Julita Levinson, MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons), Cert. Couns, Dip. Couns
Taking a step towards positive change may be easier than you think...
All of us, without exception, encounter difficult times and situations at some point of our lives. The society, our upbringing and our own expectations often tell us that we should be able to “get a grip” and “pull ourselves together”, which is why so many of us are so reluctant to seek support when we need it most. Ironically, talking to someone who is trained to help is not a sign of weakness or failure, but just recognition of the fact that we want and deserve to feel better!
Individual counselling sessions normally take place once a week on the same day and at an agreed time, and usually last for an hour. The length of therapy is different for everyone – it can take a few sessions or many months, depending on your situation and your needs.
During that hour, you will decide what you want to talk about – it is your space and you are in charge of the process. My role will be to hear and understand what is going on for you and help you find a way forward by reflecting back, asking questions and sometimes, making suggestions.
If you are going through a particularly challenging and tough time and need to talk to me outside of the session time, I will be available to speak to you on the phone, free of charge. Typically, I will ask you to text me or to leave me a voicemail and I will return your call as soon as I am able to.
There are occasions where it is not possible for a client to physically attend therapy sessions, due for instance, to a physical or other disability. It is perfectly valid and possible to conduct regular counselling sessions on the phone.
E-mail contact will never be a substitute for a counselling session, but can serve to provide you with information between sessions, brief support or be a way to make, change or cancel appointments.
One person cannot be an expert on all topics. This principle also applies to therapists. If you approach me for support with an issue which lies outside of my area of training or experience, I will make every effort to help you identify an appropriate alternative source of support and suggest an individual or organisation better equipped to support you effectively. This may be instead of, or in addition to our individual arrangement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified, BACP accredited integrative counselor with a person-centred background, which means that one of the most important factors during the therapy process will be the strength and quality of our therapeutic relationship.
I have 20 years of counselling experience, working within several diverse areas, such as general depression, self-development, bereavement, domestic violence, substance misuse, and support for carers. I have provided training and counselling to clients in the criminal justice system (including those in custody), and to their families. I have worked as a counselor at a GP practice, offering general therapy to patients and have trained medical students in drug awareness issues. I have also provided training and consultancy to other professionals and organisations that offer therapeutic interventions. Currently, I work for a community rehabilitation project in West London, managing a service for individuals facing issues relating to their loved ones' substance misuse and offending behaviour. I also run a support groups for family members of service clients. As an Accredited and Registered Member of BACP I subscribe to their Professional Code of Practice and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gay and lesbian
Time limited therapy
An hour-long therapy session is between £50 and £65 (depending on location, time and day of a week). Some lower fee spaces may be available, so please ask!
Your first session - an assessment, is £25, will also take an hour and will be an opportunity for both of us to decide if we can and want to work together, or whether an alternative referral would be more appropriate.
East London. Other locations may be possible to arrange.
Do you have a question about this service? Or, would you like to arrange an assessment session to decide if this is for you?
By phone: 07976 549 499
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Types of client