Jen Wood

Psychotherapist & Associate

jen@balancedminds.com

 

Jen is a psychotherapist, coach and mindfulness teacher with specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Schema Therapy. She believes that everyone has the inner resources to find relief from anxiety, stress and fear which can be caused by work or life pressures or health challenges. Sometimes, though, life feels overwhelming; one in four people in the UK live with stress, anxiety or depression. As our desire to have, be and do more increases, so our pace of life can become more frantic. It’s at times like this that we need help to get back in balance and rediscover our zest for life. Jen empowers people to reconnect with their inner resources, to overcome life’s challenges and live life to the full.

Jen uses compassion in her personal practice, as well as in her therapeutic work, coaching and mindfulness teaching. She now chooses to work in a compassion focused way, because she has found it so helpful both personally and professionally. Her CBT and mindfulness teaching training also had a strong compassion focused component.

She has experience of 12 years of leading a therapy service within a palliative care setting, and 11 years leading a service in a centre for children with special needs, and their families. She has worked in a perinatal mental health service, and now works in private practice.

She is skilled in helping people with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and pain, as well as burnout, work and relationship difficulties, trauma, self-harm and shame.

Jen aims to create a safe, warm and non-judgemental space to support people to explore their difficulties and find ways to create positive change and reconnect with their inner resources.

Aside from her therapeutic work, she has a wide experience of life, having taught English in schools, run international festivals and conferences and worked as a clinical hypnotherapist.

Jen enjoys the outdoors, yoga, meditation and spending time with her fox red Labradors.

Qualifications and Training:
2019 – Introductory training in Compassion Focused Therapy
2019 – Mindfulness Teacher
2018 – Self Compassion in Psychotherapy
2018 – Supervisor Training
2018 – Schema Therapy Training
2017 – Advanced Clinical Skills
2016 – Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach
2016 – Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication Training
2016 – Diploma Life Coaching
2013 – Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
2012 – Master Practitioner NLP Coaching
1995 – PGCE English
1991 – MA Hons (English)

 

Registration and accreditation:
Mindfulness Association Mindfulness Teacher
Working towards accreditation with BABCP