Judy James

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Relationship Coach, Counsellor & Emotion-Focused Therapist
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Manchester City Centre M2 & Wilmslow SK9
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This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

About me

I support people from all walks of life to navigate their way through challenging circumstances and difficult, painful feelings. Perhaps you're here seeking help to make small changes that can make a positive difference to the way you feel about yourself, your situation and relationships. This might be if you are:-

  • exhausted by anxiety, stress and pressures of day-to-day life
  • overwhelmed by worries, negative and self-critical thoughts
  • aiming to break unhelpful habits, impulses and addictions
  • feeling traumatised by past experiences
  • looking to resolve upset and unhappiness in relationships

My practice is based on sound experience, extensive training and continuous professional development to provide a wide range of skills. I use well-researched, evidence-based therapeutic approaches that are effective and promote long-lasting, sustainable change. With care and compassion I will support you to work through your feelings, get to know yourself deeply and regulate your emotions so that you can live life contentedly with less stress, inner conflict and worry.

By integrating Coaching and Therapy you can benefit from the two approaches. We can work together to address the negative thoughts and feelings that have caused you to seek support; we can also work towards solutions with a positive, future-focused approach.

For Couples and Adult Family Relationships - Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT is a structured, usually short-term, collaborative approach that helps partners re-build love and trust to make their relationship stronger and more secure.

Unlike traditional forms of couple counselling, EFT is a clearly defined 3 stage process with specific steps and interventions to enable partners to understand their own and each others emotional reactions and learn new ways to communicate, relate to each other and resolve conflict and distancing. The process of EFT enables each partner to discover how their relationship history affects their interactions now, and enables them to identify where and how communication breaks down between them.

EFT is goal focused to increase security, closeness and connection in family and adult relationships.

How successful can EFT be?

Based on the scientific study of adult love, attachment theory and the pioneering work of Prof Leslie Greenberg and Dr Sue Johnson, EFT is well-researched and has a high success rate in overcoming relationship set-backs and difficulties. Research studies have found that 70-75% of couples recover from relationship distress, and approximately 90% rate themselves as significantly improved. EFT provides partners with a set of strategies and interventions to maintain the new bond, and problem-solve together so that they can overcome difficulties that arise in the future.

How can EFT help us?

I welcome you and your partner or family member to a free consultation to find out more about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and how it could help you resolve upset, restore the bond between you and help re-shape your relationship so that it feels safe, secure, respectful, and connected.

Why not take the first step? An initial no-cost consultation is for 30-40 minutes online. Usual working hours are 8.30am - 8.30pm Tuesday to Friday and occasional Saturdays from 9.30am to 1pm. You may phone, text or email me to check availability and book a consultation between those times.

Waiting list: Please note there is currently a 4 month waiting list for sessions. You are welcome to book an initial online consultation so that you can receive immediate support and make an informed decision about the right approach and therapy for you; however, depending on circumstances, it may not be until October 2024 that I can see you for a course of sessions. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Trauma - Emotion-Focused Trauma Therapy (for Relational & Complex Trauma)

Psychotherapeutic Counselling -  Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals

Couples Therapy - Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples – Externship and Additional Core Skills

Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (MMU) 
BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency
Intermediate and Foundation in Counselling Skills

Practitioner Diploma: Academy of Executive Coaching
City and Guilds 7307 - Teaching in Adult Education

Additional Training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma Informed and Trauma Responsive Practice

Neurobiology and Neuropsychology of coaching and counselling
Coaching Clients to work through their feelings
Mindful Awareness: Focusing and Somatic Experiencing
Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Addiction and Transforming Shame

Self and Self Image 
Supporting people who have suicidal thoughts

Attachment Theory and In Action: Healing attachment injuries

Equality and Diversity – legislation and cultural awareness
Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS equivalent)

Having first started my training more than 20 years ago and provided counselling in the volunteer sector, I have been in Private Practice as a coach, counsellor and Emotion-Focused Therapist since 2014. From time to time I also provide:-

  • Advocacy for people with communication difficulties of various kinds; helping people with verbal and written communication, and emotional expression.
  • Workshops and training on Trauma Informed and Trauma Responsive Practices in Education, Health and Social Care professions
  • Training for organisations and community groups to raise awareness of the behavioural and health implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma and Toxic Stress

Member organisations

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Therapeutic Coaching
Integrative Coach-Therapy

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma Informed & Trauma Responsive Care

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Adult Family Relationships

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£65.00 - £90.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

There is a scale of charges dependent on venue, time of day, duration, single or block bookings, type of therapy etc, but fees are negotiable and an important topic to discuss and agree during an initial consultation. Choosing the right therapist and agreeing a way of working that best suits you and your needs are important steps at the start of the process. I understand how crucial it is for you to feel that you can talk openly in a supportive, non-judgmental, confidential environment; that's why I offer and make no charge for an initial consultation at which all these important factors can be freely discussed.

For Workshops and Seminars: Full details of prices, venues and content are available on request. See the Further Information section of this profile for a summary list of topics. I also welcome your enquiry if you would like to mix-and-match or include other aspects of personal or professional development so that a workshop is designed exclusively to meet the training, learning and development needs or your organisation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday to Friday 8.30am-8.30pm. Occasional Saturdays 9.30am - 1pm.

Waiting list: Please note there is currently a waiting list for sessions.

Further information

From time to time I run workshops and seminars to raise awareness of

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma Informed and Trauma Responsive Care
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Emotion Focused Therapy: Coaching clients to work through their feelings
  • Creating Connection: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Attachment in Action: the relevance of theory to therapeutic practice

For details of up-and-coming workshops or to book a bespoke seminar for your organisation, please get in touch by phone or email.

St Ann's Square, Manchester City Centre, M2

Brighter Spaces, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Please enquire for details of wheelchair user access at Warrington, Wilmslow and Manchester consulting rooms

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