Jackie, you were a massive part of my early recovery and a source of inspiration to this day.
Trauma can be defined as a person’s response to an unusual unexpected event or series of events, or a misuse of power or control that causes deep distress.
Trauma can be:
- Acute – from a single distressing event such as an accident, assault, natural disaster or something that has happened within your work or family environment
- Chronic – from exposure over an extended period to multiple, long-term and/or prolonged distressing events, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or bullying
- Complex – from exposure to multiple traumatic events or experiences, such as childhood abuse, satanic abuse, religious abuse or family disputes
- Vicarious (also known as Secondary Trauma) – from indirect exposure to a traumatic event, such as witnessing a road traffic accident, house fire or abuse of another person.
When you’ve gone through something traumatic, it can seem like you’ll never feel safe again. It may also contribute to symptoms of depression, panic or anxiety.
But whether the trauma happened yesterday or years ago, with expert therapeutic support you can find a way to heal, to address painful memories, to understand and minimise any painful, recurring emotions, and to move on.
Have you experienced something that overwhelmed you and now you are finding it difficult to move on?
Do you feel constantly on edge and can no longer relax? Is it hard for you to enjoy the good things in your life? Do you dissociate? That is, do you sometimes feel detached from your body or feel as though the world around you is unreal?
Do you wonder if you are suffering symptoms of unresolved trauma and have no idea what to do about this? Perhaps you have been too anxious to even consider therapy?
If you would like support in processing and getting past what has happened to you, as a BACP therapist experienced in this area, I can help.
Jacqueline Colligan, BA (Hons), MSc, Dip Couns. MBACP
Counselling & Psychotherapy
I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, trained in London, educated to Masters Degree level, and a professionally registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Originally, I worked in Behavioural Healthcare Science and Organisational Psychology as a Public Health Academic, lecturing and researching at Newcastle University Medical School and on the University of Durham MBA Programme. As a result, I have authored numerous academic papers on changing health behaviours, and have several high ranking publications in these fields of study.
Where I have worked, and my specialisms
Where I’ve Worked
I have worked across several organisations including the NHS, Prison Services, Community Drug and Alcohol Services, charitable and private agencies, and private rehab clinics.
I have also been a key member of Heal for Life over the past five years which helps clients heal from trauma and abuse. More recently, I have been featured on TV’s ‘The Woman Show’ live as an invited expert, answering questions and giving support on sexual issues and sex addiction.
Currently I do sessional work in London City & Greater London, Tynemouth (NE30), Newcastle upon Tyne, and Online.
- all addictions
- anxiety disorders
- personality disorders
- relationship counselling.
Also, I have specialist expertise in:
- post-cult counselling
- dissociative disorders and
- factitious disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience.
I have worked as a successful academic in the field of behaviour change with several high ranked publications. Practising within a humanistic and psychodynamic perspective, I am trained in group therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and one-to-one therapy. I also have a specialist interest in behaviour change, addiction and trauma.
Educated to Masters Degree level, and I hold individual membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
● MSc Behavioural Healthcare Science. University of Newcastle. 2001.
● Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (L4). Lambeth College London. 2012 to 2015.
● DBT Training. 12 week intensive with US Trainers. 2015. UKAT Training.
● Certificate in Dealing with Distress, Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation. Carolyn Spring Training. June 2020.
● Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. June 2020
● Addictions Therapist. Open Road, Essex. 2014 to 2015
● Addictions Therapist. Sanctuary Lodge, Essex. 2015 to 2017
● Addiction Therapist. Promis, Kent 2017 to 2020
Connect on social media
Just wanted to say sorry I didn’t get to see you before you left. It was a real pleasure working with you. You have a great way of working with clients
Hopefully our paths will cross sometime best of luck in the future.
After many years, 30 plus in fact of crippling addiction, an addiction that escalated to many life-threatening experiences, I finally surrendered to the powerlessness of my situation and reached out for help.
I was incredibly fortunate to find Jackie. Jackie became my focal therapist in residential rehabilitation.
I spent many months under the care of a person who worked tirelessly to unravel my troubled mind.
To say that I am eternally grateful doesn’t begin to do justice to someone who literally kick-started the process of saving my own life.
I can’t recommend Jackie highly enough.
Four years of blissful sobriety later, I am living my best life now, and whilst it hasn’t always been easy, we do recover.
Please just ask for help as I did and you could also begin a fantastic new path with Jackie’s guidance
Thank you so very much for all of your hard work. You are an incredible therapist and an inspirational, exceptional and influential person.
Firstly to thank you for all the incredible help over the last four weeks. I’ve learnt so much about myself and my behaviours in my sessions with you, and I leave with a lot of learnings and tools.
Thanks again Jackie, I will never be grateful enough to you,for your insight and support.
I saw Jackie under sufferance, as penance perhaps for a failed suicide attempt. Years of alcohol and medication abuse, chronic insomnia, anxiety and numerous other challenges from the psychotherapist handbook. I spent a year with her, once a week being guided to understand the events that made for such a chaotic and dysfunctional life. Once that was done, Jackie armed me with the tools to step forward and recognise the signs which would have me step back. I owe her more than perhaps modesty would have her realise. An outstanding counsellor who always knew when I was dodging the issue.
Wishing you a very Happy New year and thank you for being a major influence in reigniting my recovery , I really mean that.
I highly recommend Jackie in many ways as a professional, and also as a person- while dedicated to her work with deep seriousness her vibrant personality and, mindfully used by Jackie only when appropriate, wonderful sense humour makes Jackie a joy to be around
I was thinking about my time in therapy this morning and how strong and resolute I’ve become all with your help! II can’t believe how far I’ve come !
Thank you so much, I couldn’t have done this without you.