Julia Rizzolo (Reg. MBACP)
Hello, my name is Julia, I am an integrative counsellor / therapist working with children, young people 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 where 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.
Counselling takes 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.
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/
Primary and Secondary School: Offering weekly counselling using talking, creative work and play to support pupils who are struggling with anxiety, struggling to focus, low self-esteem, mood swings and trouble with their family.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
Each one-to-one 50 minute session is charged at £60.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client