Judy O'Brien

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Counsellor. MBACP(Accred) PgDip. BA. PGCE.
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1AA
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and welcome to my practice.

As an experienced Counsellor Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I can offer you a safe, caring, and supportive environment where you can take the time to focus on yourself and what is troubling you.

Genuine support and care coupled with an open mind, unconditional respect and my willingness to share your vision of a fulfilling life are the qualities that I imagine will be of most value to you.

I place emphasis on the the therapeutic relationship where you will always be recognised as the sole focus and the most important element in the therapeutic process.  I recognise you as the unique individual you are and I  work to meet your individual needs, accepting you and all you bring to sessions without judgement.

There may be times in life when you are faced with emotional difficulties and not sure which direction to take or who to reach out to.  Struggling with unpleasant feelings can be all consuming and unwanted thoughts overwhelming. You may have support from those around you and gain comfort from them, although sometimes you may not be able to share what you want to talk about. It's times like this that counselling may help.

Perhaps you have unexplained anxiety or have lost sight of who you are, or what you want or need in life. You may feel lowness, confused, or derailed by events past or present. Perhaps you are struggling with issues that are causing you distress, going through a time of change, or reeling from loss. 

Whatever your difficulties are, my aim is to be able to help you make sense of what you are experiencing; make the changes you desire and reach better ways of being when problems feel overwhelming. 

Understanding and exploring thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours in a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment can make a huge difference to wellbeing and bring a sense of "lightness.”  My aspiration in sessions is to support you in feeling validated, accepted, heard, understood, known.  The experience of such compassion aims to help you to begin your journey towards releasing some of your heaviness, bringing that longed for sense of relief.  

As well as working with adult individuals, I work with couples and Two’s, where I offer an approach that has successfully supported couples who want to change areas in the relationship where conflict repeatedly occurs and where couples want to find more effective ways of connecting and communicating.

Feedback from a couple recently worked with….

“Thank you for providing such a safe space for us to voice our feelings, and for making us feel truly listened to and understood.   I felt immediately at ease and you gave me the confidence to approach a distressing and painful situation with positivity, hope and trust.   We have both learnt a lot about each other during our sessions, and they have given us tools to communicate, an understanding of our own personalities and how we can develop our relationship to a deeper level.

I have and will continue to recommend you to my friends and family, as I genuinely feel like I’ve found myself and my inner strength. 
With all the thanks in the world.”

Embarking on counselling may feel daunting. In training, I also sat in the client chair and remember only too well how overwhelming it can be. My lasting memories of the experience are of feeling safe and supported in a caring counselling relationship. Now, I find it immensely rewarding and a privilege to witness the unfolding of a client's trust in their own capacity to heal, survive and thrive. 

If you are interested in embarking on counselling therapy you might be wondering what happens next.  Well, we can arrange a brief telephone call to discuss what to expect, clarify costs and arrangements. You will then receive some paperwork from me with further information and we can book in your first session. Sessions may be taken weekly or fortnightly, or at agreed intervals that meet your needs. There is no obligation to commit to a set number of sessions. I am happy to work within your budget re frequency. I work in Wilmslow, Macclesfield and on line.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Level 7 / Distinction - Staffordshire University
  • Accredited Relationship Counsellor.
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts. Level 3
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education / Distinction
  • I have had additional training around the following areas:
    Attachment issues
    Inner Child Work.
    Compassion Focused Therapy.
    Working with men in therapy.
    Gestalt Action Methods
    Dreams Interpretation Awareness
    Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness.
    Expressive Art Therapy

  • I attend regular Supervision to enhance the safety and effectiveness of my practice, as well as undertake on-going professional training to increase my knowledge and enrich my work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

General anxiety.  Social anxiety.  Low self-worth & low self-esteem.

Specialises in  working with couples and other relationship dynamics, such as parent/teenager; mother/daughter.  

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

On-line investment per 50 minute sessions for individuals - £50.

Face to face per 50 minute sessions for individuals -£60
Face to Face per 50 minute session for couples -£75 
Face to Face per 90 minute session for couples - £110

Mindful of budgets, sessions may be taken at intervals to suit.

Do contact me if you would like to arrange an initial no obligation 15 minute no-fee  introductory chat in which we can explore how we might work together. I look forward to hearing from you.

Fees payable by bank transfer. If bank transfer is not available to you, we can discuss other options.   

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Generally I offer sessions Monday to Thursday

If you cannot make any of the above session times, do contact me  & I will do my best to accommodate you.

Further information


I am primarily Compassion Focused and Relational in my work. A style that places great emphasis on the relationship between you and I in a therapeutic space, between client and therapist.  In my therapy room you will always be recognised as the sole focus and the most important element in the therapeutic process. I embraces diversity and difference allowing the unique experience of you the client, to be central to the quest to support a more rewarding fulfilling life for you.

I work out of Brighter Spaces in Wilmslow and also in Macclesfield. I also can offer online sessions.

Brighter Spaces, 7 Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1AA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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If you are housebound, or unable to attend due to physical restrictions, I will discuss the possibility of a home visit with you.

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