Judith Whitehead, Registered MBACP (Snr. Accred), RGN
I am a Registered BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and work with individuals on a one to one basis for short term or long term therapy. I have extensive experience as a Counsellor and Registered Nurse in Primary Care and NHS Trusts. In addition I have a private practice in East London.
Counselling provides an opportunity to identify and explore problems you may be experiencing. I will provide a safe and confidential environment in which to explore and express your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a way that is not always possible with family and friends and which you may not have felt safe to talk about before. The sessions may enable you to see things more clearly, help you to see what choices are available and thus make some decisions or changes in your life. Lasting change is possible through a process of understanding and coming to terms with unresolved feelings that may have remained hidden for a long time.
Counselling is different from other kinds of help where a condition may be diagnosed and a course of treatment prescribed. It is a process by which you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others and thus find solutions that will be constructive for you personally. The aim of counselling is therefore to help you to help yourself through periods of distress, crisis or change.
I use a person-centred approach in my work with clients. I also integrate other therapeutic methods where these might benefit the client e.g. cognitive behavioural techniques, breathing and relaxation techniques, gestalt etc. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), primarily for clients presenting with PTSD but also when I feel this method would be of value.
I see clients with a variety of issues for example:
- Relationship issues
- Family difficulties
- Work related stress
- Emotional trauma
- Physical trauma
- Sexual abuse
- Low self esteem
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling in 1991 at Metanoia Psychotherapy Training Institute in Ealing.
I completed EMDR training in 2014 with EMDR Works and have been offering this way of working to clients where appropriate.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (Senior Accredited) and a Registered Independent Counsellor with the UKRC. I currently work as a primary care counsellor in a GP practice in North London and work with individuals referred by the primary care team for a variety of issues.
As a BACP registered counsellor I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework.
I am also a Registered Nurse and currently work part time on a Department of Health programme to improve the health and well being of teenage parents and their babies focussing specifically on improving maternal health, bonding and attachment, family support, life chances, readiness for school and access to health and community services.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 for 50 min session
£75 for 75 min EMDR session
I am approximately 10mins walk from the underground and overground rail network. Buses from the station stop less than 2 minutes walk away.