Julie Shaw REG. MBACP. Amber Valley, DERBYS Mindfulness Therapy and SUPERVISION
38 High Street
PRIVATE COUNSELLING PRACTICE. STRESS and ANXIETY MANAGEMENT. RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS. FEELING SAD. TENSION IN THE BODY.
COUNSELLING IN THE WORKPLACE.
SUPERVISION FOR TRAINEE/EXPERIENCED THERAPISTS.
The Counselling Room at Swanwick is a place to sit and talk through what is troubling you. Maybe you have been struggling with just coping for a while. Counselling and the Talking Therapies really work, sometimes it only takes a few sessions for your thoughts and feelings of dread and depression to start to clear. After the first free 30 minute appointment, the counselling sessions are then £40.
Employers and their employees can be assured of a swift, secure and confidential service for their employees struggling with work based stress.
Your first half hour appointment with me is free. We would usually work on a part of your problem so you can understand how our time together is used. You can then make a more informed decision if this model and theory feels comfortable for you. You should feel at ease with your therapist, even though it is a professional relationship where you are sharing your most private and intimate and sometimes unspoken parts of your life story.
Here is a copy of our Contract together, it will give you some insight into how your sessions will pan out. I will provide you with your own printed copy for your records at your first session.
OUR COUNSELLING CONTRACT
My approach is Core Process Mindfulness Therapy - I re-trained with the Karuna Institute, Devon. This approach, based on Buddhist values of compassion and the view of suffering - keeps us very much in the ‘here and now’ and our relationship is viewed very much as joint practice. This is a very contemplative, non-judgemental approach using focusing and resourcing and enquiry into ‘where’ you ‘feel’ your words in your body.
We may experience periods of silence as you sit and reflect and really get a strong sense of your issues. When you say something out loud that is so true and profound, there is a resonance of it in your body, and this is what we work with.
I originally trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor at Derby University [1992-1994] and I know there are still echos of my old training that runs through my work. This theory still helps me understand so much. I have worked with clients for twenty four years.
I believe that my clients are the experts on their own lives. I will listen to your words and repeat them back for you. We can then ‘hear’ the words in a different way and find the meaning to them. I know you have the tools and awareness in you already to understand your life, and so I wont try and offer you advice or my opinions.
Everything you share with me is treated as highly confidential. However, there are limitations to this that you need to be aware of, and understand. We will talk about all this before your therapy begins. I am bound to inform the relevant services / authorities [this may include your GP, the Police, Social Workers etc] regarding the four situations below. Wherever possible, I will endeavour to consult you first before breaching your confidentiality. I have to take further action:-
1. If you threaten harm to yourself or to another person.
2. If we believe a child or protected adult is at risk of harm or abuse.
3. If the courts instruct us to give information.
4. If you share information about a proposed act of terrorism or other illegal act.
I also am required to undertake regular supervision. This will entail me disclosing to my Supervisor details of our therapist / client work. However, I never give your name or anything that may identify you. The Supervisor is intent on overseeing my work and ensuring I am providing you with a safe and ethical professional space in which you can explore your issues. This is a professional obligation on my part and sometimes a Supervisor will give guidance on something I have missed and to ensure we are progressing.
Note-taking and records
Once you leave the Counselling Room I sit and make notes of our work together - it is these notes I take to Supervision. I keep simple records of our sessions, normally a little of the content, but mostly what I was experiencing and what I need support on when next at Supervision. Once your Counselling has ended, I destroy them after 3 months. They are kept in a safe place and out of reach of other people.
We usually contract, initially for FOUR sessions, and on the 4th session, we will review to ensure that Counselling is still being useful for you, and then contract for a further four and so on.
Normally we meet on a weekly basis and at a time that is convenient for you, however, I cannot promise it will be the same day and time every week. You can pay me at the end of each session, OR, you may have elected to pay for four sessions in advance.
