JANINE McCAFFERTY,  (FdA, MBACP),  Compassionate Counsellor

Compassionate therapy to enhance your personal well-being and relationships

The Counselling Process

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My Counselling Approach

I am interested in hearing about what’s worrying you, and how this is impacting on you, and your life. I will listen without judging or telling you what to do. Hearing how things are from your perspective helps me to understand what is painful, and what matters most to you. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable, and hard to talk about certain things, so I will respect the pace and depth at which you choose to work.

I believe in working collaboratively. By combining your expert knowledge of yourself, with my support, therapeutic skill and knowledge, I will help you to gain new insight into why you feel the way you do. This often results in feeling better in yourself, increased confidence, and an ability to live life with more ease.

I use an integrative counselling approach. In basic terms, this means I use more than one theoretical model, and integrate those models to create my counselling approach. I use person-centred and psychodynamic therapeutic models. For more information about these therapy models, please see this page covering types of therapy.  

Counselling Sessions

In our first session, we will look at what’s worrying you, and consider this in the wider context of your life. We will take some time to talk about what you’re looking to achieve, and whether counselling can help. After this, you may choose to continue with further sessions, however, you are under no obligation to do so.

Subsequent sessions are on a weekly basis, and we can continue to meet for as long as you feel it is helpful. Alternatively, we can arrange a fixed number of sessions, if you prefer. We will review our progress at regular intervals, to ensure that you are getting what you need from the sessions.

My practice is based at The Isbourne Holistic Centre , in Cheltenham, for face-to-face counselling, which is how I normally work. If this isn’t convenient, then I’m happy to discuss telephone/Skype sessions.

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How I Can Help

I help people who are experiencing a period of distress in their life or with long-standing issues. I have successfully worked with clients to help navigate common difficulties such as stress, anxiety, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, depression, and lack of meaning or direction in life.

Difficulties in life can be wide-ranging, so if something is troubling you, please contact me to discuss if counselling can help.


My fees are £45 for a 50 minute counselling session.

Fees are payable at the end of each session, and can be made in cash, cheque or via bank transfer.

An initial, no obligation, telephone consultation is free.