Julia Chapman BSc (Hons), MA, Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred)

Julia Chapman BSc (Hons), MA, Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred)

The Westoe Practice
1a Elizabeth Street
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 4PJ

OH3 Ltd
172 Newbridge Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

0191 425 0101 (Westoe) / 07539 031 145 (Newcastle)

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The Westoe Practice
1a Elizabeth Street
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 4PJ

OH3 Ltd
172 Newbridge Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

0191 425 0101 (Westoe) / 07539 031 145 (Newcastle)

About me

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor experienced in providing counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for a wide range of issues and I have a special interest in anxiety disorders. I provide employee counselling for organisations in the North East. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and I am a member of the BACP Private Practice Specialist Division and the BACP Workplace Counselling Specialist Division.

I work with people who refer themselves for counselling and people who are referred by their employer. Sessions can be arranged in Newcastle or South Shields or via telephone or Skype.

I am listed on the register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care. My certificate number on the register is 082979. This shows that I have reached a recognised level of competent practice which complies fully with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines and ethics.

I have also been awarded Accredited Membership of BACP. This means that I have been assessed by BACP as achieving high standards of knowledge, experience and development. BACP accreditation is awarded through an in-depth application and assessment process.

My counselling training began in 2005 when I was trained by the Samaritans to work on their telephone helpline. Before setting up my private practice in 2014 I provided counselling in a variety of different settings - at a national drug and alcohol service, a charity for families and carers in South Shields and a high school in Newcastle.

I believe that everybody is different and what works for one person does not necessarily work for another so I tailor my approach to suit you. I understand that coming for therapy can be a big step so during your first session I will answer any questions or concerns you may have so you can decide if you would like to begin sessions. Therapy can be short or long term depending on the issues you are facing and your personal requirements.

I offer appointments at the Westoe Practice in South Shields, a Centre for Health and Wellbeing established in 1995. I also offer appointments at OH3, an Occupational Health Provider in Newcastle upon Tyne.

To find out more about me or the locations where I offer appointments please visit the websites below:




The Westoe Practice is located just off Westoe Road which is the main road leaving South Shields town centre. It is a ten minute walk from Chichester and South Shields metro stations and there is parking directly outside the practice.

OH3 in Newcastle upon Tyne is a two minute walk from Manors Metro Station and there is parking directly outside of the building.

Training, qualifications & experience

2018    Accredited Membership of BACP

2014    Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

2012    Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

2007    Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and Development (Distinction)

2005    Level 1 National Award in Interpersonal Skills (a Counselling Skills Course)

2005    BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology (First Class)

As a committed professional, I ensure that my practice is enhanced by attending regular training events and courses. This ensures that my skills and knowledge remain up to date.

I also adhere to the BACP requirement that counsellors must receive regular counselling supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


£45 per session for face to face sessions, Skype sessions or telephone sessions or £48 for evening appointments (5pm or later).

Counselling sessions usually last for 50 minutes. The first session lasts for one hour to allow extra time for any questions you have to be answered.

Face to face sessions at the Westoe Practice in South Shields:

£45 per session for each daytime appointment or £48 for evening appointments. Evening appointments are appointments that begin at 5pm or later. A fifty percent non-refundable deposit of £22.50 for daytime appointments or £24 for evening appointments is payable to reception at the Westoe Practice at the point of booking each session.

If you need to cancel a face to face appointment please let reception know as soon as possible. Reception require 24 hours notice of cancellations to be able to offer the appointment to somebody else. Reception are unable to refund the fifty percent deposit, but you may transfer the deposit to your next appointment if more than 24 hours notice is given to cancel your appointment. If you would like to transfer the deposit to your next appointment you will need to let reception know when you can attend within 10 days of cancelling your appointment.

Face to face sessions in Newcastle upon Tyne:

£45 per session for each daytime appointment or £48 for evening appointments. Payment is made via electronic bank transfer at the point of booking each session. Please contact me for further details.

Corporate Services/Organisations:

If you are enquiring on behalf of an organisation, employee assistance programme, or other agency interested in referring employees for counselling please contact me for further details.

Further information

Corporate Services/Organisations:

I provide employee counselling services for a number of organisations based in the North East. Since 2015 part of my work with organisations involves working in-house as the Counsellor for an Occupational Health Company. I have worked with many people who were struggling with the stress and pressures of work and helped them to return to the workplace.

Alongside my Counselling work I have also previously worked in Human Resources and I have a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Development (with Distinction). I understand the issues facing employees and the benefits of counselling for employees and the organisations they work in.

Special Interests:

I have a special interest in working with anxiety disorders, such as generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder and any other anxiety related issues.

I have been trained to teach mindfulness skills and learning how to use mindfulness skills has benefitted many clients in my counselling practice. Please see my website for more information.

Face to face, Skype or telephone sessions:

I provide face to face counselling sessions at the Westoe Practice in South Shields and also at OH3 in Newcastle upon Tyne. I also provide counselling via Skype or telephone for people who are unable to attend face to face sessions or for people who prefer not to attend face to face sessions.

Maps & Directions

South Shields, NE33 4PJ
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2TE

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer daytime and evening appointments to fit around your schedule.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme