Jacqueline Bentley Jungian Analysis, Psychotherapy and Short Term Counselling in West London

Jungian Analysis, Psychotherapy and short term counselling in West London

Some times we feel that our lives are basically good, but something has happened to derail us:

    a bereavement,
    work stress,
    a relationship issue,
    anger,
    depression,
    career issues
    Sometimes we struggle with longer term issues:
    relationships,
    character traits we feel impede our relationships and careers
    we are complicated beings!


SHORT TERM COUNSELLING
can help us get back on track. In counselling we usually focus on one aspect - the thing that brought you to therapy. However my view is that everything interconnects and it can be very hard to say - well we will work on your anger, but not on relationships. Afterall - how would that work? You probably get angry in relationships, and maybe because of things that have happened to you - so we have to be prepared to see the thing that brought you to therapy as a piece of a jigsaw, pay attention to that, but be interested in the whole picture too. I have 30 years of experience working with people in this way, in GP counselling services, Private Practice and Employee Assistance Programmes, and as a Jungian Analyst and Analytical Psychologist. I am constantly excited and impacted by how much movement and change people.



Some of us feel that that we have not been living our lives to the full; some of us even feel that we have never quite found ourselves. This is where
JUNGIAN ANALYSIS and PSYCHOTHERAPY are more appropriate.
Jungian Analysts - Carl Jung called us Analytical Psychologists - are interested in all the ways we communicate and know things. This means the things that are just out of awareness too. As well as talking about our lives, we also look at dreams, images and symbols to help us decode what our unconscious is trying to help us know. This is often really interesting and fun - and to be honest, sometimes difficult. But we go at a pace that feels safe to you and you will come to trust the work we are doing together. Trusting might well be a really important issue to look at. Most of us have trouble with trust, we have felt betrayed at times in the past, and it takes time to feel secure. We will use our relationship as a sort of mini experiment - how we are together will give us information about how you are in relationships out in the world. One of the big differences is that when the going gets tough, as it does in any relationship, we stick in there. We have made a commitment to one another to use what happens - misunderstandings, getting angry, feeling dependent for a while. Because we keep going and continue to try and unravel the ball of wool that is ourselves, there is the opportunity for tremendous insight and growth.

I have a special interest in working with:
ADULT WOMEN WITH ASPERGERS/HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM. This is more recognised nowadadys. However, those of us over 30 yrs old, let alone over 50 yrs old will never have considered it, or had it suggested to us as children. It may be only when our children or grandchildren start to be diagnosed, that we wonder - does that apply to me too. The understanding of asperger's in women has also changed drastically in recent years. If you feel it might apply to you, do come along and discuss the possibility. Most people find it a huge relief to understand that there is nothing wrong with them - they are just wired differently!

SKYPE/ZOOM SESSIONS
I am happy to discuss working with Skype or zoom if you feel unable to get to my rooms.


I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy and analysis in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I belong to various professional associations - the Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA), the IAAP, the UKCP and I am a senior member of BACP. I abide by their stringent codes of ethics.


I offer both day and evening appts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:
-Brentford, West London which is in easy reach of Chiswick, Acton, Ealing and Sunbury. Close to South Ealing Station on the Picadilly Line, and served by a number of buses, 65, 237, 267, from Shepherds Bush, Gunnersbury, Chiswick, and Hounslow. There is easy parking.

ONE SOURCE OF BAD INFORMATION

There's a boy in you about three
Years old who hasn't learned a thing for thirty
Thousand years. Sometimes it's a girl.

This child had to make up its mind
How to save you from death. He said things like:
'Stay home. Avoid elevators. Eat only elk'.

You live with this child, but you don't know it.
You're in the office, yes, but live with this boy
At night. He's uninformed, but he does want

To save your life. And he has. Because of this boy
You survived a lot. He's got six big ideas.
Five don't work. Right now he's repeating them to you.
Robert Bly


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