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(Reg. MBACP, CCATP)

About me

Hello, my name is Julia, I am an integrative counsellor / therapist working with children, young people and adults in schools, colleges, non-profit organisations, community services (in partnership with NHS Trusts) and the private sector.

There might be many reasons why people seek support to improve their emotional / mental health; feeling lost, bereavement, anxiety, depression, past traumas, interpersonal struggles, to name a few.

The process of counselling / therapy – with its safe and contained environment – offers a path, along which those difficulties can be explored, creating meaningful long-lasting life changes. My integrative approach, underpinned by psychodynamic, humanistic, attachment and systemic theories, is employed through talking, creative and play therapy in a warm, caring and approachable way that can be adapted to each client’s needs.

Above all, I believe that compassion, willingness to be present and genuineness are the essential ingredients of a good therapeutic relationship, which facilitate the conditions where psychological shift can occur.

Location

The face to face sessions take place in a comfortable and informal setting, just 12 minutes walk from Clapham South or 15 minutes from Balham. Parking is free except for 10:00 - 12:00 on weekdays.

Where to start

An initial phone consultation is offered free of charge, so we can assess your needs and create a personalised plan. You could also email me any enquiries and I will reply within 24 hours.

The first session

During our first session (online or face to face) we will talk about your current circumstances, and how you are: emotionally and physically. We will also discuss your concerns and your goals in greater depth. This assessment will inform how best we might work together. We will agree a therapeutic plan, and sign a work alliance contract (confidentiality, safety, data protection etc).

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, abiding to their code of ethics. I also hold an Enhanced DBS check. Additionally, my practice has been informed by a counselling role at Childline, where I volunteered for a number of years.

Experience

Private Practice: In my private practice, I see clients of all ages who are seeking to explore early trauma, deal with anxiety, depression or loneliness, or who feel stuck in life. I also work with parents who are struggling through separation, or other family issues.

Place2Be Mental Health Practitioner: Managing all aspects of the Place2Be provision in partnership with the secondary school, ensuring that young people, staff and parents are provided with therapeutic and emotional support.

Primary & Secondary School and Sixth Form: Offering weekly counselling sessions using talking, creative work and play to support pupils who are struggling with anxiety, lack of focus, low self-esteem, mood swings, family problems and other issues.

Wandsworth Health Agency: My role is to bring support out of clinical settings to engage and provide emotional mental wellbeing to young people in partnership with NHS Trusts, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), local authorities and VCSE organisations.

Latin America Women’s Right Service: Working at LAWRS has enabled me to offer individual counselling in Portuguese, my native language, to women aged 16 and above. This service offers a secure and confidential space to women who experienced trauma, domestic violence, and isolation, plus an opportunity to reflect on their personal experience and circumstances and understand their emotions. This can help them reconnect with their inner strengths, feel empowered and look forward to a better life for themselves and their families.

Qualifications and CPD:

  • Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children, Adolescents and Young People- UEL/Place2Be, level 7
  • Certificate of completion: Suicide and Self Harm: Working Safely and Ethically with Clients- BACP
  • Certificate of completion: Neurodiversity in Girls-Sunflower Network
  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional CCATP
  • Certificate of completion: The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy
  • Certificate of completion: Online Therapy CPD Training: Telehealth for Mental Health
  • Essentials of Trauma Treatment: CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children - Place2Be
  • Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills for Working with Children - Place2Be
  • Certificate of completion: A Day on Behaviour Change, University of London
  • Certificate of completion: Dealing with Suicide, Childline
  • Certificate of completion: Bereavement, Childline
  • Certificate of completion Transgender and Sexuality
  • Certificate of completion: Hearing Voices

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£65.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Each one-to-one 50 minute session is charged at £65.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Upon request

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Additional languages

Portuguese
Spanish

Portuguese