and keep updated on current viewpoints and training.
About my approach:
I see the client as an individual and a fascinating one at that! I have much training and many years of experience in this field, allowing me to welcome ‘you’ my new client into the room with warmth and professionalism. Here I offer a safe and calm space for you to start describing your presenting problems and together we can agree a focus and goal for the episode of treatment.
My approach, is initially Person centred, using the three core conditions (1) unconditional positive regard (non judgemental), (2) congruence and (3) empathy. This helps to create a trusting relationship for you to feel safe to explore difficult feelings and issues. I may then look at blocks as to why you are having difficulty creating the change you wish for. Here I may work using the psychodynamic approach, exploring conscious and unconscious forces, believing that childhood experiences can shape personality and with awareness change can occur. I my also invite a gestalt perspective which is existential/experiential and focuses on the individual’s experience in the present moment. I may use a transactional analysis approach concentrating on people’s interactions with each other. I may explore dreams with you as a way to explore your unconscious mind. As a life coach together we may look at problems creating conflict to find resolution. If suffering with bereavement, together sensitively we can explore the stages of shock and denial, enabling awareness allowing for re organisation, mobilisation and if desired loving again.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness are very popular at the moment and for very good reasons. CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies, challenging the way one thinks, feels and behaves. Mindfulness is the psychological process of being attentive to the ‘hear and now’ of calming the often whirring mind.
Please take a look at my ‘blog’. I aim to add much more information here about counselling and well-being. I hope you shall enjoy it and find it useful.
- Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor & Life Coach – Private Practice – November 2009 – present date
- Counsellor – Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – Health Assured October 2012 – Present date.
- NHS Senior Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor & Trainer, band 7 – January 2014 – July 2014.
- Counselling Supervisor – St Michaels Hospice – May 2012 – January 2014
- Counsellor, Group Facilitator and Afterthoughts Counselling Service Coordinator – NHS – April 2008 – July 2013
- Counselling Supervisor – Counselling Plus – February 2012 – September 2012
- Group Facilitator – My Time Project – Glee Club – Dragonflies – September 2011 – September 2012
- Counsellor – Counselling Plus – September 2009 – September 2011
- Group Facilitator – Counsellor – Dragonflies/My Time Project – May 2011 – December 2011
- Counsellor – Cruse Bereavement Service – July 2009 – January 2010
- School of Natural Health Sciences – Diploma in life coaching – 2008
- NCFE Level 3 Certificate in counselling skills and theory – Bexhill College – 2007
- NHS – Perinatal depression – 2008
- NCFE – Diploma in counselling – 2009
- Cruse – Awareness in bereavement care – Foundation course – 2009
- HARCS – Counselling for trauma – 2009
- HARCS – CBT approach to counselling rape – 2009
- HARCS – Brief solution focused therapy – Counselling rape & sexual assault –2009
- HARCS – Counselling for rape survivors – 2009
- Cruse – Bereavement and depression – 2009
- Bexhill College – Emergency first aid – 2009
- HARCS – Leading anger management groups – 2010
- Cruse – Awareness in bereavement care – Level 2 – 2010
- Rise – Using sand trays and objects – 2010
- HARCS – Counselling for couples Part 1 – 2010
- HARCS – Counselling for couples Part 2 – 2010
- NHS – Safe guarding vulnerable adults – 2011
- NHS – Corporate induction training model – 2011
- Inter Psyche – Diploma in counselling supervision – 2012
- NHS – Drug & alcohol training – 2012
- MBACP Accredited counsellor – 2013
- School of Natural Health Sciences – Diploma in hypnotherapy – 2013
- School of Natural Health Sciences – Advanced diploma in hypnotherapy Psychotherapy – 2013
- Eastbourne CPD – Games in the therapy room – 2013
- St Michael’s Hospice – Mindfulness meditation – 2013
- NHS – Maternal OCD – 2014
- Armed Forces Network – Understanding the military mindset – 2014
- CPC – Mindfulness for therapists – 2015
- Kings College London – Caring for people with psychosis and schizophrenia – 2016
- BACP – Self and identity: breaking down barriers for inclusion of children – 2016
- The Open University – BSc (hons) Psychology
- BACP – Identity: Can you tell me who I am? – 2017
- University of Tasmania – Understanding Dementia – 2018
- High Speed Training – GDPR Training – 2018