Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling Pg dip, Somatic Trauma Therapy, EFT, Psychosexual therapy, Gender and Sexual diversity therapy
I am a qualified Psychosynthesis Counsellor (pgDip), registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am committed to my on-going personal and professional development and I am in regular supervision for my client work. I am currently in my final year training as a couples and psychosexual counsellor and a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). What is important to me is to ensure I create a non-judgemental space, where you can share and explore your thoughts, feelings and problems in a safe, accepting and confidential environment. From my experience as a counsellor, what I have seen as most important for clients is the counsellor and client relationship. I have an approachable, genuine and open minded manner that helps people feel able to discuss their difficulties and builds a trust in the therapist client relationship. Equally my own experiences of therapy has allowed me to honour the healing journey that clients undergo and respect the clients choice in the pace and depth of the therapy.
My approach is based on my belief that we are all intrinsically whole and it is our innate human desire to reconnect to that wholeness. A psychosynthesis perspective views that the challenges life presents itself to us are opportunities for growth and transformation. Psychosynthesis acknowledges that we are all unique and individual souls on a journey through life. We are more than our problems and our failures, and that at the very deepest levels of our selves we are wise beings seeking to express our potential into the world. I work with an integrative approach of counselling because people are different. Ways of working includes: psychosynthesis, gestalt, psychodynamic, person centered, existential, transpersonal (spiritual) models. I also offer somatic (body), and EFT modalities. If it is right for you, some of the ways we may work will be more creative, such as drawings, visualisations, mindfullness, body movements. Gender and sexual diversity is my area of specialism where I have many years experience working with gender and sexually diverse groups. It is this area of work that drives me with a passion towards greater understanding and awareness of gender and sexuality in socio-political contexts. After completing my first year foundation in psychosexual therapy, I can also work with sexual and relationship issues more directly if this is a focus for you. I am also working with couples whether heterosexual or gender and sexually diverse identities. I practice affirmative GSD therapy, and offer a respectful space where diverse relationship(s) are not seen as problematic. I work with many trans and gender non conforming clients. Having a sex positive approach, I welcome sex workers, kink, poly, BDSM identities or clients with these practices. Please see my web site for further details, http://jakeyearsley.co.uk/ However, I believe it is the relationship between client and therapist that is at the very heart of the therapeutic process. Throughout the process of therapy we will work to discover or support your internal and external resources so that the therapist is no longer needed. I mainly see clients on open-ended contracts, but I am also able to see clients for short term contracts. Where possible we will agree to commit to 6 sessions and review progress and if you wish you can give me feedback as to whether you are getting what you want from the therapy. If you wish to continue we can review as we go along.
My background and experience is very eclectic from many years working in the media and creative industries, to working as a gardener which I still do part time. I also work in a secondary school 1 day a week as a facilitator for an emotional intelligence program for 'at risk' youth and teach gender and sexual diversity to student psychotherapists.