What qualifications do you have?
I have a diploma in therapeutic counselling, am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), and am DBS-certified. Post-qualification, I have continued to develop my skills and knowledge, completing certificates in a number of areas, including: trauma-informed practice and facilitation, breathwork, working with the body, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), disordered and intuitive eating, self-harm, anger, domestic abuse and integrating creative approaches into therapy.
How many sessions will I need?
It’s completely up to you. You are never ‘locked in’ to a specific number of sessions, and we can end at any time. During our initial assessment, we can discuss whether your foresee our work together being short or long-term. I have a discount option for sessions booked in blocks of four, and some clients find this helpful in planning out their expectations and goals for therapy, as well as helping plan their diaries and budgets. But pay-as-you-go is always an option if you prefer more flexibility.
Will I have to do homework?
Not if you don’t want to! Some clients want the structure and accountability of having tasks to focus on between sessions; if you’re one of them, we will look together at some options for this, such as creative exercises, worksheets and/or embodiment practices. But this isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine: I am happy to be led by my clients on whether this is something they’d like to be part of their therapeutic process and journey.
What will the format of the sessions be?
The pace, direction and content of the session is always decided by you. There is no set format or structure, but a common pattern is: a short check-in at the start of the session, where you’re free to share as much or as little about how you’ve been since I saw you last; the core of the session, which could involve a topic or experience you’ve been thinking about, a continuation of material from a previous session, or an organic exploration of whatever else you might want to talk about that day; then a short check-out towards the end, where I’ll usually invite you to reflect on how you feel and identify any steps actions you might want to take based on the session material. During this time we’ll also sort any admin tasks such as payment and booking our next session.
What's your approach for working with queers, kinksters and/or sex workers?
I am queer and proud, and Rebel Therapy is a queer practice! You do not have to identify as queer to come to me for therapy, but I take massive pride in creating safe, accepting and affirming therapeutic containers for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. My understanding of queer is best summed up by this bell hooks quote, which explores “queer as not about who you’re having sex with… but as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it, and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.”
In line with this, I regularly engage with specialist training, development, reading and research around what’s sometimes referred to as GRSD (Gender, Relationship and Sexual Diversity) – in part to better support my clients and in part because I am so passionate about these subjects.
Equally, Rebel Therapy is a safe, accepting and welcoming space for exploring identities and material related to kink/BDSM and/or ENM (ethical non-monogamy). If you’re exploring these areas, one of my favourite resources is David Ortmann’s book Sexual Outsiders.
Sex workers are also welcome and affirmed at Rebel Therapy.
What's your approach for working with issues related to body image, disordered eating or exercise?
I love supporting clients to be more able to accept and love their bodies. But it might be useful for you to know that my training in this area is from the London Centre of Intuitive Eating (LCIE). In line with this training, I am committed to the HAES (Health at Every Size) approach, which seeks to increase body acceptance, challenge fatphobia, and empower people to make lifestyle choices that support their health whatever their body shape, weight or size. With this approach in mind, I am unlikely to be the right fit for you if you are seeking therapy as a tool to support you with dieting or weight loss.
What's your approach for working with disability and/or neurodiversity?
I believe in the social model of disability, which describes people as being disabled by barriers in society, not by their condition, impairment or difference. Disabled and neurodivergent clients may wish to use therapy to explore and process the often-harmful impacts of navigating ableist attitudes, environments and systems, or to explore other material altogether. I will always let you lead on this, and there will be no pressure to explore specific content or work in a particular way.
While I myself am relatively able-bodied and neurotypical (with all the privileges that this brings), I have an invisible disability, and several disabled and autistic family members – so I have a degree of familiarity with navigating ableism and complex access requirements. I recognise that lived experience of neurodivergence and disability is unique to each individual, and welcome clients to share as much or little around this as feels comfortable for them.
If you have specific access needs you would like me to be aware of, please mention these during our consultation and we can chat about if and how we can work with them.
Are there any circumstances where we couldn't work together?
I am currently only working with adults aged eighteen and above.
I have an ethical commitment to work within my competency and training. That means that as part of our initial consultation, I will be assessing whether I feel I have the relevant skills and experience to support you. There are some diagnoses and conditions that may require specialist support, and if I feel you would be better supported by another practitioner or service, I will recommend this during our consultation.
If there is any conflict of interest such as mutual acquaintances, we may not be able to work together, but this is something that can be discussed at consultation if necessary.
I have a policy to not work with clients who are already working with another therapist or counsellor, as this can be counterproductive and potentially overwhelming for the client.
I am currently only working with clients based in the UK and Ireland. Exceptions may be made for during short-term international travel by clients usually based in the UK and Ireland, but this would need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
I am not currently working with perpetrators of domestic or sexual violence.
What if I can't afford it?
During my time as a therapist, I’ve done a lot of pro-bono work, including years of volunteering in a school and women’s centre. However, I am currently unable to offer free or discounted sessions. I believe valuing and charging for my time makes me a better therapist by protecting me against burnout and allowing me to continue investing in my ongoing training and development. I recognise that this position will make my work inaccessible to some, and will update this page in future as I continue to explore ways I can balance my own needs with making my work more accessible.
There are a number of charities, non-profits and community organisations providing free, donation-based and/or affordable therapy and mental health support. Some options you may wish to explore include Black Minds Matter, LGBT Foundation, 42nd Street and Talk Listen Change.
I'm not sure you're the right fit for me. Can you recommend someone else?
Jane supported me through the most challenging, upsetting and stressful time of my life. She's fantastic.
I am so grateful for the guidance and skills Jane gave me and I'm ending our sessions feeling so strong. I've come so far and feel much happier and more resilient: Jane does amazing work that has truly changed my life.
An absolute godsend! I can't thank you enough for all your support over the last weeks. This experience will stay with me for life: a safe, non-judgemental environment where I was able to work through some very difficult stuff with an insightful and extremely helpful human! Jane is very respectful, easy to trust and talk to, and just very lovely. Immensely beneficial.
Jane's input has been fantastic. She is an amazing woman who has helped me get to a place I never thought possible. Her knowledge is massive and her manner patient and welcoming. She made me feel at ease in every session, and gave me emotional help that has been paramount to my recovery.