Julia Berthon, MBACP (Reg), MBPsS
The Beechwood Practice
41 Hills Road
I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor working in central Cambridge with dedicated parking and easy access from the town centre bus and railway station or the M11 and A14.
I see people who want to make changes in their lives. I am also a trauma specialist.
Why seeking counselling or psychotherapy?
People look for counselling for many different reasons varying from very specific issues such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour or phobic anxieties to more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction with work or an inability to form satisfactory relationships. Sometimes, people simply want to understand themselves better.
Although most people feel reluctant, seeking help and calling to book your first session is the most important step in finding a solution to your situation.
I can offer you the support you need to overcome your difficulties and make some positive changes in your life.
I offer face-to-face, telephone and online sessions for a range of mild to severe difficulties for individuals (children, young people and adults of all ages), couples and families. I work both in English and in French.
I provide a relaxed environment in which you can talk openly and in confidence about your situation without fear of judgement.
Counselling and psychotherapy are about change where the therapist acts as a catalyst to bring this change about. Changing means a better understanding of yourself opening up to new perspectives. We are better at doing this when we have someone helping us to explore and reflect on our situation, this is because we are not usually used to being challenged with difficult thoughts and being asked to put our feelings and emotions into words. By raising your head and being heard you put yourself in the position where you gain the freedom to make your own decisions and therefore reach your full potential.
For these reasons it is important that you trust the person you will make this journey with and in order to see if you feel comfortable working with me, we would meet for an initial consultation where we review your reasons, concerns and hopes from counselling to see if counselling or psychotherapy is relevant for you at this time. If we decide to continue we can then arrange further sessions.
My core approach of psychotherapy is psychodynamic.
It is based on the assumption that our present-day problems are influenced by past experiences and relationships. I thus help you to review emotions, thoughts, early life experiences and beliefs to highlight the relationship patterns you have developed over time. Recognising these recurring and often painful patterns can help people see how they avoid distress or develop defence mechanisms to cope with difficulties and by so understanding their part in relationships they are empowered to change their situation for the better. The therapeutic relationship is central as people can re-experience their patterns in the relationship with their counsellor and then reflect on them in a safe place, without fear of rejection or retaliation
My experience also led me to integrate other approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred and transpersonal therapy as well as systemic theory which allows me to be flexible and to work in a way that fits your individual needs and circumstances.
The terms ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’ are often used interchangeably but counselling is generally more focused and shorter, typically about 6-15 weeks, whilst psychotherapy is deeper and longer term.
If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling or psychotherapy with me, please contact me by telephone or email to arrange an initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Psychologist having completed a six-year full-time Professional Master’s Degree at Paris Diderot University. I also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and in group dynamics including working with families and couples.
In addition to this I specialise in trauma and victim psychological support: PGCert in Psychotauma (Paris Diderot University) and Trauma Certification (SDS).
I have gained a wealth of experience working with a wide range of psychopathologies and mental health issues from mild to complex.
As a trauma specialist I work with all kind of issues: historic and recent sexual abuse, terrorism, road accidents, domestic violence etc at different stages of the psychotrauma.
I currently work in both the charitable and private sectors as well as with people who self refer for therapy in Cambridge, France and online.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): https://www.bacp.co.uk/ and I am a member of The British Psychological Society (BPS): https://www.bps.org.uk/ and as such I follow their Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct.
As part of a good practice I have undertaken my own personal therapy for a number of years.
I update and widen my practice with ongoing continuing professional development and reflective practice through group, peer and individual supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I offer a discounted rate of £30 for your initial consultation
Individual session: £50 (50 minutes)
Couple session: £60 (50 minutes)
Family session: £70 (1 hour)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Face-to-face Wednesday morning to evening / Online & telephone Thursday-Friday morning to evening & Saturday morning
Types of client