Hello, my name is Julia. I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor. I have enjoyed helping a wide range of people of all ages, from all walks of life, and specialise in working with children and young people.
I am able to provide counselling via telephone, video-call and e-mail. I am also able to offer 'Walk and Talk' sessions.
I understand just what a big step it can be reaching out for help. Family, friends and significant others can be a great source of support but it’s not always easy to confide in those closest to you. At times like these, talking to someone who is not personally involved can make a difference. A professional counsellor will listen to you without making judgements, helping you to feel heard and validated.
About counselling and psychotherapy
Life brings us many individual challenges and can undeniably lead to great suffering. Counselling is a form of talking therapy where you can talk to a trusted individual about anything you want in a safe, confidential environment without any judgement. It is a space just for you, where you can process your experience and feelings at your own pace with a trained individual. There may be something specific you would like to talk about, or you may be unable to identify how or why you're feeling the way that you're feeling. Talking to a counsellor can be helpful in gaining clarity about your thoughts and feelings, enabling you to become more aware of yourself.
The way that I work
My style of therapy is Integrative & Humanistic. As we are each our own unique person, therapy is not a one-size-fits-all relationship and drawing on a range of techniques helps me tailor the best approach to help you move forward. This means I work integratively, working in a number of different ways, seeking to respond to each person's individual needs and their own unique experience. The humanistic element means that I believe that we are ultimately the experts on our own lives. Whilst of course, difficult life experiences can temporarily hinder us, I believe we all have innate capacities for growth and change.
There is also a strong emphasis in providing a strong and nurturing therapeutic relationship; this professional relationship is the one of the most important factors for therapeutic change, and a lot of research points towards this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Bsc (Hons) Psychology with Health
- MEd Psychology of Education
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Foundation in Art Therapy
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Free initial 15 minute session via telephone or video call
We can discuss availability during our initial session.
I abide by the BACP ethical principles and code of professional conduct. I hold full professional indemnity insurance and an up to date enhanced DBS. I attend regular clinical supervision and participate in continual professional development
Many counsellors have transitioned to online counselling due to COVID. Speaking to someone over a video-call rather than face-to-face may seem impersonal and strange at first for some people, but I have had great success in online counselling both personally and professionally with clients.
Research has shown online counselling to be as effective as face-to-face counselling and sometimes even more so. For some of us, it can be easier to open up to another online rather than in person. Individuals with anxiety, especially social anxiety may also prefer online therapy. All you need to start is internet access, a safe confidential place to speak from each week, a phone, tablet or laptop with webcam facility. If it sounds daunting, do not worry I can talk you through everything so that we create a user friendly environment for you and your sessions.