Jane Stephens Psychotherapist
I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for twenty years, in the NHS and also in private practice.
My initial training was in psychodynamic therapy, with a further specialisation into Cognitive Analytic Therapy. The process of Cognitive Analytic Therapy is to help us look at patterns of relating, and the effect these patterns are having on our relationships, our work and the way we are with ourselves.
Together with the therapist, in the safety of the therapeutic relationship you will gradually develop an understanding of the ways in which you have learned to cope with what has happened in your life. Often people who have been through abuse, neglect or trauma feel bad about themselves and this can affect self-confidence.
The active part of Cognitive Analytic Therapy helps you to take part in the process of change in your own way. CAT is a very creative therapy and the process of understanding and self-discovery may involve painting as well as writing, movement, self-reflection and learning to self-monitor through journal keeping. (More information about Cognitive Analytic Therapy)
My aim in therapy is to work at a pace that suits my clients – we will jointly establish what is needed and to find ways to help you achieve this in a compassionate and respectful way. I would normally offer 6 sessions as a way of us getting to know each other and understand how we are going to work together, and then look at whether further sessions are needed.
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and an ACAT qualified psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.