Julie Dodds MBACP(Accred), EMDR Practitioner, Adv Dip Couns, UKRCP registered.
I offer confidential counselling within a caring, non-judgemental, safe environment In BANGOR and DONAGHADEE to adults, teens and children based on 16 years experience. I specialise in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anxiety, stress, anger management, assertiveness training, sexual abuse, personal growth, couples counselling, bereavement, childhood issues ADHD and phobias among others.
My counselling rooms are in Donaghadee and Bangor.
Taking a courageous step when phoning or emailing me, you can start to make changes. Talking and sharing your feelings with someone professionally trained can make an enormous difference and give a huge sense of relief.
My aim is to offer a regular time and space for you to talk about and explore the difficulties you are experiencing in a caring, safe place which is confidential and free from intrusion. By exploring your feelings and fears I can help you reframe the problems and help you to recognise your own resources.
I am qualified to work with individuals, parents, teenagers and children and as well as being accredited I am listed on the UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP), with over 16 years counselling experience, working in schools, agencies, EAPs and private practice.
It's important to note that anyone can be a member of organisations - always check for qualifications (and which awarding body) and accreditation within which organisation.
BACP require years of therapeutic hours working with clients before even beginning the accreditation process
Learning coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and anxiety is often the key to overcoming it and this is what counselling can provide.
I believe that we all potentially possess the necessary abilities to solve our problems and face life's difficulties. However, we often get stuck in repeating certain patterns of behaviour, often learned in childhood, that are detrimental to our emotional and physical health. These can be damaging to our self esteem and to our relationships leading us towards a life that is unfulfilled and has lost its meaning.
I am a Qualified Practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Densitisation Reprocessing), a specialised and often fast-working treatment for the relief of traumatic symptoms such as those experienced after being involved in any physical, emotional or sexual abuse however big or small that creates an inner imbalance affecting self esteem issues. It also works very well with childhood trauma.
The aim as a therapist is to assist you to see more clearly what your situation is, to help you recognise your part in it and discover new and more creative ways to resolve the problem or crisis that you are facing, as well as future problems.
As an experienced accredited BACP trained counsellor/psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner I work with my clients to help them make positive changes in their lives. I'm available for sessions on Saturday as well as during the week 9-5pm.
The therapy I use
My approach is integrative using the person-centred model as a foundation, to produce a confidential, trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. I integrate this with Psychodynamic work, EMDR and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
CBT can help you see how your thoughts and behaviour relate to the way you feel, and how this might contribute to problems in your life. It helps you find ways to change your thought patterns and behaviour so you can cope with your problems and anxieties better.
However, counselling, no matter what approach is used, centres on building a trusting therapeutic relationship to enable you to share, explore and start to change some of the issues that have brought you to counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling: Awarding Body: Queens University
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Awarding Body: PCI College Dublin
Advanced Diploma in Counselling: Awarding Body: AQA
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People
Accredited: ABC Awarding Body Consortium
Accredited BACP & UKRCP
Family Counselling Training: Parent's Advice Centre
I consider it essential, as part of my continuing professional development to regularly update and add to my skills and knowledge through specialist trainings, courses and conferences.
My work is conducted according to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with whom I am a registered accredited counsellor and I am also a member of their division for Counselling Children & Young People (CCYP).
The BACP is the umbrella organisation for counselling in the UK.
I am covered by insurance and acquainted with the Guide to School Counselling set out by the BACP and have had a recent police check (POCVA).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship or family issues
Self esteem issues
Bereavement and loss of any kind
Anger management programme
Counselling children or teenagers require different skills because the developmental stages and cognitive ability in children and adolescents must be taken into consideration. Therefore it is essential for me to tailor the counselling approach, using strategies and creative interventions which will specifically address their needs in ways which are acceptable to them.
I have worked successfully with young people to resolve issues relating to: anger, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-harm, bullying, disruptive behaviour including ADHD, family and stepfamily relationships, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, phobias, bereavement and loss etc.