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Bsc (Hons) M.Phil, MBACP Accredited. In person or online

About me

Hello, I'm Julia, I'm a professionally qualified accredited counsellor. I have been a counsellor for over 20 years. I draw from CBT, humanistic approaches and solution focused therapy, and I am Accredited with the BACP.

I see people facing all sorts of problems, as well as those whose goal is to explore their lives further. I offer you respect, a warm understanding and sensitive encouragement to explore problems and to develop new ways of coping.

Working together - what to expect.

Our first session would be an opportunity to look at what issues are concerning you and to see how we can work together. If you then decide you would like to continue, we can arrange to meet again.

The number of sessions you have will be up to you to choose, you may just want one or two sessions which is just fine. Many people find that they make positive changes in their lives after just 6 meetings, but others find it helpful to continue for longer, staying with me for 10 or 20 sessions or many more. Some people find it helpful to continue with sessions for the long-term,  the choice will always be entirely down to your preferences.

I will be offering in person counselling at my practice, online counselling and a small number of home visits locally. I usually work at a private counselling and therapy practice situated on Whitchurch Road in Cardiff. It is a warm, friendly and modern space with a number of counsellors and therapists working from the practice. I have also just started working at The Mind Body Clinic on Newport Road.

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

You can be confident in my abilities as a counsellor. I have been a counsellor  over 20 years and I am one of the few counsellors who have attained accredited status with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The BACP is one of the main governing bodies of counselling and psychotherapy in Britain. Being accredited means that I have achieved a substantial level of training and experience that meets an advanced standard set by BACP.

As well as working privately since 2011, I have recently worked as a counsellor and supervisor for a charity for families from 2017 to Dec 21 where I saw individuals and couples. Previously, I worked for over 13 years as a counsellor in Cardiff University with staff, students, members of the public and supervising other counsellors.

I have also worked as a counsellor in a GP surgery. In addition, I have over 19 years research experience at Cardiff University, University of South Glamorgan and in the NHS, which has included research on depression, self esteem, families, visual impairments, end of life care, dementia and the challenges faced by carers and also parents of children with disabilities.

Qualifications:

  • Accredited British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2009)
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (CSCT 2001).
  • BSc (Hons.) Psychology (Cardiff University, 1990)
  • M.Phil (Cardiff University 1997).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Changes in a friendship
  • Carers issues
  • Social anxiety
  • Low self confidence
  • Worry about turning 30
  • Finding relationships with men difficult
  • Finding relationships with women difficult
  • Parenting a child with a disability
  • Being in a verbally abusive relationship
  • Mr Nice Guy  
  • Visual impairment
  • Not enjoying being a parent
  • Falling in love with the wrong person
  • Your partner is having an affair
  • You are having an affair
  • Making sense of infidelity
  • Infertility
  • Struggling with becoming a parent
  • Feeling that you are losing a friend
  • Sex worries
  • Too good to leave but too bad to stay relationship
  • Exam anxiety
  • Having an unloving mother or father
  • Cognitive hypnotherapy and teach self help EFT

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

Introductory sessions & sessions thereafter:

  • £60 for individuals in person face to face
  • £60 for individuals online
  • I offer supervision at £60

Each session lasts one hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I see people in person 8am to 5pm Monday to Weds at my practice on Whitchurch Rd.

I also see people Monday to Friday online 

178a Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3NB

The Mind Body Clinic, 128 Newport Road, Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF24 1DH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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I am able to offer a small number of home visits.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Phone

I am an integrative counsellor.

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