Judy James, Counsellor & Relationship Coach; EFT* Emotionally Focused Therapist

Judy James, Counsellor & Relationship Coach; EFT* Emotionally Focused Therapist

Piccadilly House
Greater Manchester

Wilmslow Therapy Practice

07752 456691

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Piccadilly House
Greater Manchester

Wilmslow Therapy Practice

07752 456691

About me

What I can help with and how:-

Are you looking for a way to resolve upset and unhappiness in your relationship?

Maybe you feel overwhelmed by too many worries and exhausted by stress and pressures in your life?

Whether your aim is to break unhelpful habits, find solutions to problems or improve work-life balance, what I offer is more than just talking sessions.

With care and compassion I will be your thinking partner and guide you to discover that small changes can make a big difference to the way you feel about yourself, your situation and relationships.

I am dual-trained and qualified both as a Coach and as a Counsellor-Therapist; this means working in a solution, future-focused way, as well as attending to any worries or feelings left from past events. I am dedicated to this coach-therapy approach because it brings long-lasting relief, not just a temporary fix. It provides direction and support for you to find new ways and personal strengths to improve well-being; this is particularly effective for:-

  • relationship difficulties
  • anxiety and low mood
  • obsessive behaviours and compulsive thoughts
  • loss of confidence, identity and self-esteem

For couples and relationships of all kinds:-

I welcome you and your partner to come along together, or occasionally individually, so that we can work with the clarity that an objective perspective can bring. My professional approach - Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, has a high success rate in overcoming set-backs and difficulties by regaining connection, closeness, trust and a sense of partnership in the relationship.

“How come we love each so much yet tend to argue, say hurtful things and fight so much?”

If that question has resonance for you and your partner, or if your relationship has become stressful to the point that you feel distressed, then you may well be interested in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Unlike traditional forms of couple counselling, EFT is a structured, usually short-term, collaborative approach that supports each partner to learn new ways to communicate and relate to each other. EFT is a process of creating connection, guiding you through a change process to resolve any upset, pain and hurt, and supporting you to re-build the relationship on a solid foundation which feels safe, respectful and connected.

Based on the pioneering work of Dr Sue Johnson and her study of the science of love and attachment theory, EFT is well-researched. Studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements in healing their relationship, making it stronger and more secure.

Something else you need to talk about or work through?
There’s no limit to the range of topics that can be explored through counselling and therapeutic coaching, so why not take the first step? There’s no charge for an initial consultation, so feel free to text, phone or email to arrange a time that’s good to talk.

Training, qualifications & experience

Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (MMU)
BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency
Intermediate and Foundation in Counselling Skills
EFT Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples – Externship and Additional Core Skills

Practitioner Diploma in Coaching
City and Guilds 7307 - Teaching in Adult Education

Additional Training and Continuous Professional Development
Attachment Theory
Healing attachment injuries
Addiction and Transforming Shame
Sex as a safe adventure; connecting sexually and emotionally
Neuro Linguistic Programming
Caring for the Bereaved
Supporting people and working with suicidal thoughts
Self, Self Image and Self-constructs
Neuroscience for coaching and counselling
Coaching Clients to work through their feelings
Equality and Diversity – legislation and cultural awareness
Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS equivalent)
Mentoring - creating and sustaining a collegiate relationship to enable professional development

Having first started my training more than  20 years ago and provided counselling in the volunteer sector, I have been in Private Practice since 2014. Here are just a few examples of my previous experience and current voluntary work:-

  • Counselling in Bereavement Care on a sessional basis
  • For a Registered Social Landlord/housing association, I set up and ran a small in-house counselling service in sheltered accommodation for young women
  • I provide advocacy for people with communication difficulties, helping and enabling people with speech, written and emotional expression
  • Passionate and pro-active in raising awareness and promoting the benefits of EFT - Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, I am a founding member of the British EFT Community and co-founder of the North of England community of EFT Practitioners.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Coach-Therapy (Therapeutic Coaching)

Photos & videos

  • PSA BACP Licence
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy


Fees for counselling: There is a scale of charges dependent on venue, time of day, duration, single or block bookings, type of therapy etc, but fees are negotiable and an important topic to discuss and agree during an initial consultation. Choosing the right therapist and agreeing a way of working that best suits you and your needs are important steps at the start of the process. I understand how crucial it is for the person to feel that that they can talk openly in a supportive, non-judgmental, confidential environment; that's why I offer and make no charge for an initial first meeting at which all these important factors can be freely discussed.

For Workshops and Seminars: Full details of prices, venues and content are available on request. See the Further Information section of this profile for a summary list of topics. I also welcome your enquiry if you would like to mix-and-match or include other aspects of personal or professional development so that a workshop is designed exclusively to meet the needs of your organisation or team.

Further information

For students of counselling and psychotherapy I provide sessions to fulfill the Personal Therapy element of course study and qualification.

From time to time I run workshops and seminars to raise awareness of

  • EFT - Creating Connection: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Working with the self and self-constructs
  • Brief solution-focused interventions
  • Coaching clients to work through their feelings
  • Alternative approaches: the integration of coaching with counselling or psychotherapy – exploring the similarities, differences, benefits and results

For details of up-and-coming workshops or to book a bespoke seminar for your organisation, please get in touch by phone or email.

Also listed on Life Coach Directory.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M1
Wilmslow, SK9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekday and evening availability 9am-8pm. Saturdays 9am-12pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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