Jen Mak

Jen Mak


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
07306157384

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Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS17
07306157384
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

My current availability is weekday evenings (6-8pm) and weekends (10am-8pm).

About me and my therapy practice

Evening and Weekend Counselling for Understanding Loss

The way we talk to others and ourselves is a window to what’s going on inside. ‘A Space For’ is a place for you to explore what that is. We can be too easily swept up in the day-to-day and in our long ingrained habits and beliefs that it takes dedicated time and focus to unravel what really is causing us pain, the grudges and guilt. What really is behind the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ that we say?

Practice description

When training as a counsellor I chose to focus on bereavement counselling as I believe that all pain can be attributed to loss and grief over a life that was or a life that could have been. The theories of grief can help us make sense of our anguish when we lose a relationship, a job, as well as the passing of a loved one.

Responses to grief can be broadly placed in two camps: restorative orientation or loss orientation (Dual Process Model of Grief by Stroebe and Schut). Some people find it easier to place their energy into getting on with the rest of life, preoccupying themselves with the practical sides of life. Others are floored and swept up in the waves of loss. No side is wrong. We need to experience both.

Counselling can be valuable to those who have become stuck in the restorative orientation. In order to get by each hour, let alone each day, they detach from their feelings of loss and sometimes with their feelings entirely, the positives as well. A counsellor can be a friendly companion to support you explore loss so that you don’t feel completely drowned by it.

On the other hand, if you have been stuck in loss orientation for a while and feel the need to get up and go (such as pressure from family or from work), but haven’t found that motivation, counselling can help you explore the barriers.

My general approach is person-centred with a goal of helping you identify what the mismatch is between where you currently are and where you want to be. I believe that once you truly understand and accept the difference, you can begin to figure out how to bridge the gap.

My first session

Free Initial Call (50 mins)

In this free initial discussion, I’ll explain how I counsel and you’ll explain what is going on for you. After experiencing my way of working, you can choose whether to continue working with me or I can help you find other sources of support.

What I can help with

Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Work related issues

Clients I work with

Adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling