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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.

Ever wonder if you could actually get through the stuff that’s keeping you from feeling good about yourself and your life? A Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, and Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), located in Wilmslow, I offer you a warm acceptance.  In a safe, non-judgemental space, together I can support you to explore personal issues or emotions, past experiences or difficult relationships, helping you to discover what’s going on for you.

My passionate belief is that everyone has the potential to change their lives in meaningful ways with the right support and conditions. A bit like a plant needs water, sunlight and food to grow and reach its potential!

As an Integrative Counsellor with a Person-Centred approach, I can tailor therapy to meet your specific needs. In counselling, we may discuss your past or the ways you relate to others.  We may look at your self-concept, reasons for anxiety or for feeling low and explore patterns that may be troubling you.  I specialise in self-esteem struggles and areas where our sense of self impacts our well-being.

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 telephone chat 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 - Staffordshire University.
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts. Level 3
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education / Distinction
  • I have had training around the following areas:
    Working with men in therapy.
    Compassion Focused Therapy.
    Walk and Talk Therapy.
    Gestalt Action Methods
    Dreams Interpretation Awareness
    Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness.
    Expressive Art Therapy

  • In addition to private practice I am an experienced and 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

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.

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.

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Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The fee is £55 for a 50 minute face-to-face session. £50 for on-line or telephone counselling.  I offer a 10% discount for OAPs & Counselling Students.   Fees payable by bank transfer. If bank transfer is not available to you, we can discuss other options.   I am happy to have a chat over the telephone first to explore how we might work together.

Availability

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

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.

Brighter Spaces
7 Hawthorn Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 1AA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Judy O'Brien PgDip. MBACP

Judy O'Brien PgDip. MBACP