Counselling and Psychotherapy

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

Aristotle

I am an experienced and fully accredited psychotherapist offering both short and long-term therapy. I work with adults, particularly those in high-pressure roles such as healthcare, who may be struggling with work-life balance, experiencing stress or have been exposed to traumatic events because of their working environments.

In today’s world it can feel like there is immense pressure to behave in a particular way in the face of the challenges life presents us. The language of being strong, heroic, or winning a battle prevails in the media and often from well-meaning friends and family. Never more so has this been the case than in response to the current pandemic. Faced with this it can feel like the only option available is to keep pushing through despite feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or close to burnout daily.

In such circumstances the confidential space therapy provides can often be a lifesaver. It provides a space where it is ok not to be ok, where you can talk through what is going on for you and prioritise your mental health and wellbeing. It is also a place to learn strategies and practical tools for managing yourself better in the future. Overall therapy can be a valuable support as you navigate your way through a difficult period and get back to focusing on what matters most to you in your life.

How I work

I offer appointments online via Zoom, phone or face-to-face from my office in Brockenhurst, New Forest. I offer an initial session to discuss your hopes for therapy and to see whether we would be a good fit. Together we would then agree a way forward in terms of focus, frequency and duration of therapy. The pace and nature of the work will be guided by you.

Though my approach to therapy is primarily psychodynamic I also draw on existential, systemic and CBT frameworks if I feel they might be helpful for clients.

My experience includes supporting frontline staff teams such as Critical Care, Theatres and Emergency Departments within major NHS Trusts during COVID-19, leading the Patient and Family Support team at Oakhaven Hospice, working for the mental health charity Mind and running a telephone-based counselling service for an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) provider.

I have also taught on the FdA programme at Iron Mill College and spent several years supporting those affected by cancer at The Mulberry Centre, West Middlesex Hospital and Maggie’s Centre in Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith.

For further information

Contact me on 07968 722491 or email me at jean@jeanburke.co.uk

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