Jill Hermon BA (Hons), MBACP
Sometimes we all need support. Sometimes our problems can seem overwhelming and without solution. Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable. My aim is to offer a warm, non-judgemental space from which you can explore your issues, develop greater self-awareness and be supported in finding the best way forward to a happier and more balanced life.
As an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist I work with adults and adolescents with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues and bereavement. I am also a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist, an approach that explores the thoughts, feelings and behaviour that are at the root of many of life's issues. In my role as a school counsellor I have extensive experience of working with young people who are experiencing issues such as bullying, exam stress, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework. This includes attending regular supervision to ensure I am practising ethically, safely and with the best interests of my clients at all times.
• BA (Hons) in Counselling
• Foundation Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Certificate in Counselling Skills
• Cruse trained Bereavement Counsellor
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
• Sudden and Traumatic Death (Cruse Bereavement Care)
• A Child's Grief (Cruse Bereavement Care)
Each client is unique, as is each counselling relationship and therapy is more likely to be effective when you can trust and feel comfortable with your counsellor. Please feel free to contact me and we can talk through any concerns you may have to ensure you feel comfortable sharing them with me.
Support from others is vital to our emotional well-being. However, sometimes we may find ourselves 'stuck' in a rut or struggling with sensitive issues that could benefit from a neutral professional approach. Counselling sessions are entirely confidential and offer a safe space for you to explore your problems without judgement.
In early childhood we are constantly learning from our environment. As a result, it is natural to learn patterns of behaviour from those around us during this formative time. Influences in childhood and challenging life experiences can have a lasting impact. We may develop ways of coping that become self-limiting. It takes courage and motivation to really explore one’s self but we can change the way we experience ourselves. Counselling helps us to make sense of our emotions and to change our negative thoughts and behaviours.
As a therapist I draw on a number of counselling therapies and tailor my approach to the individual, please read on to learn a little more…
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours have an effect on each other. That by changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life.
Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period.
The counsellor or psychotherapist in this approach works to understand an individual's experience from their point of view. The counsellor must positively value the client as a person.
In recent years mindfulness techniques have gained steam in the counselling world after a string of clinical studies supported its effectiveness.