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About me

I have enjoyed long and worthwhile counselling career both as a private and NHS practitioner. I see individuals and couples and work with all age groups over 16 .

In these extraordinary times I believe it maybe helpful for many people to manage isolation with some mental health advice and strategies. It may not warrant a complete course of therapy but perhaps only one or two sessions. I will discuss this and agree a treatment plan at the outset.

Anxiety is normal for all of us now as we face the pandemic together . The fabric of our lives has changed in the short and medium term. Together we need to work on adaptation and acceptance.

People come to therapy with a range of issues and problems and all of them want to feel better or live their lives in a more meaningful way. I do not present myself as an expert who has all the answers. By working together we hope to find the right way for you to move forward and live you life in a better, richer way.

In my NHS work I worked with a lot of people suffering with depression and anxiety, with serious illness and with broken or estranged relationships.

Couples Counselling

Selecting a counsellor that can meet both your needs can be difficult and it is essential that both of you feel comfortable here before we can proceed. So it is important to attend the first meeting together and clearly outline what it is that you need and how you would like your relationship to change. Remember it is not possible to go back to "how thing were" but rather to look for a way towards a "new and healthier relationship".

I have completed a training in Interpersonal therapy and also in Couples Therapy for Depression (Exeter Model) at Exeter University and in both of these therapies there are excellent tools for improving communications and exploring ways of making changes when relationships seem to be failing. However it is important to do the work before the deterioration in the relationship becomes insurmountable. So if both of you are wanting to put in the work to improve or save your relationship then counselling has a good chance of working.

I recently completed a Masterclass with the world renown couples therapist Esther Perel.

Where I work

Due to the Covid 19 crisis I am working online or by phone but in normal circumstances people come hear to work with me in beautiful and tranquil surroundings. I am situated between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.The space I offer is completely private and confidential. We usually meet weekly for several weeks and then less frequently in order to follow up and ensure that the work we have done together is making a difference and has taken root.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bachelor Social Sc. ( Hon) in Psychology
Diploma Person Centred Counselling
Cert. Supervision
Cert.Creative therapy
Cert. EMDR
Cert. CBT

Before training as a counsellor I had experience in career guidance and HR.

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

Coping with chronic health issues and diagnosis.
Family relationships, coping with elderly parents.
Work to support carers.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Additional information

I currently charge £45 individuals and £50 couples per hour.

I do offer some sessions late in the day / early evening to add flexibility for those who work.


Monday , Wednesday normal office hours. Some late appointments by arrangement.

Further information

I will find the right approach to suit your needs. I have written many notes which I offer in handout format or pamphlets to support the work we do together. My booklet on Anger Management is widely used. My practice is in a lovely serene setting offering total privacy and ample parking.

If you feel comfortable working with me after our initial meeting then generally therapy can be completed in 6 - 10 appointments.

I can help you to make a decision about the type of therapy most suitable to your needs and explain the NICE guidelines on therapy recommendations. Today many people are keen that the therapy they are having is evidence based like CBT or Interpersonal Therapy or EMDR.

Oak Glade
Castle Lane
Budleigh Salterton

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I hold a supervision qualification.

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Julia Holden UKCP accredited counsellor

Julia Holden UKCP accredited counsellor