Jeanette Caw, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Jeanette Caw

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Jeanette Caw, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Jeanette Caw

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My Approach

I am a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist and Systemic Psychotherapist. My approach is to work collaboratively, finding a way of working that fits for each person(s). I aim to create a safe space and private place where issues that are difficult to talk about can be discussed openly, with support and no judgement. Validating individual experiences and exploring personal meaning are central elements to the way in which I work. In family or couple work, facilitating understanding of each other's minds and the intentions, thoughts, wishes, desires and beliefs that underly our behaviours is central to my approach. When working with couples or families, I work from a position of neutrality and curiosity, which means that there is no blame or taking sides, rather a gentle exploration of how things have come to be the way they are and conversations about how things might be different.

I am influenced by Attachment Theory and use these ideas lightly in my work when I think they will be useful. I also have training in CBT and implement techniques from this modality, particularly when anxiety and depression are present. I regularly share my ideas as points for consideration; my intention is not to be an expert in the lives of others but to be able to introduce fresh perspectives that might be useful in bringing about change.

About Me

I have over 25 years experience working as a registered health and social care professional in a variety of settings, including children and families, adults and inpatients. I am passionate about social justice and making therapy accessible for all. I believe that psychotherapy should address the political as well as the personal, when working to make sense of the difficulties people experience in their lives. As a systemic psychotherapist, recognising how societal structures of power and privilege impact us, sometimes invisibly, can be an important part of forming new narratives for ourselves, either as individuals or within family and organisational systems.

I currently work four days per week as the Clinical Lead for the Sheffield NHS Relationship & Sexual Service, supporting couples and individuals resolve areas of difficulty in their sexual lives. Prior to this I worked as a family therapist in Riverdale Grange Specialist Eating Disorder hospital, working with parents, carers and/or partners to support their loved one in their recovery from anorexia nervosa. My previous experience includes working with looked after young people with histories of complex trauma. In 2013 I had a book published by Jessica Kingsley, which describes the therapeutic approach used by the Fostering Agency I worked for; 'Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care - A Model for Therapeutic, Integrated Care'.

I work privately one day a week with couples, individuals, families and supervisees. Some of my work is long-term, addressing complex trauma and attachment disruption through the therapeutic relationship. I also offer brief interventions; sometimes 4-6 sessions is all that is needed to resolve a difficulty,

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I spent over 10 years working as a psychotherapist with looked after children who were fostered or placed for adoption. I worked as a children and families social worker for 4 years at the beginning of my career, and am knowledgeable in the experiences young people have had, which have brought them into the care system. Working with issues around adoption are various and can entail supporting adoptive parents in their parenting on their own or with each other, supporting the child/parent relationship at any age, helping families/individuals process knowledge of family members that have been adopted, enabling adult adopted individuals make sense of who they are and decide whether to make contact with their birth family.
As a woman in my mid-50s, having lived through various life stages, I am interested in working with individuals, couples and families who are looking to resolve issues which arise from different age-related periods. This might be finding one's identity and meaning in the world as a young adult, establishing oneself as in individual and/or couple when children have grown up and left home or how to approach older adulthood, keeping one's values and aspirations core to living.
Losing a loved one or cherished relationship does not only entail loss through death, relationships end in other ways as well. Finding ways to go on, when the relationship has been perhaps precious or complex and entangled, can be hard. I work to create space for the meaning of the loss of the relationship to be explored, complex and confusing feelings to be expressed and find ways to envisage a preferred future without that person, whilst holding them in mind.
I am passionate about working with relationships, whether these be couple, sibling, parent/child or other. I have personal experience of resolving relational issues through the support of a good therapist. I believe that relational work should aim to enhance understanding of each other's perspectives alongside validation of how each person feels. I take a non-judgemental and neutral approach; my endeavour that everyone in the sessions feels heard and understood by me. At times relational work means that difficult, hard to manage feelings can be experienced and expressed. I am familiar at working with these situations, and confident in my ability to enable the processing of these emotions and restoration of good will between different participants in the session.
I am a qualified integrative supervisor. I offer regular, monthly supervision to individuals or groups. My supervisees often stay with me for years, indicating, I hope, satisfaction in approach to supervision. I am transparent in sharing my theoretical thinking and the sources that inform my ideas. I utilise systemic therapy perspectives, looking at how knowledge is socially constructed, as well as other psychological positions, for example, object relations or psychodynamic, when these might be useful.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Gestalt Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Bulimia
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Couple Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Supervision
  • Terminal Illness
  • Training
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy


18 Empire Road
Nether Edge

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Individual Psychotherapy - £60-£65/session
Couples or Family Therapy - £65-£70
Individual Supervision - £65
Organizational Supervision - £75-£80


I offer one low feeing therapy place

UKCP College

  • College of Family Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy (CFCSP)
  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

Working with Children

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