Julia Summers - Friendly Professional Counselling Practice (Prev Watson)

Julia Summers - Friendly Professional Counselling Practice (Prev Watson)

West Yorkshire

07507 793882

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West Yorkshire

07507 793882

About me

I am a fully qualified professional counsellor who works with adults, young people and children. The type of therapy I offer can help people of all ages with a range of personal issues, it particularly helps people who are drawn to exploring their thoughts and feelings and want to gain understanding. It is particularly helpful for people wanting to overcome depression and anxiety and generally any issues that impact self-esteem. If you are wanting to reconnect with yourself and move towards being who you want to be then counselling may help.

All the clients I work with have unique experiences, challenges, relationships and lives. Some people come to me knowing exactly what they want to work through or change and others may feel confused and may not fully understand why they feel the way they do. Whatever has brought you to this point be assured that you will get a friendly welcome and I am someone who will be there to help and support you.

Together we will use the sessions at your pace to work through things, you will get the time and space you need. I am not going to make judgements about you and your life, I provide a safe and supportive environment, I will listen to what you have to say and together we can work through the things that are important.

I work both long and short term with lots of different people who have come to me for many reasons; generalised anxiety disorder, stress, depression, panic attacks, sexual abuse, self-harm, self distructive behaviours, problem gambling, addictions, domestic abuse, carers including special guardians, kinship carers, issues for adopters, relationship issues, problems with work/life balance, trust issues, those affected by illness, feeling overwhelmed, unfullfilled, lost, sad, bereaved, family issues, affairs and betrayals, seperation and divorce amongst many more etc.

My private practice is in Menston near Ilkley, Otley, Guiseley, Burley in Wharfedale, Baildon, Shipley etc easily accessible from Leeds and Bradford areas. If getting to an appointment is difficult I may be able to offer a more convenient solution which may suit you better, please get in touch for a free initial consultation to discuss this. For some people this is helpful if they have family commitments, disabilities or are unable to leave their home. I offer flexible day, evening and weekend sessions and the counselling room is wheelchair accessible.

As well as private practice I have worked in a number of different organisations, I provide counselling to people affected by illness who are struggling to access support. I have recently worked in an NHS supported charity counselling survivors of sexual abuse and their families.

I also offer group and individual support for organisations.  I offer help to both front line staff who need support and teams.  Please get in touch with your requirements.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Fully qualified counsellor - Professional Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
  • Full clear Enhanced DBS check
  • Member of British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework.
  • Registered on the BACP register for Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
  • I work with adults, children, young people, couples and family groups.
  • Experienced children and young people counsellor face to face and via telephone, Skype, email and instant messenger.  I have also worked in schools supporting those with problems associated with confidence, anxiety, self harm, bullying, family issues, children in care and those affected by loss etc
  • Specialist GAMCARE counsellor for people with Problem Gambling and their family/friends.
  • I run social & support groups to help people overcome anxiety and isolation, particularly with people affected by illness.
  • Supporting Special Guardians, Kinship carers and adopters
  • I have provided counselling on a voluntary basis at several charities for people who otherwise could not afford counselling, these have included: children's charities, working with NHS referred adults affected by sexual abuse and their families, working with adults in socially disadvantaged areas etc where people have wanted to talk about various issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, bereavement etc.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)- working with businesses to help support staff.  I also offer direct employee counselling which can be offset against taxable profits this is available to sole traders, partnerships and small businesses saving you the cost of working directly with EAP providers who may be more costly.
  • Over 20 years working with people affected by debt issues
  • Julia Watson MBACP, Dip Counselling, BSc (Hons)Psych

Additional Training
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Bereavement & Loss
Laughter Therapy
Sexual Abuse & associated issues
Eating Disorders
Self Harm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Transferring Skills to work with Children and Young People
Sand Tray, Puppets, Figures, Art & Play work
Generalised Anxiety
Panic Attacks
Addictions including working with problem gambling

Couples Counselling

Family Group Sessions

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer support and social groups for

  • Confidence building
  • Stress management
  • For people affected by cancer

Joining a group can be a really helpful place to connect with people who are in similar circumstances, you end up supporting yourself and other people. It is common to feel anxious about joining a group, some people can find it difficult but be reassured these are purposefully friendly and supportive sessions so you will not be the only person who feels like that and usually people settle very quickly.   You can get a lot out of groups even when you are just observing and listening to others.  Groups usually run for 6 weeks and are safe and confidential spaces that can help you to gain strength and hope.  If you would like more information or know somebody who you think may be interested please contact me.

You can also book me for your organisation.  I offer workplace group sessions covering:

Coping with stress
* Coping with emotional issues at work - aimed at frontline staff who may be affected by client/customer contacts
* Support for people affected by redundancy
* Bespoke to address team issues

Please contact me with your requirements.

Photos & videos

  • Are you thinking about starting counselling?
  • The Counselling Room
  • What is Empathy in Counselling?
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  • Free initial consultation via phone/email
  • £40 per session (50 minutes) - Day/Evening.
  • £55 Couples sessions (50 minutes)
  • £75 Family sessions (50 minutes) - A double session is recommended for the first session.
  • A limited number of weekend sessions are available, please add £20 to the session cost.
  • There are a limited number of places available at a discounted rate for those on low incomes and counselling students.
  • The counselling room is wheelchair accessible.
  • There is a small fee added for home visits to be discussed and agreed upfront.
  • Sessions are available in Menston (Close to Guiseley, Otley, Ilkley, Burley in Wharfedale and easily accessible by train from Leeds or Bradford on Wharfedale line - 10-15 minute walk from Menston Train Station and convenient for buses on A65 Bradford Road. There is free off street parking.
  • My practice is within 10 miles of the following areas BD1, BD10, BD11, BD12, BD13, BD14, BD15, BD16, BD17, BD18, BD19, BD2, BD20, BD21, BD22, BD23, BD3, BD4, BD5, BD6, BD7, BD8, BD9, BD97, BD98, BD99, HG2, HG3, HX2, HX3, LS1, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS16, LS17, LS18, LS19, LS2, LS20, LS21, LS22, LS27, LS28, LS29, LS3, LS4, LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS9, LS98, LS99
  • If you want me to work with your organisation to either support individuals or your teams please get in touch with your requirements.

Maps & Directions

Ilkley, LS29

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Day, evening and weekend appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme