Judy Cooper

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Registered Member MBACP (Accred.)
Available for new clients
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Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I have been working since 2012 as a professional counsellor, now working only online.  This can be a great way to engage with counselling if travel is difficult or fitting sessions into a busy schedule is tricky.  All it requires from you is to have a computer or smartphone, then before a session I send an invitation to join me online. Simply click on the link and we are connected. It is also important to find a quiet and undisturbed place in which to engage with the therapy.

I am familiar with working with the issues surrounding grief and loss. Experiencing the death of a loved one is hard to bear and having a safe place to express and explore our feelings can be enormously helpful.

We can also lose other significant things in which we have invested a great deal of time, effort and emotion, for example a relationship, youth, status or a dream.

The loss of health can be life changing. Facing a difficult diagnosis can elicit confusing and conflicting feelings, both for ourselves and those closest to us. Not only do we have to deal with our own process of coming to terms with the knowledge, but also that of those who care about us.  Probably the very people we would normally talk to about our problems. 

We can find it difficult to let go of the way things were, and yet trying to hang on frustrates our efforts to move on with our lives.  Sometimes we need support in order to let go and to manage the consequent loss.  

Counselling helps people to make positive changes.  For example, lack of confidence or self-esteem can stop us being fully engaged with life and prevent us from reaching our full potential.  Having increased understanding of yourself and developing insight into your relationships will help you cope better when faced with difficult or distressing situations.  Identifying your inner resources and building on these can bring great relief from confusion, fear or loneliness.

Therapy provides an opportunity to address whatever is troubling you in a warm and sensitive space.  Any and every issue you bring to counselling deserves attention if it is affecting your ability to live life to the full. Together we can identify causes for difficulties you may have, learn to meet challenging circumstances and work together to facilitate the changes you want to make. My role is not to tell you what to do, but to help you come to your own decisions.

I understand that it can be hard to talk about very personal problems, but there is no pressure to talk about anything that you are not prepared to discuss.   Often, as therapy progresses, it becomes easier and often beneficial to broach more uncomfortable subjects.

As a first step I offer a complimentary thirty-minute session to make sure that we can work well together. There is no commitment to continue if you discover that this isn't the way forward for you.


Training, qualifications & experience

Previously a Bereavement Counsellor at St Peter and St James Hospice

Counselling Skills Certificate

Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling combining Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis theories.

Certificate in Bereavement Counselling

TA 101 Transactional Analysis

As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I abide by their Ethical Framework and Code of Practice.

Registered and Accredited Member MBACP

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

When I work

Weekdays between 9 am and 3pm

Further information

If this is the first time you have looked for counselling, I understand how daunting it can be and try to make it as easy as possible for you.

I am happy for you to get in touch by email or 'phone and, if you feel ready, we will arrange an initial thirty minute online conversation to see if we will work well together.  There is no obligation and no cost involved for this introductory session.  If I don't consider that I am the right therapist for you or we can't arrange a mutually convenient time to work, I can help you to find someone more suitable.

Counselling can be short or long term.  In our first conversation we can establish whether you need just a few sessions to address a current problem or a more in-depth approach for a deeper, longer lasting issue, or just take it as it comes and find out as we go along.

Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Judy Cooper
Judy Cooper