Hello, my name is Julia, I am an integrative counsellor / therapist working with children, adolescents and adults in schools, 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, 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.
COVID-19 : Latest update 5 January 2021
Under the new Covid-19 restrictions, from the 5th of January, sessions will be conducted online via Zoom or phone until further notice.
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 hold an Enhanced DBS check, and I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, abiding to their code of ethics. My practice has also been informed by a counselling role at Childline, where I volunteered for a number of years. I refer to the Safeguarding and Child Protection definition as outlined by the NSPCC as my own guide within therapeutic work with children and young people: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/
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.
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 and Adolescents in Schools - UEL/Place2Be
- 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
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
Each one-to-one 50 minute session is charged at £65.