Julia Bennett Dip Couns MBACP - Counselling for Individuals and Couples

Julia Bennett Dip Couns MBACP - Counselling for Individuals and Couples

The Wellington Centre
44 Wellington Square
East Sussex
TN34 1PN

07580 102758

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The Wellington Centre
44 Wellington Square
East Sussex
TN34 1PN

07580 102758

About me

Hi. I'm a qualified and BACP registered counsellor working in both Sussex and Kent and I feel passionately about the work that I do.

Counselling can help you make a positive change in your life or support you through a particularly stressful or emotional time. Many of us experience moments when our problems feel overwhelming, when what we need most is to talk to someone confidentially, someone who will not judge us, who will listen, someone objective yet warm, empathic and accepting.

You may want a safe place to explore an issue that has been troubling you for years, a specific problem which is on-going or has happened recently (such as a divorce or bereavement), or indeed worries about the future. Perhaps you have a desire to change - sometimes you may not even know exactly what it is that you want to change, but you have a sense that you want more confidence or happiness or fulfillment.

Counselling can help with all of these issues, at any age, at any time. It can help you find clarity, peace of mind or understanding. It can be short term or long term and we can discuss what would work best for you.

The humanistic approach to therapy that I use means that I believe that you are the expert in yourself, and our work together is designed to help you uncover your own answers. We are all unique and consequently, I approach each client afresh.

One of the most important aspects of therapy is the relationship between the client and the counsellor, for many reasons, not least because you need to feel comfortable opening up to this person. So please contact me either for an informal chat or to arrange an initial session, as this will allow us to decide whether we can work together. There is no obligation to continue after this, but it will give us a chance to discuss what your needs are, whether you require short or long term therapy (I offer both) and how I might be able to help you.

I work with individuals (over 16 years of age) with many issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Low Self-esteem and Self-confidence
  • Sexuality
  • Loss and Bereavement – Grief work
  • Relationship and Family Issues
  • Loneliness
  • Self Harm
  • Codependency
  • Work Related Issues
  • Health problems
  • Life Stage Issues such as Mid Life Crisis and Aging

I also work with couples and groups.

Training, qualifications & experience

My interest in counselling, personal development and therapy started over 20 years ago.

I initially trained in body therapies such as holistic massage and some years later, I began my formal studies in counselling at West Kent College in Tonbridge. I then went on to study for a BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at the Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Crowborough. The course gave me a solid grounding in client led counselling and covered Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. If you would like to know more about these and other models of counselling, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I continue to develop professionally and regularly attend trainings in specific areas (please visit my website for further details). I have recently been studying mindfulness and meditation and I am excited about its beneficial effects, particularly on anxiety, stress, depression and self-esteem. I am also particularly interested in the connection between mind and body.

For many years, I worked for New Romney Counselling Services and have experience of working with a variety of issues and age groups.


  • Basic Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Further Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Progressive Personal Awareness
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Groupwork
  • MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Teacher Training (TTR1 and TTR2)
  • Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling

Professional Body

I am a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by their Ethical Framework and Code of Practice.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with co-dependency and life stage issues such as mid life crisis.

For those who are interested, I can incorporate mindfulness into how I work.


Individuals £40 per 50 minutes session. Concessions may be available depending on your situation and availability, so please do ask.

Couples £60 per 60 minute session.

Initial session of 50 minutes is £20 for Individuals and £30 for Couples. This gives us a chance to meet and work out if I’m the right counsellor for you.

Further information

I see clients in Hastings on Monday and Friday daytimes and evenings, but other appointments may be available, so please feel free to ask.

I also have practices in Tenterden and Ashford.

For more information, please either contact me directly by phone or email or visit my website at www.touchstonetherapy.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Hastings, TN34 1PN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I see clients in Hastings on a Monday and Friday daytime and evening, but other appointments may be available, so please feel free to ask. I also have practices in Tenterden and Ashford.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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