Jennifer Stephenson (pictured) arrived on Island on Saturday 7 November 2015 to undertake her role as a Counsellor with the Safeguarding Directorate. Jennifer will be on St Helena for a period of six months, with a view to a possible extension.
Jennifer aims to offer one-to-one sessions in a safe, comfortable and private environment to discuss issues and develop solutions for those on Island suffering from anxiety, depression, abuse, low self-esteem, or any other emotional or psychological concern.
“The first thing I would like to do is to try and understand St Helena and its culture as much as possible and to really understand what it is that the people of the Island would like from me. Hopefully I can then start to build up the public’s trust so that they feel comfortable in talking to me.”
Jennifer will have the capacity to see a maximum of fourteen people a week, supporting anyone who thinks they could benefit from counselling, as well as offering support to those going through the Court system. The service is fully independent, meaning that information is not passed on to Social Services, the Police or any other agencies.
Jennifer has worked as a counsellor for four years after completing a BSc Psychology Degree and then an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked in schools, children’s homes, and also set up a counselling service for people in their homes who were unable to access counselling due to poor health, mobility issues, or caring responsibilities. She has also supported 12-18 year olds residing in care due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
“I have amassed a good amount of knowledge to support a wide range of people and issues, but I am also aware of my limitations and always want to learn more and grow.
“I see people as individuals and always have an open mind and a non-judgemental attitude – counselling is a journey we take together.”
Those interested in taking a counselling session or just to have an informal chat can contact Jennifer on 22713 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After an initial appointment, a private mobile number will be given to ensure privacy and confidentiality.
23 November 2015