Hello there, I’m Jacqueline Spence. I am a Professional English counsellor living in Brittany, France. I offer face-to-face counselling for individuals and couples. For those living at a distance from me, or unable to access a counsellor, I work online via Skype video webcam.
Complementary to my counselling qualifications I hold a diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I use hypnosis as an aid to quitting smoking, controlled weight loss, overcoming phobias and to install a virtual Gastric Band. I also teach relaxation and meditation techniques.
Supporting and enabling a person to grow beyond personal difficulties is a subject close to my heart.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. The course I studied was integrative with person-centred core values. Whilst I have been trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural and Brief Solution Focused models along with Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis my style of counselling is Person-Centred, Client led. This way of working ensures that the client progresses at a pace he/she feels comfortable with.
I have worked as a professional counsellor within a GP Practice. My areas of expertise include: anxiety, stress, PTSD, depression, relationship counselling, bereavement and domestic abuse.
I am dedicated to the professional and ethical use of hypnosis. Having worked as a Hypnotherapist within a complementary medical centre set up by a group of GPs I now work, as a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, solely in Private Practice.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the ethical framework for good practice as set out by the B.A.C.P.
My own values are in alignment with the fundamental values of counselling, which include:
- Respecting human rights and dignity
- Ensuring integrity in client-counsellor relationships
- Alleviating personal distress and suffering
- Increasing personal effectiveness
- Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
- Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
Living in France, I am aware of the anxieties and loneliness which can often be experienced in moving to a foreign country. A move which necessitates learning to live in a different culture and speak a different language. If you are feeling that the quality of your life is not as fulfilling as you would wish it to be, please contact me to discuss how I may be able to help