About me

Hi I'm Julia
I am a qualified counsellor offering one to one counselling in Chippenham.
If you feel like the rest of the world doesn't understand you? If you feel that you have lost your way and you need a sympathetic ear to hear what you have to say.
If you feel you are struggling with your feelings and emotions and would like to explore how you can turn things around and start living a more rewarding life, I can help.

About me

I am a humanistic psychotherapeutic counsellor living and working in Chippenham Wiltshire. My job is to explore what would be best for you and support you while you achieve this and find the right path for you without assuming I know better than you how to deal with your problems. Life offers us such exciting possibilities which can sometimes cause stress and anxiety, sometimes we are treated badly by others and need help to understand why. Counselling can help us find ways to change the things we can change and gain acceptance about the things we can't. Seeing our lives in a calm and compassionate way can help us move on to a more fulfilling life and this is what I would like to offer you.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and support their principles and guidelines.  
I work in a person centred way which means I will listen to you without judgement and with empathy, respect and compassion to help you explore your concerns and problems by helping you explore your issues carefully and support as you find acceptance of the past and move into the future.
Talking therapy can be extremely useful particularly in this age when people are so busy and it can become difficult to find someone to really listen to you either because of your busy lifestyle or maybe because it's too painful or too difficult to share with a friend or family member. Having no-one to share your problems with can cause anxiety and stress and this has an impact on all areas of life including relationships and work.
Counselling can also help when you feel unsure of what is wrong and maybe just feel that you need to explore or find a more authentic version of yourself- maybe someone you feel more comfortable being or can relate too without feeling that you're missing out on something. It can also help if you feel you are missing out on your friendships- maybe you have difficulty making or keeping friends or you find friendships difficult and wish you had more confidence. Counselling can help you explore or resolve issues within your relationship with your partner or family. Maybe you have a history of failed relationships and you would like a better insight into why this happens.
I offer counselling sessions in Chippenham Wiltshire, from my home in a purpose built office offering you comfort and confidentiality. Having my office in my home helps me offer sessions at times to suit you so that we can work around your routine and other commitments you might have. This also means that if you want to you can come to therapy without needing to excuse yourself from work making your experience of counselling more confidential and convenient.  Daytime and evening appointments available including weekend appointments.
Please feel free to call me to arrange a time suitable for you or just to discuss what you feel your needs might be.

Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling - Pass with Distinction

Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body;
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

I have also attended training in addictions. stress, depression, shame, co-dependency and eating disorders.
I have particular experience counselling clients with depression, anxiety and low self esteem.

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

I also have experience in counselling clients who have needed support when coming to terms with difficult issues within their family- either complex family issues or separation from a partner and the effect this has on the family as a whole, and have helped them to gain an understanding of what is happening and how they can best deal with these difficult times and gain some perspective of their problems and help them find solutions and support.
I can also provide insight and support for clients working through their complex feeling around divorce or affairs and other betrayals from a loved one which can caused immense anxiety and heart ache.


Additional information

Weekly appointments are 50 Minutes long and are charged at a cost of £35.00 for the first session and £45.00 for each session after this. Fees for couples counselling available on request and depend on circumstances.
concession fees of £35.00 available for students and low incomes please enquire about availability.


Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. For clients who may have either mobility, childcare or accessibility issues home visits can be explored.

Further information

I offer short term therapy 8 to 12 sessions for help with particular problems and longer term therapy over 12 weeks for exploring relationships and to assist with helping clients change.
My opening hours are very flexible because I work from home. I am aware fitting counselling into a busy day can be a real factor for people who work full time, are self employed or have children or other relatives to care for during that day. please call to enquire about flexible hours.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy