Julie Webb, MBACP; MA. Therapist & Supervisor. CB5 & CB2
- This is your chance to explore the issues and difficulties that life, relationships, and some patterns of behaviour create.
- This is your chance to take a journey that will lead to greater understanding, clarity and increased self-awareness.
- This is your chance to create an opportunity to make changes in your life with confidence and support.
Counselling & Psychotherapy:
Counselling and Psychotherapy creates a fertile environment for clarity, psychological healing and change. I believe therapy is a mutual creation, a space where we co-create a sense of who we are, what we want, and perhaps what we don’t want. We will hear, as a full bodied experience, the impact of our words, imaginings and desires. Crucially, we will also get the chance to be critically reflective in the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. This relationship is not like other relationships. You will be met with an aspiration of warmth, compassion and understanding, creating a trusting safe space for us to challenge our assumptions, beliefs, and relational habits. Our assumed knowing will reveal itself in a space where we get to concentrate on you, your dilemma, your distress, whatever you have sought therapy for. Above all else therapy is a healing and creative space where our sense of self can ebb and flow, shift and change into a more accepting vibrant existence.
As an experienced BACP registered therapist I have counselled clients across the generations, in a confidential space to explore problems in living such as:
relationship difficulties (inc romantic, friendship, family, work-related, present & historical)
anxiety & stress
divorce and separation
decision making & life choices
gender and sexuality
self-esteem and confidence issues
abuse - present & historical
health anxieties & illness
Person-centred therapy respectfully and compassionately, places trust in unconscious motivational forces to reveal what is limiting, hurting, and what matters to each person as an individual. Working in this way enables you to move forward in a safe and confident way. The existential attitude means that I believe in free will, choice, and that though our human angst can be natural, it can be hard to bear sometimes. My training in philosophy and existentialism enables me to open up and explore some of the wider issues for you such as what it is to be human, how to identify meaning and value in life, and consider options and choices. I absolutely believe that each person has the ability to live life in an empowered way and I have aided clients through the task of becoming more the person they wish to be, living a life they wish to live.
I also offer Hypnotherapy as a way to engage in specific stress-related issues and the experience of anxiety. This is an evidence-based approach that has been approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS). There is nothing gimmicky or flimsy about the approach and it has nothing to do with popular 'stage-hypnosis' that you may have seen on the television. My person-centred approach to therapy goes very well with the practise of hypnotherapy because you are always in the driving seat, you are always awake and aware of what is going on. All hypnosis is necessarily self-hypnosis.
I offer non-trance hypnotherapy which is a form of active relaxation to aid you in your change process. Used in the context of addressing specific stress-related issues, anxiety and fear, this type of active relaxation is about creative visualisation and positive affirmation.
This is short-term solution focussed therapy and you may find that you only need 3-6 sessions to experience real improvement in whatever specific issue is holding you back. You need no special clothing and will be able to function fully immediately afterwards in order to get on with your day. You are free to re-engage in hypnotherapy for a different issue at any time and may find that experiencing relief in one issue may have a knock-on effect with other issues too.
Hypnotherapy is only offered in Trumpington (CB2) and costs £60 per 60 minute consultation, so please specify your wish for hypnotherapy when making contact about an appointment.
Couples therapy can provide invaluable insight into the workings of your relationship, whether familial, friendship, romantic, marriage, heterosexual or same sex. How we relate to one another has a profound impact on our wellbeing and function in the world and choosing the option to look at it more deeply is a courageous step. Couples come to counselling for all kinds of reasons and do not have to wait until crisis point of staying or leaving is reached. Couples counselling is offered to any couple wishing to take a deep look at their relationship and its workings.
Whilst the past necessarily influences the present, my approach with couples is to work in the here and now and explore the intricate dynamic between you such as - what habits of relating do you have individually and together? What patterns have you fallen into? What matters to you most? How do you hear one another? Where are you not hearing? What do you want from each other? What are you experiencing in your body as you relate to each other? These are all possible questions that may be implicit if you choose to embark upon couples counselling, and I look forward to exploring with you whatever seems difficult in your relationship right now.
How to choose your counsellor:
Contemporary research tells us that the counselling relationship itself, is the key to good therapy, and so it is important, that you feel able to confide in the therapist and trust the process of therapy itself. That can be challenging as it takes time to build a safe, trusting and productive relationship. Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task and you are encouraged to listen carefully to your own reaction and felt sense when choosing. Begin now, in this moment, to trust your inner experience as you begin this journey into self-awareness and personal development. By listening to yourself even at this first stage, will already begin to aid your change process. And it is my aspiration and task to be open to the unfolding nature of our relatedness during our work together.
Bringing together my training as a therapist, experience as a personal development trainer, and studies in Philosophy, means my style of therapy is like a one-to-one personal consultancy, tailored to you and your needs, to help you find a way forward, with an aim for you to work towards what really matters in your life. I am skilled in critical reasoning and compassionate listening - a powerful combination which may aid you through muddle and confusion.
