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Jackie Swarbrick

Gender Specialist Counsellor.

Jackie Swarbrick

Gender Specialist Counsellor

Jackie Swarbrick, BSc. (Hons), MBACP Dip Couns.

Jackie has significant personal experience of gender diversity. Her first husband came out as trans and transitioned during the course of their relationship. This experience introduced her to the emotional and practical complexities of transition. Jackie soon became aware of the lack of support available, especially for partners and parents. This fact has been a strong driver for Jackie and motivates her work to this day. Jackie’s second husband is bi-gender and together they founded, and run, a registered charity, Safe Haven, which provides support to the transgender community in Cornwall.

Jackie facilitates support groups for transgender adults, their partners and family members, and gender questioning teenagers. She is also qualified to deliver education and training on gender diversity and awareness. Jackie is an Independent Advisor with the Devon & Cornwall Police Diversity team.

Before qualifying as a counsellor and psychotherapist, Jackie worked for Social Services for 15 years, using her person-centred approach to help young people in long-term foster care make sense of their lives and move forward in a positive way. During this time she undertook a lot of training in working with people on the Autistic Spectrum and this gives her a deep understanding of neuro diversity and its correlation with gender identity. Jackie has a down to earth, non-judgemental ethos which she finds encourages people to explore their thoughts and feelings honestly, no matter what they bring to the session.


Client types:

Jackie works with transgender, non-binary and gender-questioning people of all ages, as well as the parents, family members and partners of these individuals. Jackie knows from first hand experience how hard it can be as a partner to come to terms with a loved one’s transition and how it will affect them and their relationship. She is skilled in working with neuro diversity and will draw on different approaches to suit each person.



9am – 9pm Monday to Friday.

10am – 6pm Saturday to Sunday.



  • BSc. (Hons) Social Sciences.
  • Person Centred Therapy qualified to Diploma Level 5.
  • Award in Education & Training Level 3.



  • Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).