Julie Devonald MBACP (Registered), MA Counselling
Life isn't always the joy it should be and sometimes we need the help that talking to a professional can offer. If you're feeling low or anxious or want to work through an issue with someone, I am a qualified counsellor who can provide a safe space. Coming for counselling can feel uncomfortable but as you've got this far, you're obviously ready. I hope to make taking the plunge less scary by being warm, empathic, non judgmental and offering a relaxed counselling environment.
Life is all about perspective and my aim is to work with you with compassion and support to help you move forward positively to where you want to be. This can involve going back to childhood, looking at core beliefs, patterns of behaviour, and the relationships we have with others and with ourselves. We can't change other people but we can change our thoughts, actions and feelings.
Before becoming a counsellor I had no idea that there were different types of counselling and it's worth doing a bit of research to make sure you get what you want. I am an integrative counsellor, and use a variety of methods, working with clients to identify the best fit. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, art and Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping). It's important to find the right therapist to work with and so contact me if you'd like to find out more about me or counselling in general.
If you decide to go ahead, I offer face to face counselling in Heaton Moor, Stockport, and also Skype counselling. Each session is 50 minutes. The first session would be at a reduced rate, to make sure we can work together. I believe the relationship between counsellor and client is vital for outcome. At this session we would discuss what you hope to gain from counselling and if you have a time frame in mind. I have worked with both short term and long term clients.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), which means that I am bound by their ethical framework and attend regular supervision to ensure best practice.
Issues I have helped people work through include:
- Depression, including post natal
- Suicidal ideation
- Self-esteem/confidence issues
- Troubling thoughts
- Stress (work and exam)
- Childhood trauma/abuse
- Relationship problems
- Dermatillomania (skin picking)
I have experience working with adults, teenagers and primary school age children and have an enhanced DBS. I have also taught mindfulness and anger management to groups and was a staff mentor at the University of Manchester, for several years.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Counselling (Distinction and Platt Prize) - University of Manchester
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts
AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Level 2
I am currently working as a volunteer children's counsellor with Place2Be and a bank children's counsellor with Mind.
I have also worked with adult clients, and a range of issues, as a volunteer counsellor with Mind.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Face to face counselling ~ £40 an hour. First session £20. (Reduced rate ~ £35)
Skype counselling ~ £30 an hour. First session £15. (Reduced rate ~ £25)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evenings and Saturday. Tuesday and Wednesday pm.
Types of client