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About me

Hello, I'm Julia, I'm a professionally qualified accredited counsellor with over 20 years of counselling experience. 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 face to face counselling, telephone counselling, 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.

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 as I have over 20 years counselling experience 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, I am currently working as a counsellor and supervisor for a charity for families since 2017 where I see individuals and couples. 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.

I currently am counselling parents in a children's centre.

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 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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anxiety regarding Covid19 / Corona Virus
  • Facing change
  • Painful memories
  • Carer issues
  • Social anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Being in a verbally abusive relationship
  • Living with an angry person
  • 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
  • Sexual worries
  • Study difficulties
  • Exam anxiety
  • Having an unloving mother or father
  • Cognitive hypnotherapy and teach self help EFT

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Introductory sessions & sessions thereafter:

  • £50 for individuals
  • £65 for couples
  • I offer supervision at £50

Each session lasts one hour.

178a Whitchurch Road
Cardiff
Wales
CF14 3NB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

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

Availability

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5pm.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I am an integrative counsellor.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Julia Shearn Bsc (Hons) M.Phil, MBACP Accredited

Julia Shearn Bsc (Hons) M.Phil, MBACP Accredited