Dr. Julian Edge
Around this time of year, it sometimes seems as though the days never really get light at all. Life can feel like that, too. It's not unusual to feel down, or to feel worried. The effect is even worse if you have run into relationship difficulties, or have suffered bereavement, if you are facing redundancy, or new to retirement, or if you feel stuck in the pattern of your life — seeing no way forward, or perhaps under stress about the children and the parents who both depend on you. Your life loses its previous rhythm and you might lose your sense of purpose. Depression and anxiety can follow. Whatever stage of life you are going through, there are always challenges that make demands that sometimes seem too much.
Counselling can’t fix the world, but it can help. Over 80% of people who seek counselling help from qualified professionals report that it was beneficial. Working with mature adults, either as individuals or couples, is my special concern. I offer a safe place in which you can express your feelings and your thoughts confidentially and clearly to someone who accepts you as you are. This gives you the opportunity to see and hear yourself. You sort out what parts of your situation you can change and you also sort out where and how it's you who needs to change — perhaps a change of attitude or perspective. You work on what you need to do in order to bring your thoughts, your feelings and your actions into harmony. My satisfaction comes from seeing people make their changes, go through their transitions and purposefully take their lives forward. If any of this seems relevant to you, please visit my website and/or get in touch directly.
Training, qualifications & experience
Helping people to work on their own personal and professional development, as well as deal with the psychological transitions involved, was the increasingly important focus of my earlier career in education.This work led me to live in a number of countries — Germany, Jordan, Egypt, Singapore, Turkey and Australia — before settling down in Britain, most recently at the University of Manchester. I believe that this background has helped my development as a counsellor in at least three connected ways.
First, my experience among different cultures helped me learn about understanding other people from their point of view and to respect their right to that perspective. Second, I learned that there is no one ‘best method’ for teaching or learning. So much depends on the individuals and relationships involved. The same is true of counselling and of living in general. Third, it made me sensitive to language, and to how we can use language not only to communicate with each other, but also to help us sort out our own thoughts and feelings. It helps when we get the chance to talk freely, without fear of being judged or evaluated. This type of non-defensive speaking is encouraged in the kind of respectful, confidential space that an able counsellor can offer.
I have a BA (University of Durham) an MA (London), a PhD (Birmingham) and a Diploma in Counselling (Manchester). As a qualified and registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I practice privately on Fridays and also work as a volunteer counsellor for Age UK Manchester.
My approach to counselling is not tied to any one particular school or style. I see it as my responsibility to draw on the awareness, knowledge, skills and experience that I have to craft an approach that best meets the needs of each individual client. Working in this way, along with further study and training, I continue my own development — getting older and growing.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have listed the above problem-areas as ones that are widespread and that I feel particularly well equipped to help clients deal with. Such areas are, however, not always so easy to identify for clients themselves, and others may become relevant.
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I offer a free initial telephone consultation. Following that, my fee for a first session, at which we can confirm that it will be useful for us to continue working together, is £30.00.
The fee for each further session is £50 for individuals and £60 for couples. Payment needs to be made in cash or by cheque at the time of our meeting, or by bank transfer. Each session lasts 60 minutes.
If you cannot keep an appointment, please give me at least 24 hours notice and no fee will be charged. If you cannot give 24 hours notice, I will expect the normal fee to be paid. In mutual respect, should I need to cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, I will charge no fee for our next meeting.
Further details of the working agreement between us can be discussed as necessary before and during our first meeting.
Although I see my service as being based primarily on a face-to-face relationship, once that has been established, experience has taught me that sessions by phone or Skype can be very useful alternatives when there are problems in actually meeting face-to-face.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have availability at my practice on Fridays. In appropriate circumstances, home visits may be possible at other times. Skype and telephone sessions may also be arranged.
Types of client