Like many therapists I came to counselling as a second career. I initially studied psychology, including a doctorate specialising in emotion and motivation.
I then worked as a university psychology lecturer, including a significant amount of time supporting students with additional learning needs. Ironically, having chosen a career field which revolved around people, I became frustrated by the increasing need to spend time locked away with paperwork and sought a more rewarding way to use my knowledge and skills.
I then trained in counselling and worked as a counsellor within the NHS. Most commonly I have worked with issues of stress, anxiety and panic, depression/ sad mood, low self-esteem/ low self-confidence, issues from childhood, relationship issues, domestic abuse, PTSD/trauma (including sexual abuse or assault), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and addiction.
Working in a private practice is a new venture for 2018. The number and length of sessions can therefore be tailored to your needs.
With a substantial background in psychology, I take an up-to-date, evidence-based approach to my work. Until 2019 I still taught mental health and neurobiology part-time and I have a great deal of experience working in online environments. Although I now focus exclusively on my therapy practice, I am still committed to my own lifelong learning.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I therefore work to the BPS and BACP codes of ethics and I am committed to working safely, ethically and confidentially.
If you or someone you know is struggling with issues, I'd thoroughly recommend ReThink Therapy - Jill is both highly qualified and a lovely warm person who is passionate about her belief that people can "re-think" their issues and lead a happier life
As someone who really struggles to open up emotionally Jill is one of a very small amount of people who I feel comfortable doing that with. I would happily recommend her services if you are at all in need of help in this way.
I'd put off counselling for a while due to having a bad experience in the past and thinking it was all the same. I'm so glad I chose Jill , I was made to feel at ease straight away and I feel like I am finally getting my life back on track
Key qualifications & training
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2001)
MSc Psychology (2003)
Doctorate (PhD) in Psychology (2010)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2016)
Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2017-9)
Level 6 Forensic Counselling and Psychology (2018)
Counselling for perpetrators and victims of crime, including survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
PTSD Masterclass training (British Psychological Society approved)
Intermediate. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (24-26th April 2019).
Advanced. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Complex PTSD and dissociation (26th-27th February 2020).
Additional training in Online Therapy
Working Online, a Coronavirus Primer - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, in conjunction with Open University (10 hours; April 2020).
- Online and Telephone Counselling for Student and Qualified Counsellors, The Counselling Tutor (80 hours; April 2020).