Jackie Parkes MBACP

0121 454 2209

07796 836739

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Jackie Parkes Counsellor  B.A., Dip Counselling , Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Face to Face Counselling Birmingham available in Harborne and Quinton.

At the moment telephone and video link counselling are available due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

"There are as many nights as days , and the one is just as long as the other in the years course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy ' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness" Carl Jung

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To discuss how counselling may benefit you please contact Jackie Parkes on tel: 0121 454 2209 or mob: 07796 836739 or email: info@circle-counselling-birmingham.co.uk


We all face anxiety; anxiety is basic to life, some anxiety is useful and can heighten our responses and reactions, helping us to deal with stressful situations.  Sometimes the anxiety can be prolonged, it can feel as though it is has taken over and thus get in the way of being able to cope with the problem. It can interfere with aspects of day to day life.  For some people anxiety is a major problem. Anxiety implies something close to a feeling of dread.

I have worked with many people who have experienced anxiety. Counselling can help develop ways of managing anxiety by learning to take perspective. For example, it can help by enabling you to develop/ reconnect with your senses of ability and strength i.e. by learning to step outside of the situation or to be in it and outside it at the same time and to learn a particular way of reflection. 

Counselling can then support you to engage with your anxiety i.e. to develop supportive self talk, self care.  

Sometimes more in-depth exploration and understanding is required to work with the roots of a problem.  In my experience, how we handle anxiety will often depend on the degree of psychological security we have managed to develop throughout life.  Uncertainty and a feeling of helplessness can help generate feelings of anxiety. Survival, security, self esteem, fear of judgement, loss and fear of loss and separation, are all states that can be connected to anxiety.