About Me

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

Counselling Service ~ The Listening SanctuaryLiving 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

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