Jacqueline Palmer Counsellor , NW3
And the day came when the need to remain closed became more painful than the risk to open.
- Anais Nin
If you are finding life a struggle for any number of reasons, from a major life change to a loss or separation, or an issue you cannot seem to resolve, you will find psychotherapy a very useful tool in removing the blocks preventing you from fulfilling your potential.
I see clients for a range of issue which include
Issues around Intimacy
Depression and anxiety
Difficulties in relationship, intimacy, co-dependence
Poor self-esteem and body related issues
Conflicts around sexuality and abuse
Issues with fertility as well as the transition to mothering
Coming to terms with loss and major life transitions
Managing the menopause
working with early trauma
My background is in the Arts, with an honours diploma in photography, an MA in film, and a background in writing poetry and short stories. In my writing and photography I was always intrigued by relationship, the desire and experience of being seen by others, and the blocks to intimacy and connection which I explore in my workshops. I had two late in life children with the help of fertility treatment. I have recently completed three trainings with Pia Mellody of the Meadows Centre Arizona working with codependence and healing early wounds, in Inner Child, and Shame and Feeling Reduction workshops.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by lifes obstacles, and finding the right sort of help feels like an extra burden. Talking through our problems in this safe space allows us to deal with the crisis, to heal past trauma and let go of ways of being that no longer serve us. We can then reconnect with our dreams and find a sense of purpose and meaning that may be missing in our lives. Embarking on a period of therapy can offer very real results, both in the way we understand and handle the present, and in accepting and finding a different relationship to our past. We can let go of negative patterns and beliefs that limit us and discover our unique path in life. This will enhance both our self-esteem, and our ability to make positive choices, as well as deepening fulfillment in relationships.
Training and qualifications
I did my diploma in counselling and psychotherapy at the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Warwick Crescent, London W2. I adhere to the UK Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) code of ethics with whom I am registered, and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP). I am fully insured and my work is supervised, and I continue to attend workshops and seminars as part of my professional development. I did my MA in film at Birkbeck with the BFI, and a BA in English and film at the University of North London.
Sessions are 50 minutes weekly and an initial assessment session is 50.00. Fees are discussed at the first meeting with some concessions available. I need 48 hours notice of cancellation, and missed appointments are charged in full. I see clients in Maida Vale and Hampstead:
tuesday to friday from 9am with some evening session availability.