Jan Watts - Look at You
Jan Watts is an experienced BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor who abides by the Code of Ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
She holds current Professional Indemnity Insurance and Enhanced DBS Certificate.
Why See a Counsellor?
To create an opportunity to explore who you are now and how you want to be
To talk to someone in confidence
To give yourself the time and space to be honest with yourself
To give yourself a time and place where you don't have to be pretend; just be you
Thinking about counselling?
The thought of talking to a stranger about something that's worrying you might feel helpful, or it might terrify you. Counselling is different to having a chat or a heart to heart with someone close, like a relative or a trusted friend. It's a safe space for you to talk through your concerns with someone used to working with confidential, sometimes very personal information; who will listen to what you say, and perhaps what you don't say; to have someone you feel you can trust to really hear your story and help you reflect on your situation and find a way forward. A counsellor has no agenda other than to help you.
Counselling offers a private, respectful place to be honest with yourself about your concerns. You won't be pitied, rejected, ridiculed or blamed - but supported emotionally. There is no physical contact.
Lets not pretend that a counselling session is always easy or a pleasure to go to - what you talk about within a session is personal, sometimes embarrassing, worrying or painful for you. Sometimes it can feel hard but in a good counselling relationship, you can trust that the counsellor will support you as you work through the tough stuff towards your goals, towards some peace.
Counselling doesn't have to take years - just a few sessions may give you the clarity you need.
Unfortunately there is no magic wand
It's not the day you have to manage, but the moment - It's not the dragon you have to slay, but the fear - And it's not the path you have to know, but the destination.
Courtesy of Peter Taylor of Brilliance Training
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
Four Quarters, TS Elliot
Areas of Support
Emotional Support is offered on a 1:1 basis with adults;
Seek help with
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Unhelpful Habits, Bereavement, Loss, PTSD
Seek help with
Confidence and Self Esteem, Phobias, Lifestyle Changes, Work / Life Balance
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Jan's way of working is called an 'Integrative Approach'. She works with different clients in different ways depending on their needs and choices. CBT usually starts with looking at your goals. It's often a short-term practical approach to bringing about change in your life. It starts with understanding what needs to be different. It's useful for learning new ways of behaving or reacting to a challenge. CBT tends to focus on the future although the past can be important to understand too.
Solution Focused Approach
A problem often clouds our view of the future and it's easy to lose sight of your goals. Being clear about what you want makes it easier to get there. This goal directed collaborative approach looks to bring about change, working on solutions rather than problems, working with the present and the future rather than the past. It helps you tap into your skills and your strengths to help you solve the problem.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used for treating PTSD: Psychological distress is often overwhelming and in some cases, the brain is unable to process what's happened. The distressing memory can become 'frozen' and recalling the event can seem like being re-traumatized. EMDR works on the left/right stimulation of the brain, using either eye movements or touch, which appears to help the brain to safely process the frozen or blocked information. As a result, traumatic memories seem to lose their painful intensity, they become less stressful and more like 'ordinary' memories.
A Look at Me
Running alongside a successful long-term career in the Hospitality Industry, Jan started her counselling training 16 years ago in SW London. As part of a Diploma in Integrative Counselling she worked with the charity, the Kingston Women's Centre to qualify. 12 years ago she moved to West Sussex where she continued work with a local charity as well as seeing private and corporate clients.
Over the years, she has continued with her professional development extending her approaches to counselling - including CBT, TA, Solution Focused and EMDR - and she incorporates these approaches into her work where it's appropriate and helpful for a client.
Jan works with a variety of organisations offering short term support - EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) and other agencies.
When Jan works with private clients, she usually has an initial chat on Zoom or over the phone. This is to outline, in confidence, what you are looking for help with. You can ask any questions. It is important for you to feel informed and secure with a counsellor. We usually meet weekly for a 'counselling hour' of 50 minutes (usually longer for an EMDR session). If you agree to start, you will be clear about timescales, the frequency of sessions and the costs. The time is yours to explore your issues as you wish.
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