Julia Godden

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Stroud GL6 & Cirencester GL7
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About me

Are you struggling to identify your relationship needs, unsure how to communicate for better connection in your relationships? Are you struggling to know what you want from life?

Perhaps parts of you are numb or feeling sad,  angry and frustrated, things are not working out so well so I am here to walk alongside you. 

If you're going through a life changing event such as; bereavement, separation, or ill health or trauma which will completely change your world, I'm here to support you with how to move forward. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression and your way of coping is no longer effective, this will undoubtedly leave you at a loss as to what to do next. 

I work well with supporting individuals to develop greater capacity to face challenges caused through loss of any kind. People often come to me at a crossroads or a transition point.  Over time, you might be feeling that life is not truly satisfying but you feel a bit stuck and miserable, you might be feeling the impact of family issues or aging where life feels less meaningful and lacks purpose. 

I help people feel empowered to overcome obstacles and grow in confidence, self-esteem and understand things differently when life feels stagnant, or  unbearable leaving them sad, alone and anxious.

Perhaps you are taken over with grief or guilt. You might feel the rug has been pulled beneath you and can't imagine ever feeling better. 

You might not believe that your situation can really improve but great strides can be made, allowing you time and space where your concerns are deeply held and listened too. It’s very possible that you will discover much more about yourself and the  potential for more happiness, hope and growth.

People come away breathing a little easier and feeling calmer. Gaining ability to not only cope but understand themselves better.

Together, we will find a way forward, I can support you in whatever place you find yourself, at a pace set by you. I emphasise a deep and abiding trust for the process.

If you're curious about how we might work together, please get in touch.
Do find out more at www.juliagodden.com 

Training, qualifications & experience

Ethics is important, therefore I follow the ethical standards set out by BACP. I have also gained significant or specialised counselling experience by working within agencies for substance misuse for 3 years. Additionally, I worked in a hospice, with bereaved clients, carers and clients with life limiting illness as well as a charity for CRPS.  I also work at Five Valleys counselling Practice on a freelance basis.

My own life experience informs the way I work, alongside my training and the lens in which I view the therapeutic process.

I aim to not make assumptions,  be anti oppressive and culturally competent, and I am trauma and somatically qualified. 

I consider the importance of positionality. Culturally, individually and systemically, the connections between what happens in your self and environment. Mind, body and energy, both 'here and now' and rooted in the past, all of which may inform your sense of self and sense of 'place'. 

Historically, I've worked for many years within social and community care supporting a varied population of diverse people and oppressed groups. 
I am a trained yoga teacher and life long creative so all of this lends understanding, knowledge and experience of what supports my work. 

Relavant Qualifications 

  • Diploma in Diversity, Cultural Competence, Race & Anti-Discrimination Practice, June 2024
  • Certificate in I.F.S Inner Circle Intro training, IFS Institute March 2024 
  • Certificate in Traumatic Stress, ongoing 2024
  • Advanced Certificate In Understanding and Applying Parts,  December 2023
  • Advanced diploma (L5) in Trauma and Somatic Therapy,   2023
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (L 1, 2) 2018
  • Matrix Re-imprinting, 2018
  • Therapeutic Diploma (L4) integrative/person centred counselling, 2017
  • 500hr Yoga Teacher training (L 1, 2) 2009
  • Foundation Diploma, Art and Design (L 4) 2009
  • Certificate Counselling and Mentoring - Option Process, 2004

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • I work with a wide variety of artists, specifically in theatre. 
  • ADHD, Autism. 
  • Welcoming communities and affirming of LGBTQIA+ and GSRD
  • Grief and loss of all kinds past and current 
  • Life transitions
  • Disability 
  • Attachment injury/ Developmental trauma  


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I feel that much more can be gained  in a full hours initial exploratory consultation to find out if working with me is the best way forward.  The fee remains the same as a standard 50 minute session.

 Please make contact to discuss the next steps and  arrange a session at a mutually convenient time. IF we decide to go on to work together we will meet on a designated time and day for weekly sessions for 50 minutes. 

*all consession spots are unavailable at this time

When I work

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Further information

I am working Face to Face in Nailsworth, Stroud and Cirencester, and also outdoors in Nature in Stroud and in surrounding areas of the Stroud Valleys in Gloucestershire and remotely via telephone and video sessions.

I work relationally and creatively. My intensive trauma training ensures me to work safely with single event trauma/PTSD and developmental injuries/C-PTSD  in a 3 phase approach, with attention to the brain and nervous system. Research shows including the body in talking therapy, particularly in relation to trauma has favourable outcomes and significant improvements. 

 I also offer parts work, which includes structural dissociation model and with the technique of voice dialogue, from the psychology of selves model, as well as the technique of I.F.S,

I work in collaboration with you to ascertain your need in way of support, I do include cultural-psych-education. 

I offer open ended weekly sessions.  You can find out more here:


Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6

84 Dyer Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2PF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I can access a ground floor room in Stroud and Cirencester, if this is required.

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Julia Godden
Julia Godden