Julie Marie Bowen MBACP

Julie Marie Bowen MBACP


01603 947612 / 077921 45455

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01603 947612 / 077921 45455

About me

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I am Julie, a qualified Integrative Counsellor and EMDR Therapist based in Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, working from my home (NR8). Please see the photo of my counselling room.

I can help you discover, resolve and manage aspects of your life that you find difficult or presently overwhelming. Talking in a safe therapeutic space can help you find clarity within, reaching a better understanding which is empowering; allowing you to find your true self and resources which sets you free from mental and emotional turmoil.

I have been successful in helping people overcome their difficulties since 2008 and counselling individuals and couples for six years. Being a counsellor is my life purpose, helping you to overcome your struggles. I have sat in the client's chair and understand what it's like undergoing counselling. How anxiety provoking and challenging it is starting counselling, but also how empowering the journey of self discovery is. That's where the name Freedom Within Counselling came from, it's how I felt overcoming my difficulties and learnt behaviours.

I work with people aged 17 plus for individual or couples counselling, dealing with various problems such as;

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  • relationship issues
  • family issues
  • affairs and betrayal
  • anger
  • stress
  • low self-confidence
  • low self-esteem
  • bereavement
  • childhood difficulties
  • behavioural problems
  • lack of trust
  • bullying
  • self harm
  • suicidal thoughts
  • depression
  • phobias
  • OCD
  • identity issues
  • emotional problems
  • uncertainties of self or future
  • sexual, emotional and mental abuse.

I am Person Centred at the core of therapy, being non judgemental, accepting, providing empathy and going at your pace. This creates a therapeutic relationship which is the vehicle for change (Rogers). Integrative Counselling, or a pluristic approach means that I am trained to be able to call upon various techniques to assist you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps identify the interconnection of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in past or present situations. CBT helps to empower us and gain a different perspective.

Psychodynamic therapy looks at the importance of the unconscious and how past experiences could be shaping current behaviours. Exploring childhood relationships with parents and other significant people brings in awareness of learnt behaviours and feelings. The therapist focuses on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship where transference can take place, such as when the client projects their feelings experienced in previous significant relationships on to the therapist. Allowing the client to explore this in a safe therapeutic space can bring positive change, understanding, finding our true self and way of being.

Mindfulness Based Approaches are beneficial and empowering for some people too; it is a relaxation technique which helps to centre ourselves and be in the moment, becoming more fully functioning in our awareness and daily lives.

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, process old disturbing memories that are stored in the brain which can get triggered over and over again in the present, impacting on us emotionally, psychologically and physiologically. Old disturbing memories and life events can stop us from living the life we want. EMDR therapy sets you free and process the material to allow you to resolve the old problems. EMDR therapy is effective for trauma, anxieties, phobias and disturbing memories / life events.

I am a registered member of BACP following their code of ethics also I have monthly supervision as part of the requirement for safe practice.

Additional Information:

Free parking available.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions before deciding if you would like to meet; as selecting the right counsellor is important and can be a difficult decision to make. If I am unavailable to take your call, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate Part 1, 2 & 3 of EMDR Therapy - EMDR Europe
  • Diploma in Counselling Supervision - Lindum College
  • Psychological Well-Being Practitioner - University of Essex
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Anger and Self Management - NCN Mind Psychological Therapy Service
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills - University of East Anglia


Counsellor at Mind 2010/11
Counsellor at The Benjamin Foundation 2010/12
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner NHS delivering CBT interventions 2011/15
Counsellor in Private Practice from 2013

Counselling Supervisor
Reiki Practitioner

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£35.00 individual counselling for 50 minutes week days before 5pm.
£40 individual counselling after 5pm week days.

£50.00 for couple counselling and individual counselling on Saturday.

£60.00 1hour of EMDR therapy.

Limited concession appointments available for people on low income.

Discount available for payments by BACs instalments of 10 sessions. Pay for 9 sessions in advance and get the 10th session FREE.

Further information


Monday to Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR8

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please phone for current availability, day and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer integrative supervision, being person centred at the core, psychodynamic, CBT also mindfulness theories.

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