Julia Lonergan, PGDip/Psych, MBACP, UKCP
You may be going through a particularly difficult time; you may be feeling lost in your life; or you may just feel the need to talk and be heard. Whatever your specific circumstances, I feel that being offered a safe and non-judgemental space to just be who you are can be helpful and healing for most people, and that is what I can offer.
I work primarily in a person-centred way, letting you take the lead and creating an environment of warmth, empathy and understanding, which helps pave the way forward in our journey together.
During our first session I will work with you to outline what it is you would like from therapy, and if you want, set some goals for outcomes you would like to see. You may not know at this point what you want from therapy but just feel the need to offload, and that is fine. Things are likely to become clearer as we progress.
We may use your family/relationship history to look at behaviour patterns and work on how to change these if they no longer work for you. We may work creatively using the imagination, art or your dreams to get a deeper understanding of your inner psyche. Please know that we would only employ these techniques at your own pace, and if you felt comfortable and willing to do so. The sessions are yours.
Training, qualifications & experience
With 16 years experience of working with adults from all walks of life, I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, working using a variety of techniques and approaches.
My background is mainly in the field of mental health, however I have worked in many different settings and seen clients from all sorts of backgrounds and circumstances.
I hold a post-graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (the course is BACP & UKCP accredited) along with a degree in psychology.
I am a registered member of both BACP and UKCP and adhere to their ethical practices. I also have regular clinical supervision.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am only able to conduct sessions via video call or phone due to current lockdown restrictions, therefore have reduced my fee: Sessions are 50 minutes at £45 per session, usually on a weekly basis.
Please note, my usual face-to-face fee is £55.