Judie Attenburrow Registered MBACP
I work with young people and adults in Exeter. I am widely experienced and provide a warm and empathic environment in which you can explore your problems and difficulties without fear of being judged. However big or small - if something is bothering you - it's worth talking about. Typical issues that I work with include anger, anxiety, low mood, disordered eating, self harm, low self esteem, panic attacks and relationship problems.
Sometimes such problems can be confusing, difficult to recognise and impossible to share with those closest around us. They can leave you feeling isolated and lonely. Counselling offers an opportunity to make sense of what is happening to you at difficult times in your life and it can help in many ways.
I feel passionate that everyone deserves support and that through talking through your problems with a professional counsellor you can gain insight and awareness which will help you heal, make changes if you want to, help you find your own solutions and fulfill your potential.
The first step to getting support is to find a counsellor who you can work with. I offer an initial session in which we meet and talk about what is bringing you into counselling. I can explain the way I work and will answer any questions that you may have. It's a chance to talk about your hopes for counselling and address any fears that you may have.
I am an integrative counsellor which means that I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches which gives me scope to be flexible to your needs. I offer a safe space in which you will be respected and together we will help you gain insight into your difficulties.
I work towards caring for your whole self, taking into account your physical and emotional well being, which I believe are interrelated.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work with adults, young people and teenagers at my private practice in central Exeter. My practice is in calm and beautiful surroundings which hopefully gives my clients a peaceful place for self reflection.
Previously I was a College Counsellor at Richard Huish Sixth Form college in Taunton where I worked with 16 - 19 year old students. In this role I worked closely with the student support service within the college internally and also externally with CAHMS, when a referral was appropriate.
I have also worked as a counsellor for Checkpoint, a Children's Society counselling service in Torquay. Checkpoint offered young people a multi support service which included drug and alcohol and substance misuse service, support for runaways, family mediation, sexual help, sexual exploitation, help with housing, information and advice drop in and counselling. I counselled students for Checkpoint at South Devon College, in Paignton.
I was originally trained as a Childline Counsellor and provided telephone counselling and on line chat counselling for children and young people up the age of 18 for a number of years until sadly the Childline base in the South West was closed. I was also a mentor for trainee Childline counsellors. I hugely valued this time which gave me broad insight into the troubles and needs of a wide range of children and young people from all over the country who were often dealing with very challenging situations.
I also have experience of working for a GP practice in NHS primary care where I counselled adults following referral from their GP covering issues such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety, OCD, loss and grief.
I have been awarded the following qualifications:
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling ( BACP accredited)
- Certificate in Counselling
- Childline Counselling training
- Childline Mentor training
- BA Modern Languages including the study of linguistics and the relationship between language and thought.
I also have Continuing Professional Development CPD certificates in the following:
- Anger & Rage
- Disordered Eating
- Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
- Alcohol and Substance abuse
- Sexual grooming
- Safeguarding Children and Adolescent
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for a 50 minute session for individuals.
Initial consultation sessions £25 for 50 minutes.
I am a registered member of the BACP British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and consequently I bound to it's ethical framework for good practice. I hold an enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate for working with children, teenagers and vulnerable adults.