Judy Cooper Registered Member MBACP (Accred.)
Loss takes many forms and, if unresolved, can lead to anxiety, depression, anger or lack of self-esteem.
As a professional counsellor, specialising in bereavement, I am familiar in working with the issues surrounding grief and loss. Experiencing the death of a loved one is a hard loss to bear and having a safe place to express and explore our feelings can be enormously helpful.
However, we can also lose other significant things in which we have invested a great deal of time, effort and emotion.
At times we need to grieve for relationships, dreams, youth, status or health for example. We find it difficult to let go and yet trying to hang on frustrates our efforts to move on with our lives. Sometimes we need support while we let go and help to manage the consequent loss. As a counsellor specialising in loss and bereavement I can provide this help and support.
I offer you the opportunity to address whatever is troubling you in a warm and sensitive environment. Any and every issue you bring to counselling deserves attention if it is affecting your ability to live life to the full. In a safe and caring space we can identify causes for difficulties you may have and work together to facilitate the changes you want to make.
My role is to help you come to your own decisions, not about telling you what to do. It can be hard to talk about very personal problems. Come and see me for a free thirty minute session to see if we can work together. There is no commitment to continue if you discover that this isn't the way forward for you.
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.
I work at home in a country village which provides a discreet private and confidential setting for therapy. There is free off-road parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
Volunteer 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
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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 meeting 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 meet, I am happy to suggest other counsellors.
Counselling can be short or long term. At our first meeting 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.
My practice is located in Chelwood Gate on the edge of Ashdown Forest within easy reach of Haywards Heath, Uckfield and East Grinstead. I work from home in a quiet country village setting with easy parking.