Judy James, MBACP : Relationship Consultant & Emotion Focused Therapist (EFT)

Judy James, MBACP : Relationship Consultant & Emotion Focused Therapist (EFT)

Hawthorn Lane

Bold Street

07752 456691

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About me

I am dual-trained and qualified both as Counsellor-Therapist and as a Personal Coach; this means you can benefit from the integration of the two professional approaches, Coaching and Therapy. We can address the worries and negative feelings that have caused you to seek support; we can also work towards solutions with a positive, future-focused approach, particularly if you are:-

  • looking to resolve upset and unhappiness in relationships
  • exhausted by stress and pressures of day-to-day life
  • overwhelmed by too many worries and self-critical thoughts
  • aiming to break unhelpful habits and impulses
  • seeking ways to improve work-life balance

I only use well-researched, evidence-based, effective therapeutic approaches so that you can soon feel the benefit of small changes that can make a big difference to the way you feel about yourself, your situation and relationships. My practice is based on sound experience, qualification, regular study and up-skilling through continuous professional development. With care and compassion I will support you to work through your feelings and build resilience so that you can live more contentedly with less stress and worry. I am dedicated to the coach-therapy approach because it promotes long-lasting change, not just a temporary fix.

Why not take advantage of the free 40 minute initial consultation that I offer. It's an opportunity for you to talk in confidence with someone who has a wealth of experience. Whatever you’re facing, there will be a variety of therapeutic approaches that can help, so we could explore these options together and find the way of working that bests suit you.

For Couples and Relationships of all kinds

“How come we love each so much yet tend to bicker, argue, say hurtful things and fight so much?”

“Somehow our relationship has lost its warmth and spark.”

“It feels like we’re just two people living under the same roof now"

If any of those statements resonate with you then you may well be interested in
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples.

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 adult and family 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 find 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 to come along together for 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, respectful, and connected.

Why not take the first step? An initial no-cost consultation is for 40 minutes and I work from consulting rooms in Wilmslow, Warrington and Manchester City Centre between the hours of 9.30am - 8pm Tuesday to Friday and 9.30am – 2pm on Saturdays. You may phone, text or email me to check availability and book an appointment between those times.

Training, qualifications & experience

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

EFT - Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals

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 in Executive Coaching
City and Guilds 7307 - Teaching in Adult Education

Additional Training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care

Neuroscience for coaching and counselling
Coaching Clients to work through their feelings
NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming

Healing attachment injuries
Attachment Theory
Sex as a safe adventure; connecting sexually and emotionally

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Addiction and Transforming Shame

Self and Self Image
Supporting people who have suicidal thoughts

Caring for the Bereaved

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 since 2014. In addition:-

  • I work with organisations and community groups to raise awareness of the behavioural and health implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress
  • I provide advocacy for people with communication difficulties of various kinds; helping people with verbal and written communication, and emotional expression.
  • I am passionate about EFT - Emotion Focused Therapy, and pro-active in raising awareness and promoting the benefits of the EFT approach. As co-founder of the North of England community of EFT Practitioners, I provide talks to professional associations and community groups not just about EFT, but also the topic of Emotion and Emotional Intelligence - the interplay between emotion, thought and action.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Therapeutic Coaching
Integrative Coach-Therapy

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care

Attachment Awareness

Photos & videos

  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy


Fees for counselling: 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 the person to feel that that they can talk openly in a supportive, non-judgmental, confidential environment; that's why I offer and make no charge for an initial first meeting 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.

Further information

For students of counselling and psychotherapy I provide sessions to fulfill the Personal Therapy element of course study and qualification.

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

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care
  • EFT - Creating Connection: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Working with the self and self-constructs
  • Attachment Theory and relevance to counselling and therapeutic practices
  • Coaching clients to work through their feelings
  • Alternative approaches: the integration of coaching with counselling or psychotherapy – exploring the similarities, differences, benefits and results

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

Maps & Directions

Wilmslow, SK9
Warrington, WA1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-8pm. Saturdays 9.30am - 2pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults