Jen Tomkinson (MBACP):
My name is Jen Tomkinson, i am a qualified MBACP registered person-centred therapist working at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.
I offer individual therapy to adults on a short and long-term basis to help with a range of issues. I have nearly a decade of experience providing counselling in different settings. I have worked in further education, young adult wellbeing services, LGBTQ charities and in mental health charities. As well as my private practice I also facilitate reflective practice for staff at a homeless charity based in London.
I have a particular interest and experience in working with LGBTQ+ clients and young people (over 18), and those experiencing mental health difficulties. I have experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, coming out as LGBTQ+, gender identity confusion, depression, relationship difficulties, abuse and trauma, lack of motivation, bereavement, hearing voices, loneliness, self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
As a person-centred therapist I believe that as a client you are the expert on your own experiences, and that my role is to facilitate the process of you developing a deeper understanding of yourself and reconnecting with your potential. The relationship between counsellor and client is fundamental to therapy. I offer an accepting, understanding and genuine relationship, and a space that is yours.
Being truly listened to without judgement can be a rare experience, one that counselling can give you.
How We Will Work Together
I offer person-centred counselling, providing three core conditions in therapy which allow you as the client to share your story:
- Unconditional positive regard: being accepting and non-judgemental
- Empathy: understanding the perspective of another person
- Congruence: being genuine, open and honest
We all have an in-built ability to grow and develop in order to reach our potential but this can get distorted or interrupted by our experiences. Counselling is an opportunity to reconnect with our potential, explore what matters most and understand ourselves better.
My postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy was completed at York St John University, a course that is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The BACP is the main professional body for psychotherapy, counselling and talking therapies in the UK.
Following qualification I have completed various training courses to develop my knowledge further on subjects including Trauma, Domestic Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Hoarding, Supporting people who hear voices, Bereavement, and Motivational Interviewing.
I offer an initial on-off assessment for us to meet and discuss how we might work together, at a reduced rate.
- Assessment (50 minutes): £50.
- Ongoing therapy sessions (50 minutes): £55