Our initial meeting is free, and this meeting does not form part of the following Four contracted appointments. Sessions last 50 minutes - the ‘Therapeutic Hour’. In the event that you arrive late, for whatever reason and even if you call beforehand, I regret that I cannot extend beyond the already agreed finish time.
It may happen that I sometimes have to cancel and re-arrange an appointment with you. I will try and give you 48 hours notice and arrange to see you as soon as is possible. If you have to cancel an appointment the following applies:
0-48 hours’ notice, or non attendance without notification – full session fee payable
No charges are payable if more than 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is given.
You can contact me by email or text in between sessions in order to make changes to your appointments only. I am unable to enter into telephone or email conversations / counselling with you in between your sessions, except by prior agreement.
Normally, the ending of our counselling contract would be by mutual prior agreement. However, you have the right to end your therapy with me at any time. It would be helpful to please let me know if you decide not to come back to counselling and give me 48 hours notice that you will not be attending any more, otherwise, the agreed fee will still be payable for that session.
You do not have to give me reasons for your decision. If I feel at any time that counselling is no longer helpful for you, we will discuss this together to see if indeed, you would be served better with either further therapy / medical help elsewhere, or simply just withdraw yourself from counselling.
Ethical framework and Complaints
As a BACP registered counsellor, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice and am subject to its complaints procedure.You can download this article from the BACP website http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
If you wish to make a complaint you go direct to the BACP. My membership number is: 618537. BACP stands for The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post- Qualifcation Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - Derby University - 1992 - 1995.
- Post-Qualification MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice Certificate. Karuna Institute, Devon. 2010 - 2012.
- I also have teaching qualifications in Yoga from the British Wheel of Yoga - 2005.
- Have been in private practice since 1994 and a supervisor for other therapists since 1996.
I am Registered on the BACP Counselling Register.
I taught Counsellors for 12 years throughout the East Midlands and also assessed at other Colleges throughout the UK, overseeing and supporting the Counsellor training within these Centres. I was employed by the Awarding Body - the CPCAB and was with them in their early stages writing and setting the standards for counsellor training. I also developed and created the many assessment papers used in Colleges.
The Mindfulness training with KARUNA of Devon [although I was in their Edinburgh group] has refreshed my skills, attitude and outlook towards clients and counselling. Although we use the 'labels' for 'dis-ease', such as; depression, anxiety, mental health etc. It is the PERSON we are working with as opposed to a label that currently defines their stress and worries. Meeting the person in this 'inter-being' is potent and focuses on a real, stable and genuine working relationship.
I love the seamless way that the philosophy of Yoga and Mindfulness supports me in taking care of myself, as well as influences greatly the gentle yet clear, strong processing that a client can quickly access with themselves. The ability to really listen / see / feel / hear what the client is saying continues to amaze me with its accuracy. Clients so often say "you get me" - right from the first session.
Your first appointment with me is free. We would usually work on a part of your problem so you can understand how our time together is used. You can then make a more informed decision if this model and theory feels comfortable for you. You should feel at ease with your therapist, even though it is a professional relationship where you are sharing your most private and intimate and sometimes unspoken parts of your life story.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with you, the person, and our relationship. I can also help with:
- Hidden memories
- Workplace Counselling, stress due to your job, ask your Employer to refer you and check if they will cover your counselling fees. I can invoice them direct.
- Old childhood memories coming back that need sharing and exploring
- Non specific feelings of low mood, generally feeling 'fed-up', but not sure why
- Undiagnosed depression
- Work related issues
- Relationship problems
- Divorce and separation
- Affairs and betrayals
- Life changes
- Mental health
- Alcohol reliance
First 30 minute session for both Counselling or Supervision is FREE.
Thereafter, fees for Counselling are £40 or an hour.
Fees for Supervision are £45 for 1.5 hours
I also teach Yoga and Meditation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
By appointment only, day time mainly. Sometimes an evening slot becomes available. A FREE 30 minute session is offered first for you to see how therapy can help you.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Trained at Derby University in Supervision.View supervision profile