How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions is entirely in your power. For counselling & psychotherapy some clients find that 10 sessions is enough to address their concern and find a way through. Others find 20-30 sessions helps identify and address more ingrained issues and habits that seem to impede their life somehow. There are other clients that see this kind of therapy as part of their ongoing self-care and personal development and we can find ourselves working for a year or more. Hypnotherapy is short-term therapy. Whichever you choose and however therapy unfolds for you, it will be reliant upon your commitment to therapy, my commitment to therapy, and ultimately commitment to your life. You do not have to decide up front how many sessions you might like or need. Just like life, we never know what is around the corner, and so too therapy can take many twists and turns, and being open to the necessary unfolding nature can make therapy extremely rewarding.
Are you ready to explore?
What stories are you telling yourself about your life or those around you? What experience are you having in your body that stops you from living as fully as you would like to? What is happening in your relating with others that isn’t as pleasant as you would like it to be? What are your hopes, aspirations, dreams and desires?
You are a whole being, so let’s look at the whole of you and acknowledge that there’s more to you than meets the eye.
What some clients have said...
“Julie has been fantastically helpful for me. She worked with me to build a great relationship. When the approach we were taking in our sessions was too much for me she was kind and understanding. We then discussed new approaches and boundaries, which helped me feel comfortable to continue. I have worked my way to a much more comfortable emotional state with her help”. - K.W. 32yrs
“First a much needed attentive ear to talk things through with, working with Julie helped me to gain perspective and cast a different light on various events I was struggling with. Her professionalism, kindness and empathy have helped beyond I imagined it would be possible - very grateful for it.” - A.R. 25yrs.
“In my sixties I was surprised to find myself suddenly in what felt like a predicament of indecision involving retirement, separation and ill health simultaneously. After going round in circles for ages I decided to seek counselling for the first time in my life. I'm so glad I found Julie who I felt understood my situation and was able to gently help me find my way through.” - N.L. 68yrs.
“This was not what I expected. I didn’t expect to hear myself say the things I said or feel the way I did. Working with Julie allowed me to unravel the knots and make some sense for myself. As I started to feel better and more settled, I was able to make better decisions. Sometimes it was hard work but the benefits last a long time.” - D.W. 42yrs
“I found supervision with Julie to be an extremely positive experience. She enabled me to think deeply about my practice, was challenging yet always thoroughly supportive. I especially liked the emphasis she put on my wellbeing. This was very much appreciated.” - M.H. 63 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my early career in the NHS as a Personal Development Trainer, followed by running my own company in training and marketing. After a career break to establish a family and undertake academic study and research, I worked as an independent Philosophical Counsellor and Life Coach and this work still underpins my practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist. As a Counsellor I have worked with clients presenting a range of issues in the NHS GP Medical setting, and I had established a substantial private practice in Shrewsbury before relocating to Cambridge in 2015. I work with insurance companies to support clients referred from EAP schemes and Occupational Health departments.
As a counselling lecturer, I have taught counselling to qualified practitioner/degree level and have also delivered workshops in assertive training, philosophy for living, philosophy for therapists, gender and sexuality.
I am also a writer and have published articles in Self & Society (journal for humanistic psychology), The Journal for Existential Analysis (SEA), The Journal for Person-Centered Experiential Psychotherapies (PCEP), and have recently co-written and co-edited with Manu Bazzano, a collection of essays about philosophy and therapy - Therapy and the Counter-Tradition: The Edge of Philosophy.
BACP Accredited Register
Associate Member of Adlerian Society UK and Institute for Individual Psychology (ASIIP)
Member Association Humanistic Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision: Accredited Institute for Individual Psychology (ASIIP); Certificate in Supervision: An Integrative Approach - Accredited ASIIP; Certificate Evidence-based Cognitive Hypnotherapy (BPS approved); Couples Training: The Relational Academy; Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling (BACP accredited) ; Diploma CBT ; MA Humanities ; BA (Hons) in English & Philosophy; Certificate Training & Development
I attend a minimum of 30hours continued professional development per year in accordance with my professional association requirements.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Supervision is available in Cambridge and Kings Cross, London. I work with Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Trainees, as well as having experience of working with speech therapists, teaching staff, occupational health staff, and other helping professions including nursing.
From my background in Philosophy and Humanistic Therapies, I offer a reflective space for you to explore client work, your experiences and concerns, organisational issues, and the supervisory relationship. My Supervision training is accredited by the Adlerian Institute for Individual Psychology (ASIIP) and as such her supervisory work is underpinned by concepts of encouragement, support, equality and reflection. My training in Existentialism means that I am also able to open up and explore some of the wider issues of what it is to be human, identify meaning and value in a person's life, and consider options and choices. Exploring these types of issues in Supervision can be especially helpful when therapy 'gets stuck'.
I have spent more than five years as a counselling lecturer & trainer, and am experienced in supervising counselling & psychotherapy trainees and offer a discount for supervision in this area.
Consultations and fees are:
£50 for individual 50 minute session.
£60 for couples 60 minute session.
£60 per 60 minute session.
£60 per hour.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available weekdays and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Supervision in Cambridge, and Kings Cross, London.View supervision profile