About me

We all have times in our lives when events in the present or issues from our past overwhelm us: times when we struggle with relationships, pressures of work or the demands and expectations of other people; times when we feel 'stuck', filled with sadness, guilt, shame of loss.

It isn't always easy to talk to family members and friends when we feel depressed or find it hard to cope, when we feel there is no hope or way out. Counselling offers you a safe and confidential space to talk and be heard; talking through your concerns and hidden emotions with someone who is not part of your life and who will accept you just as you are, gives you the freedom to focus on yourself and to speak openly without fear of criticism or judgment.

You are the expert of 'you' and you are in control of what you choose to share with me. I am a calm, experienced listener and practitioner and I will work with you to explore your thoughts and feelings safely and support you as you find the way forward.

I believe that you will find the answers you seek, achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, and you will discover what it means to be truly you.

I am mainly based in Worthing and have also worked with clients in Littlehampton, Rustington, Ferring and Chichester.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester

Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling - CCPE

Training Workshops in *Brief Therapy *Trauma *Sexuality *Art Therapy

Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP no 00923074)

Considerable experience working with

      1) children, adolescents, young adults, couples and families

      2) NHS staff, personal family issues/ work-related stress

Safeguarding and Wellbeing training and experience as safeguarding officer

Trained Samaritan and experience of working with emotional despair, suicide

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Retirement

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

My fees range from £40 - £70 per fifty minute session, depending on context, following an initial and free thirty minute introductory session.

Counselling may be brief (between 6 and 10 sessions) or open-ended and this will be discussed during the first appointment and will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the process.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Further information

'Being and Becoming'

These are words of Carl Rogers, who developed the person-centred approach of counselling and they are significant for me. I hope you will find the courage to truly be yourself when we meet, being honest and real in all the pain and distress that you might be feeling. Taking this first difficult step is the beginning of the process to become the person you're meant to be.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I am able to offer considerable flexibility, between 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. For exceptional circumstances, I would consider working at the weekend.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Judy Harris

Judy Harris