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Judy O'Brien PgDip. MBACP

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About Me
During the current situation regarding COVID-19, sessions are offered by video call or telephone with some face to face sessions available. Please contact me for further details.

A Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), located in Wilmslow. I offer a calm, non-judgemental environment with a warm acceptance of whatever you bring.  I am passionate about helping you to create balance and become the best version of  yourself, free from stresses of the present, anxieties of the future and burdens of the past.

You may be feeling alone or out of sorts, or experiencing an unexplained malaise, worrying too much or not sleeping. Perhaps you are struggling with past issues, relationship problems, or having difficulties understanding what is going on for you that just doesn't feel right. As an Integrative Counsellor, I can tailor therapy to meet your specific needs to help you make sense of why you feel the way you do. I provide a supportive, confidential service, offering a safe, empathic, non-judgemental, accepting space which will enable you with my support to explore personal issues, past experiences and difficult relationships.

Primarily, a person-centred therapist, I work in an integrative way, which means I use various styles of counselling to meet your requirements, goals and needs.  Focusing on what is best for you, I provide a supportive, confidential  space to explore the difficulties you are experiencing and help bring about the positive change you are wanting in your life.

I welcome you to come, just as you are.

Getting Started
I appreciate making that initial contact can be challenging. To help, I offer a free initial chat over the phone to answer any concerns or questions about the counselling process you may have and help you to decide if I am the right therapist for you.

My answerphone is completely confidential, I may be with other clients when you call, so please do leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Level 7 / Distinction
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts. Level 3
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education / Distinction
  • BA Business and Personnel /Distinction
  • Currently training in Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Long term volunteer at The Counselling and Family Centre, Altrincham

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


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Comfort eating, low self confidence, low self worth, guilt, malaise, pet bereavement, shame, still birth, self criticism.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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I charge £50 for a 50 minute face-to-face session. £45 per session for on-line or telephone counseling.  Fees are payable in advance by bank transfer. If bank transfer is not available to you, we can discuss other options.

I offer concessions to trainee counsellors.  I am happy to have a chat over the telephone first to explore how we might work together.

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

My Motivation

People are individuals who have had life experiences often beyond their control that have shaped them in unique ways. None of us chose our genetic make-up, or the environment we grew up in, which can affect the beliefs we hold about ourselves and have an impact on driving distress.

Reaching out for support takes tremendous courage and a commitment to invest in yourself to work towards the positive changes you want to make in your life. Keeping it together can be challenging at times. No one is immune to the difficulties life throws our way. My motivation to support you as a therapist comes from my genuine interest in you and your life experiences. I appreciate the deep connections made with my clients together with the humbling privilege of sharing what it means to be human in a therapeutic relationship.

Counselling Rooms

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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


I am available in Wilmslow by arrangement. Offering face-to-face, online and telephone counselling.

Types of client

Older adults
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