Complementary health care clinic specializing in pregnancy scans, classes and treatments

Jackie Gess

Jackie Gess

MBACP Snr. Accred Counsellor, UKRC Reg. Ind. Counsellor, Member EMDR Association

I have been working as a therapist for many years, offering counselling and more recently also EMDR to adults and young people. I work in private practice and also in agency, company and school settings. I use an integrative approach and enable clients to determine the focus, pace and depth of their therapy. 


What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR for short is a relatively new therapy established within the last 10 years.  It is an extremely effective treatment for people – children as well as adults who have had traumatic experiences. It is also helpful for a variety of emotional and behaviour problems in adults and children. There is a wealth of information about current research available on the Internet.

EMDR is a NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommended treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


How can EMDR help?

EMDR is an approach that seems to help ‘unblock’ the brain’s processing so that traumatic memories can become ‘ordinary’ memories.  We do not know precisely how this treatment works.  It may have something to do with the alternating left-right stimulation of the brain – or with REM sleep in which the eyes often move from side to side on their own.  The eye movements may help to process the unconscious material.

How can counselling help?

Counselling gives an opportunity to talk to a qualified professional in a confidential and neutral environment. It allows the expression of concerns and feelings about problems that may be troubling you. My role is to help you find your own solutions to your problems, and where appropriate, to explore the connections these problems might have to past experiences.


More information is available at:

NICE Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): the treatment of PTSD in adults and children

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy  


How long will sessions last?

Each counselling session will normally lasts 50 minutes. However, EMDR sessions may continue for up to 90 minutes. Many people come to weekly sessions for 6 – 8 weeks, concentrating on a particular immediate problem. Others may choose to continue for a longer period should they wish to explore their issues further.


How much will it cost? 

“The fee is £50 – £80 per session. Payment can be made by cheque or cash.

How do you make an appointment?

Please telephone me on 07986 293118. I will return any messages left on my voice mail.”


Confidentiality will be maintained unless I am concerned for your safety or the safety of others. I will discuss this issue with you in the first session.



Care Quality Commission

Verulam Clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Provider ID: 1-127591200 20th May 2012 Registered number: 05283588 All sonographers & physiotherapists are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.


Verulam Clinic
118-120 Victoria Street
St Albans

01727 833 100