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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 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. 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 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.


  • 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.


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

  • 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


£60.00 per session

Additional information

Introductory sessions & sessions thereafter:

  • £60 for individuals
  • £75 for couples
  • I offer supervision at £60

Each session lasts one hour.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5pm.

I see people in person on 8am to 5pm Fridays and also on Tuesday afternoon

178a Whitchurch Road
CF14 3NB

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

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

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am an integrative counsellor.

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

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