Juliana Hopkins Counselling for Couples and Individuals MBACP (Snr.Accred).

Juliana Hopkins Counselling for Couples and Individuals MBACP (Snr.Accred).

The Waterloo Wellbeing Centre
191 Devonport Road



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The Waterloo Wellbeing Centre
191 Devonport Road



About me

An intelligent, positive and warm person who works with a great deal of integrity. Highly experienced with working with couples and individuals.

Dedicated to finding the best ways of working to be most helpful to clients.

Humanistic/Person Centred orientation as well as trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Senior Accredited Supervisor. Registered with BACP and UKCP.

I am a very experienced counsellor/psychotherapist who works with diverse issues in a number of different settings and agencies.

I see myself primarily working from a Person-Centred Approach. I have training and experience within primary care working as a Cognitive and Behavioural Counsellor, which I integrate into my work. I use ideas, techniques and skills from many approaches if it feels to be the right thing at the right time with the right person.

I am developing a fierce interest in philosophy after having worked alongside many people asking themselves “What is life and how shall I live mine?”.

I work privately in a large, light and comfortable room in Yelverton where I Screen%20shot%202013-04-29%20at%2013.52.aim to offer a service that meets your therapeutic needs, as well practical ones (as in how often and when to meet).

I work in Plymouth on Monday evenings at The Waterloo Wellbeing Centre. Please look up their website http://www.psychotherapyplymouth.co.uk. At times I work from Tavyside Health Centre, Tavistock.

I work in Exeter on Tuesday afternoons/evenings at The Practice Rooms. Please look up their website http:www.thepracticerooms.co.uk.

There is safety in exploring your own experience in a confidential environment. I liken it to being on a journey. You may find you need to stop and look at the map for some reason. Perhaps you are lost, or don’t like the road you have been on. Maybe you wonder what other roads are out there. It might be that the ride has been very bumpy or traumatic even. Counselling offers you a chance to stop, look at the map and have time to yourself to help with the next step.

"If we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
-Chinese proverb.

In this time I don’t tell you where to go nor do I judge your progress. It can be very helpful having someone looking at the map with you. If I  point to what I see on the map, this may enhance your view.

Much of my work is in relationship counselling. This is when two people in relationship – whether they be in a partnership, a marriage or members of a family together or a close friendship – wish to look at themselves and their relationship with each other.

"Take heart: marriage is more elegant than we dare believe. It can bring you bliss, but it’s harder than many people recognize."
- David Schnarch

All relationships hit bumpy roads.

To borrow from a song… “There will be trouble ahead”. If there wasn’t trouble it would not be a normal relationship.

Sometimes it is more than trouble, where relationships undergo more serious blocks, failures and ruptures. My aim as a counsellor is to facilitate:

  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Understanding
  • Empathy

With these four components, and time and space, what is happening in the relationship becomes clearer. This fosters the chances of finding the right solution for the individuals within the relationship. This may or may not be to stay together.

"It is wise to direct your anger toward problems; not people. To focus your energies on answers; not excuses."
William Arthur Ward

I started my counselling training in 1998. Before that I was a primary school teacher working in Plymouth and Bere Alson.

While I loved many aspects of my teaching career, I also felt that it was not something I wanted to do forever. I started the counselling training while I was teaching and knew instantly that I had found my vocation.

Before teaching I lived in France from 1988 to 1997. During this time I held various positions as a bilingual secretary for festivals and conferences that take place in Cannes; I taught English as a foreign language; I also cooked on classic sailing yachts, research vessels and cargo ships around Europe, as well as across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

Most of my time these days is spent with my passions – my children, Yoga, close friends, walking the dogs, reading and counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked as a counsellor in:

  • volunteer agencies
  • schools
  • universities
  • GP practices
  • in private practice

I am registered and accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Being accredited by the BACP means that:

  • I abide by their code of ethics
  • undergo regular supervision
  • continue to add to my knowledge
  • keep my training up to date.

The majority of my counselling experience is at GP practices based in Plymouth and south-west Devon.

I am a founder member and director of the community interest company Counsellors South West, set up by a small and dedicated group of existing primary care counsellors which has grown to cover the Teignbridge, South Hams, Tavistock and West Devon areas.


RELATIONSHIPS AT WORK (UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTERSHIRE) September 2007 – June 2010 Diploma in Person Centred Supervision

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Skills Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
All awarded by CPCAB

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ST. MARK AND ST. JOHN, Plymouth. 1997 - 1998. Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

NENECOLLEGE,Northampton. 1985-1988.
BA (Hons) 2:1 in Drama and English.


  • Accredited Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Eighteen-month employed training post as a Cognitive and Behavioural Counsellor
  • Various one-day courses taken as part of professional development.
  • Undertaken a 20 hour course in Child Protection with a certificate awarded by Open College Network South West provided by Plymouth Family Support Services.

I have qualifications in:

  • Working with Couples
  • The Person Centred Approach to Relationship Counselling
  • Couples Therapy for Depression.

My experience as a supervisor includes:

  • Working with counsellors-in-training while completing their placements at GP surgeries
  • Supervising counsellors and professionals working at organisations such as Broadreach and The Zone, (Plymouth)
  • I am the Supervisor for the Haye Mill counselling service in Callington
  • I am one of the Supervisors for Counsellors Southwest CIC

Member organisations



I charge the going rate of £45 per hour and am also able to offer a limited number of concessionary rates.

For couples I charge £55 per session, and offer a 70 minute session.

I offer the first session at half price, as this session could be seen as a session for you to decide whether working with me is right for you. It is important that you find the right counsellor for you, and you may want to see how it feels working with me and others before deciding.

Supervision sessions last 90 minutes and I charge £60, though this also can be flexible. For the first session, rather than charge half price - I offer a free half hour meet to see how it feels for us working together.

Maps & Directions

Plymouth, PL1 5RN
Yelverton, PL20

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: French

Supervision & training

I have a diploma in Person-Centred Supervision and am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.

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