Jodie Reece - Lead Counsellor
I was born in Newport and grew up in Caldicot with my parents and two siblings. I then moved to Cardiff for three years to go to university where I studied for my BA in Criminal and Community Justice. Once I had finished University, I moved to Dubai to work and from Dubai travelled to many different countries all over the world. I stayed in Dubai for four years where, whilst travelling for work, and got to experience so much and had the opportunity to adapt to things that were unfamiliar and unusual, this made me become independent and have a new type of freedom and it enabled me to be open to new exciting challenges. I experienced so many wonderful things and met so many different people from all over the world whom I keep in touch with today. I learnt about new cultures, and ways of life. The life experience I gained from living in Dubai was amazing and made a real difference to how I live my life today as it changed my whole perspective on what I wanted to do in the future. When I returned home, I got married and had my two children. Once back in the UK I began studying to be a counsellor and took a placement at Cyfannol Women’s Aid. After completing my Level 3 Counselling Diploma I became a Counsellor for them. I have been a counsellor for Women’s Aid now for just over three years. They have been a great organisation to work for and I have really enjoyed helping those who have needed support through very difficult times. I felt as though I was able to make a real difference.
Diploma Course in Relationship Counselling (2021)
Diploma in Counselling Level 5 (2020)
Diploma in Counselling Level 4 (2019)
Diploma in Counselling Level 3 (2018)
Hypnotherapy Level 3 Diploma (2017)
Diploma in Counselling Level 3 (2017)
Ba in Criminal and Community Justice (2005)
Combined Health and safety training – Anchor Hanover
First Aid – Anchor Hanover
Data Protection – Anchor Hanover
Safeguarding Adults and Children - Anchor Hanover
Sexual Abuse – Women’s Aid
Sexual Trauma - Women’s Aid
Sexual Violence - Women’s Aid
Emotional Abuse - Women’s Aid
Financial Abuse - Women’s Aid
Trauma - Women’s Aid
Crisis intervention - Women’s Aid
Depression Counselling Diploma: Advanced Level – Learn Direct
How to control and stop Anxiety and Panic Attacks - Udemy
Throughout my journey to becoming a counsellor I have worked for Cyfannol Women’s Aid which has been a fantastic experience and it has also been challenging. I have dealt with some extremely complex cases which has helped me gain a great deal of experience in many different areas of mental health. I worked with a variety of different individuals which suffered from a variety of different issues, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic disorders and panic attacks, low self-esteem, victims of sexual, mental, emotional, physical, and financial abuse, relationship issues, nightmares, phobias and many more. I have gained invaluable experience at my time at Women’s Aid. I made the decision recently to leave my position at Woman’s Aid to embark on a new adventure and join Sandercombe Psychology services, which I am very excited about as I want to help those within my local community offering counselling support. In addition, I also work part-time as a wellbeing officer and counsellor for a housing association.
Special Clinical Interests:
Special interests, in addition to my counselling qualifications I have done a further diploma in couples relationship therapy. I found that my course did not cover this in enough detail for myself to feel confident enough to really work with couples, but I knew that this was a real interest of mine. Know I have completed this course it has given me even more knowledge and experience when working with couples and it really is a great interest of mine.
As an integrative counsellor I see many different individuals come to therapy for a variety of reasons. My background so far has involved working with a vast range of different individuals helping to treat conditions such as loneliness, relationship issues both individual or as a couple, experiencing crisis, low self-esteem, stress, worry, phobias, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, domestic abuse and sexual abuse.
Understanding the clients need and goals allows myself to use different approaches and techniques that will suit each individual client.
I offer a safe non-judgemental space allowing the client to explore and identify causes and gain new insights into the way the client is feeling, bringing about change and them being able to live their life in a more positive way. I have worked with clients on a long term and short-term basis depending on what suits the client’s individual needs best.
The different models I integrate into my practice include, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Integrative, Humanistic/Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Mindfulness
I am registered with and a member of The National Counselling Society (NCS) as a registered counsellor and abide by all their ethical principles and codes of conduct.
I have a full enhanced DBS check and Professional Liability Insurance.
Cost per fifty-minute session: £60 for individual therapy, £70 for couples therapy.