Hello, I am a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association of counselling and psychotherapy. I am passionate about my job, and work hard to help people overcome their problems, whatever they may be. I believe counselling to be extremely effective if provided in a safe non-judgemental way and with honesty and commitment. My experience tells me that with commitment on both sides of the counselling relationship, anyone can make positive changes in their life. For most of us at some point or another, life can become very difficult, circumstances in our lives can change or become overwhelming,some relationships can also feel complicated or difficult.We can sometimes feel angry, frustrated, sad or trapped and unable to change things. Having the new perspective and focus of a counsellor can really help in these situations. Understanding and managing your feelings can help you to take back control in your life, address the issues at the root of your feelings, and you can bring about constuctive change for yourself. It seems to me that modern living can be extremely taxing and stressful, sometimes personally, sometimes at work, perhaps both, leading many people to feel depressed or anxious too, and this in turn, can strongly affect our mood or self esteem, preventing us from moving on with our lives and enjoying our positive experiences. Getting help can enable you to break free of these ways of thinking and feeling, rather than suffering with them or just hoping that they may go away on their own. If you are tired of just waiting for things to get better, and feel that you need to be active in bringing about positive changes in your life, then counselling could be for you. My experience tells me that problems dont just go away on their own, that the best way forward is to take positive steps and work at the issues that make our lives difficult.
I work in a way which integrates various approaches including Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis. I aim to use whichever approach best suits the person that I am working with.
Through working together, we can explore problems and difficulties, challenge your thinking, and alter behaviours if that's what you want in order to bring about positive changes that improve your life and wellbeing. Or it may be that you want to explore your feelings around certain issues, either past or present in order to move forward with your life feeling healthier.
"I had a lot of reservations about seeing a counsellor, all of which Jude blew out of the water from the first session! I found her compassionate, rigorous, professional, generous and kind. Over the months I saw her, Jude helped me understand and see myself in a different way, and gave me practical tools and exercises which have helped me make real, positive changes in my life." Sarah.
I understand that undertaking counselling can be initially daunting, and am therefore happy to chat and answer any questions or concerns you may have, before you book an appointment.
I am able to work from two locations, one in Heaton Moor during daytime hours, and one in Altrincham, which is evening hours only.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills (1997)
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (1999)
Diploma in Cognitive Bahavioural Therapy (2010/11)
Workshop on Self Harm.
Workshops on Bereavement Counselling.
Workshops on Confidentiality and the Law.
Workshop on Attachment Theory.
I have considerable experience of working with both adults and young people, within the NHS at a counselling and advice centre, and also within the school and sixth form environment, as well as in private practice.
Within these roles I have dealt with a wide range of issues which include low self esteem, anger, stress, anxiety, bereavement & loss, depression, self harm, OCD and bullying (in both adults and children) relationship difficulties, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse, amongst others.
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
£40 per hour - Heaton Moor - Daytime and early evening sessions only.
I offer concessions for people who are not in employment, are full time students or are on low incomes.
I am fully insured.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I undertake regular Supervision.
I am comfortable working with Adults and Young people.