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My working hours are Monday to Thursday 10 - 6.
About me and my therapy practice
I am a psychotherapist and I work in Roundhay, Leeds 8, where I provide a safe space for clients to talk. As an integrative therapist I will tailor different therapies to suit you. My belief is that therapy cannot be rushed and only you know what is best for you. You will be in control of your therapy. Nothing will be expected from you and things will unfold at your own pace.
My qualifications are:
• Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University)
• Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Leeds Beckett University)
• Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Chartered Management Institute)
• MA (Cantab) Hons (Law) (University of Cambridge)
Alongside my private work, I have been a volunteer counsellor at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds, working with bereaved clients two afternoons each week. I have a special interest in incurable illness.
I also have experience of counselling sex abuse survivors, having worked for 18 months one day a week as a volunteer counsellor at Mosaic II, a specialist centre in Bradford.
As a solicitor I have worked with clients exposed to domestic violence and relationship breakdown, those who have suffered physical and psychiatric injury and victims of medical accidents. My long working life in the legal sector has given me in depth personal experience of workplace stress.
I have the significant life experience and maturity for deep empathy, a very calm demeanour and I am an excellent active listener.
For more information, please contact me or visit my website: www.janebutlercounselling.co.uk.
I work as a sole practitioner in my own home, where I have dedicated a quiet spacious private room to my counselling work. My clients describe this space as 'peaceful', 'tranquil', 'a place where I can be quiet'.
I work with individuals and couples. My work with individuals is very varied, as my client come from a wide background and cover a wide age range from 18 to 80s. I have experience of working with those who have suffered trauma, but my work covers many areas; workplace stress, relationship difficulties, bereavement, abandonment, illness, ageing, loneliness to name just a few.
My work with couples involves helping them to see that the relationship is the client on which we all work collaboratively, to enable each partner to reconnect and learn how to work towards change, moving from the feeling of being stuck towards a more open honest dialogue.
I see clients on a flexible basis, either weekly or fortnightly, or very 10 days, to suit each client.
During the coronavirus outbreak, I am seeing all my clients remotely, either via the internet or telephone. I deliver the sessions from my normal counselling room to protect confidentiality. These sessions are going very well, especially when using a visual method such as Skype. I am happy to use an alternative platform to suit my clients.
My first session
Meeting me for the first time may cause you to feel some anxiety. This is normal, as most people feel apprehensive when facing a new situation. You will meet me in my therapy room, either in person (or remotely during the Coronavirus outbreak), which is quiet and safe. Nothing will be expected from you. You are free to say what you want, or to say nothing if you prefer. You might find it hard to talk, or hard to stop talking. You might fear what will come out, once you start. You may cry, and this is a safe place (maybe the only place) to do so. What you say will be in confidence and will stay in the counselling room. There will be no judgement.
You might choose our first meeting to be a free 30-minute session (for individual therapy) or a full hourly session. at this, I will explain how we will work together - the length of sessions, cost, our mutual commitment to your therapy, and confidentiality. There will also be time for you to talk. There is absolutely no obligation to book a second appointment following a 30-minute free session. I will leave it up to you to contact me if you want to go ahead. You don't need to decide this straight away. It can be at any time in the future or not at all.
So I hope that you can see that, although taking this first step may seem daunting, when you arrive you will find that you have nothing to fear, and everything to gain.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling