A Bit About Jane
I came into my career as a psychotherapist because I know how important it is at different times in our lives to be able to get appropriate help. The key to getting that assistance is our ability to ask for help when we need it.
Learning to ask for help is a skill that few of us are taught growing up, but it feels so necessary to me. I don’t know why we feel that we must do it all on our own and even experience shame at the thought of needing help. Life is difficult. We don’t have all the answers.
People who care for us may be very happy to help, if they can, when we ask. There are many people trained in a variety of different therapies that can be enormously helpful to us. Sometimes we need a trained person who is not close to our circle of friends and family to give us what we need.
The key to it all is being willing to ask for help. There is so much help available within ourselves in terms of our body, feelings, mind and many other aspects like the inner child, our Higher Self or the various subpersonalities that inhabit us. In addition to that we can ask for help from nature, the Divine, the Spirit world, angels, helpful guides and teachers, but we have to ask. Nobody can offer help if we don’t ask.
We don’t need to believe in or have had experience with any or all of those things but sometimes having a focal point when asking for help can lead to what we may need or an unexpected source of help.
When people learn to ask for the assistance that is available on so many levels, there is a good deal of comfort and support that they feel. I really appreciate seeing people build this support for themselves and I am very happy to help them to do so.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am a senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and was first accredited in 1990. I am also a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a founder member of the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP).
I have done a monthly phone-in programme on London Talkback Radio, as a radio counsellor and appeared on Health Matters, a television programme with Ruby Wax. I have worked on help-lines following television programmes with disturbing content. In the early 1990s I worked on the Supportive Care Team in Hammersmith Hospital with cancer patients and dying patients. I have also been a trainer for the Institute for the Healing of Racism and have developed and run a variety of workshops for groups of people interested in personal development.
What else have I done?
Dancing in the Heart of Life
I have written articles for various publications, including:
Because I worked a lot with singers and performers at one time I was mentioned in articles in:
My first book The Magic of Tofu was published in the UK in 1983 when I was teaching natural food cooking classes to help people improve their health.
I have had a wide range of experiences, both joyful and horrific, about which I have written in my autobiography, Dancing in the Heart of Life, which includes sections enabling the reader to explore for themselves many of life’s issues. I continue to write and publish.
I have had many years of experience working as a therapist in private practice with people who have a variety of issues that they wish to better understand. I also work with trainee counsellors and clients through employee assistance and with privately insured clients.
I have taken extensive courses to nurture my intuition at the world renowned College of Psychic Studies in London which began in 1884 as an organisation to explore consciousness beyond matter. In recent years I have completed a Certificate in Clinical Supervision from the Centre for Supervision and Team Development, London.