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Instinctive Counselling

Counselling and Psychotherapy in Pickering, North Yorkshire and online

Welcome to Instinctive Counselling

“It might sound stupid but….”

What you have to say will never sound stupid to me. Your thoughts, anxieties, those ‘what ifs’ and worries feel real for you, even if they sound irrational when spoken.

Welcome to Instinctive Counselling

Thank you for dropping by. My name is Jemima and as a qualified counsellor I provide both short- and long-term therapy to adults of all ages. This can be done both as face-to-face or online counselling (via Zoom); whichever you feel most comfortable with. I am based in North Yorkshire.

I can provide you with a confidential, safe space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, challenges, concerns and difficulties. I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by their code of ethics.

Jemima Fisher, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Pickering, North Yorkshire And Online
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Why are you here?

  • Sometimes we lose our way, and we find ourselves needing some guidance to get back on the right track. Anxiety, depression, trauma, loss or other life events can derail us, and it can be hard to navigate a way through it alone.

  • Sometimes we feel unseen or unheard, and need a safe space to voice our struggles, concerns and personal thoughts. Your voice is your power, whether it is your inner voice or interactions with others. We can have our voice taken away from us in situations like coercive relationships, low self-esteem or trauma and we find it hard to trust our own instincts and thoughts.

  • Sometimes our emotions feel overwhelming, or switched off, and we need to regain balance and perspective. That sense of being overwhelmed, or disconnected, can be confusing and scary. Counselling can help us learn how to reconnect and listen to our body, emotions or thoughts as a collective whole.

  • Sometimes we lose someone close to us and don’t know how to move forward. There isn’t a right or wrong way to grieve, whether that’s the loss of a friend or family member, or the breakup of a relationship. It is a personal response and process, but it can feel overwhelming and stir up difficult or unexpected emotions, and talking about them to others can feel inappropriate or upsetting. Opening up in safe space, free from all judgement and criticism can help sort through those difficulties and find a better place for them to settle internally.
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  • Sometimes we are in pain, physically and/or emotionally, and day-to-day life feels exhausting, lonely, isolating and challenging, alongside that sense of not wanting to burden friends or family. Talking about these struggles; offloading onto someone who is there to listen and be empathic to those difficult circumstances can help life feel lighter or more manageable.

  • Sometimes we experience traumatic events which leave us numb, confused, distressed, unable to trust others and/or unable to trust ourselves. Healing from trauma requires needing to feel safe; finding a resource in a safe person and a safe environment. Processing this trauma when you are ready, with someone empathic and trustworthy, can enable you to navigate through the layers of response the mind and body create to survive, and then you can live your life in a different, positive way.

  • Sometimes we just feel really ‘out of sorts’ but don’t know why. Or it feels like we have all the jigsaw pieces in front of us but can’t make them fit together to see the whole picture. Talking about random events in your life, linking things together and seeing knock-on effects of historical issues can help that jigsaw piece together, and you can then see the picture for the first time. Suddenly everything makes sense, which can feel empowering.

  • These could be just some of the issues you may be experiencing. Whether your issues are similar or feel very different, I hope you feel confident enough to contact me and share your difficulties.

Speak in Confidence

My role as your counsellor is to see you, and hear you, and help you feel safe enough to open up. The 50 minutes of counselling time is devoted to you, and only you; it is an opportunity for you to talk, share deep thoughts, laugh, cry, contemplate, learn, be silent and reflect, if you choose to. I will listen with compassion and empathy, free from judgement in a safe and confidential space.

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Moving Forward

I am not here to give you advice or tell you what to do, but help you gain insight and understanding into who you are, where you have been and how you want to move forward in a way which is right and authentic for you.

Sometimes I build in whole-body awareness and breathing techniques alongside my person-centred approach to help reconnect your mind, body and emotions, so you feel like a whole person. This can be known as somatic therapy and works well for healing trauma and overcoming anxiety.

I can provide different perspectives, observations, reflections and insight for you. We can work together on changing the tone/voice of those internal ‘stupid’ thoughts and ‘what ifs’, so they have less control over how you live your life. We can also work on changing your self-perceptions and how you view yourself in relationships.


We all need that connection with another person during difficult times in our lives, whether that’s things that are out of our control or we made mistakes and do things we are not proud; we are all human and fallible. Connection and feeling safe are the first steps toward healing; and I can provide those for you.

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Issues I can help you with:

Job anxiety

Bullying/cyber bullying

Disrupted family relationships

Healing Trauma

Anxiety, depression

Grief, loss

Low confidence and self-esteem

Managing of, and ways to express emotions

Intimacy and sexual difficulties

Relationship issues

Disconnection from self or the world

Feeling overwhelmed

Somatic/sensorimotor body work connections


Fear and anxiety about the future, health issues or relationships

Re-finding yourself after being in an abusive/coercive relationship

My location

Whilst I am predominantly offering online counselling, I can do in-person sessions, based in Pickering, North Yorkshire. Pickering is easily accessible for people living in York and surrounding areas such as Malton, Scarborough, Saltburn, Whitby and Thirsk.


My counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £60 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income; please contact me to enquire about availability. There is no difference in cost between an online or face-to-face session.

I offer a free 20 minute consultation phone call, made by appointment. This is an informal chat to find out a little more about you and why you are seeking counselling, and it gives you the opportunity to get a sense of whether I’m the right therapist for you.

Please note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment via bank transfer in advance of our counselling appointment.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07831 841 096 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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