What to expect when working with me
I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for individuals and couples to explore and find a way forward with their relationship issues. It could be within a monogamous or non-monogamous relationship. It may be that you are having issues navigating through your own sexual landscape or exploring your sexual self.
My approach uniquely combining over 25 years of skills, expertise and experience from counselling, coaching and education to develop an expertise as a Relationship Therapist & Sex Educator.
I use a purposeful mix of active listening, relevant psycho-education and proven interventions from psychotherapy, counselling and coaching. I believe education offers transformation so that forms a key aspect of my approach.
I am trauma, somatic and psychosexually informed which enables me to approach working with you in a holistic way. All aspects of you are interconnected: you body, your mind and your energy body. Of which, is influenced by your social and cultural background. Hence, no one person on this planet is the same no matter what similar experience they have had.
Counselling and psychotherapy traditionally deals with understanding and overcoming issues/events from the past and how it is impacting the present 'here and now'. Whereas, coaching is more about change and action in the present so you are actively creating what you want in the future. Maybe the best way to describe the way I work is solution focused whilst developing awareness and resolution of issues from the past.
Working with couples
When working with a couple, I am not working with each individual as the client is now the relationship. I aim to be objective in my approach and not take sides.
If it is decided it would be beneficial to work individually to resolve personal issues, then this will be done in a way that does not create bias in the therapeutic relationship.
It is my hope that our work can bring partners together with more awareness that can be used to develop a healthy, fulfilling relationship. However, it may be that the couple decide the best option is to part so then the focus of the counselling will be on separating in the kindest way for both partners.
Whatever the outcome, my hope is to offer a transformation that is the best solution for the relationship.
Qualifications and Experiences
January 2023 Working with Partners of Sex & Porn Addiction/Compulsivity Paula Hall Online Masterclass
October 2022 - June 2023 Psychosexual Certification Tavistock Relationships
February 2022 - The Breakthrough Experience On-line Dr John Demartini The Demartini Institute
November 2021 - Effective Safeguarding Supervision in Education Safeguarding Support UK
March - September 2021: Create Your Destiny, Alchemy for Success Creative Warrior, Mastery – Natural Success Academy William Whitecloud On-line based in USA
2021: The Couples Counselling Toolkit – The Counselling Academy
2021 Superconscious Mastery: transformation, Intuition and Creation Chris Duncan-Conscious Education On-line based in Australia
2020 – 2021: Magnetic Mind Certified Coach Chris Duncan -Conscious Education
2020: Accredited Online and Telephone Counselling Course Counselling Tutor
2020: Understanding Sex Addiction from a BioPsychoSocial Perspective The Laurel Centre
2019 – 2020: BSc (Hons) Counselling – Grief and loss; Working with couples Staffordshire University
2017: CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children Place2Be Manchester
2016 – 2018: Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Diploma Warrington Collegiate
2017 – 2018: Gestalt Therapy Foundation Course Manchester Gestalt Centre
2017: BRIEF Solution Focused Practice Foundation Course BRIEF – Salford University
2016: Understanding and Working with Child Loss & Bereavement in Counselling and Helping Relationships Open Awards Alder Centre, Alder Hey Hospital
2016: Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Children Place2Be Manchester
1997: Post Graduate Certificate in Education
1996: BSc (Hons) Geography and IT
My work experiences:
2021 - Present Founder of Janet Simpson Therapy (Formally Choose to Make Life Easier)
2016 - 2022 Part time counsellor of hospital staff and child bereaved clients at the Alder Centre, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool – A centre for anyone affected by child death
2021 - 2021 Safeguarding Supervisor in a primary school in Liverpool.
2017 - 2019 Two years as a school child counsellor
1997 - 2016 Primary school teacher at St Basil's Primary in Widnes
Accredited member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists -BACP.
I attend monthly clinical supervision. Fully insured with an up-to-date DBS.
I have really enjoyed working with Janet. She is professional, insightful and very knowledgeable. I have tried many different modalities before but what I liked with Janet's method was that although there was an acknowledgement of the past and areas were I was stuck in life, the focus was on the positive future I wanted to create. I was empowered to make my own choices on how I wanted to live my life.
The session content was thorough and not superficial, yet the focus is not about constantly un-picking the painful past. Janet's method constructively helped me move forward in my life so I am creating my best life. She will do this for you.
All this and done with so much compassion and humour.
I would totally recommend her to anyone and everyone.
Thank you, Janet xx,
Yvonne H, Liverpool UK
Please note I do not offer a suicide, domestic violence, or addiction emergency service. If you are struggling the Samaritans offer a free service: Samaritans.org or Ring 116 123 or Text SHOUT to 85258