Amiable, affable, friendly, empathetic, a listener who doesn’t just listen but someone who understands and uses that understanding to lead you to a better, happier place. These have been some of the qualities attributed to me. My name is Jacqueline Castle and I bring many of my life’s experiences to my work as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
I have enjoyed married life for many years and brought up a family – two grown up children and grandchildren. My business background is over 45 years – 23 years running a lawn turf business, then my own party plan and beauty salon for sixteen years. Within this time, I became a teacher in Beauty Therapy and, whilst working, heard many people’s stories (some quite troubling) so I decided to train to become a counsellor.
I trained at RCA in 1999, then went on to complete a further advanced Diploma at the Grove in Southampton and finished this off at Exeter University in 2006, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have also trained in many organisations with sexual-related issues and been interested in issues of domestic violence for 30 years and have worked with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence for over 20 years. I continue to do this with training every year.
I have had five years experience with an organisation in Dorset and worked closely with a drug and alcoholic client base, working within groups, drop-ins and on a one-to-one basis. I have set up groups to help others who may have been affected by drug or alcoholic addictions, and also carried out some group work within a domestic violence client base at a local organisation.
At this point a rest was needed and I went into working with young adults from the age of 14-24 within schools, drop-ins and anger management and then as a support worker. I felt it was right at this stage for me to incorporate all my skills and set up my own practise that I run from home. I work to the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) principles and guidelines within my ethical framework. The UKAHPP is my governing body that I belong to for standards and codes of practice as well as the National Counselling Society.
So how does psychotherapy work?
It all starts with a simple conversation, a conversation that breaks down barriers and that launches the insights needed to plan a positive direction for you. It is often the case that a client will come with a specific issue (maybe depression or addiction) but through discussion we will find that there are far deeper areas to explore. We all carry baggage throughout our lives, gathering stuff that we don’t need on the way, and often part of the healing process is revisiting where that initial baggage came from and why we acquire negativity and toxicity.
As a psychotherapist, based in Hampshire, it is my job to identify these events and situations and help provide a solution.
Would you like to talk to professional psychotherapist Jacquie, based in Hampshire? Then phone Jacquie on 07733 454 790 or send her an email.