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Jacqui Rushmer, Counsellor

I qualified as an Integrated Counsellor from Huntingdon Regional College in 2004 and have worked in a professional capacity for over 11 years. In addition I have specialist Counselling training in Bereavement and Loss which was undertaken in Cambridge. Currently I am in the final year of a BSc (Honours) Degree in Psychology with the Open University.

As an Integrated Counsellor I have training in a number of approaches and modalities including humanistic, existential, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapies. This enables me to adapt my way of working that best suits the clients and all that they bring to the sessions.

I have various experience of working with bereaved families, children and adolescents in both a hospice setting and charitable organisations. I also have experience of working with adolescents and young people in a specialist counselling service and as a Secondary school Counsellor. I currently have a private practice in addition to my work with Petals.

I work for Petals because I truly believe in the process of transition and change within grief and loss. Grief is a natural process, but sometimes the emotional impact can be overwhelming and have a great affect on relationships, past attachments and life in general. Petals offer the opportunity for these feelings to be worked through.  Individuals and couples that have experienced loss and trauma during pregnancy and birth can, with support and guidance, begin to process their experience and slowly learn how to live with and manage their emotional responses in a new way. In counselling I offer a warm and caring relationship and a safe space to talk, to enable you to begin to make sense of the many confusing emotions that are present. Having a greater and deeper understanding and personal meaning often makes it possible to move forward with belief and trust that you can still have a positive future.