“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…..and unspeakable love”
– Washington Irving.
Hello, and a very warm welcome to my therapy practice. Jan Billington, FDA: MBACP.
My name is Jan, I am an experienced, qualified clinical counselling psychotherapist.
I practice from a Person-Centred Approach to therapy, underpinned by the values of empathic understanding, acceptance and congruence.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This means I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and I attend monthly supervision.
I hold a current enhanced DBS disclosure.
In addition to my private practice, I work in the voluntary sector for a local charitable counselling service, I chose this organisation because I wanted to give something back to the community and to the area I grew up.
I am located within easy access of the M6, M61 and M65. The therapy room is situated in a calm and tranquil location, overlooking gardens; in close proximity to a nature reserve.
Preston Lancashire PR5
From an early age, it was apparent that I was motivated to help people, in the beginning as a qualified teacher, then subsequently working for twenty years in an NHS Mental Health organisation and finally by gaining my professional qualification in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
It was during my own experience of counselling, that really had an impact on me. Having the opportunity to speak to someone about my thoughts and emotions with no judgement, gave me the confidence to open up about how I was feeling. I was able to gain a greater understanding about myself and began to look at things from a different viewpoint.
This positive experience helped to shape the person I am today and because of it, I began my own journey to becoming a counsellor. I now offer that ‘safe space’ for clients to explore their feelings, and in doing so help them to gain a better perspective.
I am passionate about my work, and I believe we all possess the capacity to heal ourselves through therapeutic interventions.
Person-centred therapy uses an approach that allows you to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, you will discover your own solutions. I act as a caring facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging your experience without moving the conversation in another direction. I am there to encourage and support you and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with your process of self-discovery.
I understand the importance of choosing a counsellor who you feel you could ‘connect with’ and whilst this can be daunting, it can be one of the best choices in life you can make. As a humanistic therapist, I offer a warm and friendly, non-judgemental environment, where you are free to share your inner thoughts.
If you would like to gain more self-confidence, and an ability to build healthy interpersonal relationships, then you could benefit from person-centred therapy.
The person-centred approach, alone or in combination with other types of therapy, is also helpful for those who are suffering from grief and loss through bereavement, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, low-mood, abuse, bullying, health issues, work related problems, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Eco-therapy means ‘restoring and developing wellbeing through connection with nature’. Connecting with nature in this way can have lots of positive health benefits.
It helps to improve mental health and wellbeing, whilst studies show that being in nature reduces anger, anxiety and stress. Spending time in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, paying attention on purpose to the present moment, being aware. It can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
I offer this walking/talking service, which is a relatively new approach to counselling. There are many benefits to this approach, particularly for those who are feeling disconnected with life in general.
If you feel this may be of benefit to you, we can discuss this during your initial consultation.
Our first session will be to explore and identify how you are feeling and what issues are currently causing you concern. We will discuss what you wish to gain from therapy and how we can work together to achieve that goal. Throughout counselling, you will always have complete autonomy as to the direction you wish to take in exploring any difficulties you are currently experiencing.
Counselling Face to Face session (50 minutes) – £40
EcoTherapy (50 minutes) – £40
Payment please by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Please give as much notice as possible when cancelling or changing a session. If you provide less than 24 hours’ notice for a cancellation, you will be charged for this session.
FDA in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
Adult Teacher Training Qualification
CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Sudden and Traumatic Death
Sexual Trauma – Neurobiology of intimate interpersonal trauma and