My Background and Experience
I started counselling in 2013, building on over 30 years working as a nurse, midwife and health visitor in a variety of hospital and community settings. I also work as a counsellor in a GP surgery. Throughout my work, I have experienced and enjoyed working with people from a wide range of backgrounds in terms of culture, class, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality and gender. I am good at working with people, to really listen and understand where they are coming from, always without judgement or criticism.
The Counselling I Provide
I feel it is important to acknowledge that there are times when we feel sad, anxious, lonely, down, confused, stuck, lost, or frustrated by our lives, current situation or life events…as a counsellor I can give you the space and the time to talk about your experiences and express your feelings. This may be challenging but I will help this process by working at your pace, by listening to you carefully, giving you support and encouragement. I will not tell you what to do; I will not give you advice, but, if you need it, I will help you look for support outside the therapy room.
I provide face to face sessions but during the pandemic, I have gained experience working remotely via Zoom and telephone. As well as my person-centred practice I use simple relaxation and meditation techniques if requested or the need emerges. I work with individuals 18 years and over. My work with you will be confidential, following the guidelines of my professional organisation the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I work Thursdays 9 to 4pm at the Counselling Rooms. There are Covid precautions in place, details of which I will send you.
Contact me for a free discussion over the telephone, about the therapy I offer; This will give you the chance to find out more about how I work and me to find out if I think I have the skills and experience to meet your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a person-centred counsellor I have worked with people to understand and cope with many issues including:
- Living with and surviving abuse including domestic abuse.
- Coping with the diagnosis and living with chronic health conditions.
- Bereavement including miscarriage, sudden infant death, stillbirth and infertility.
- Loss is associated with changes in life circumstances.
- The challenge of life experiences including parenting and caring.
I trained at Manchester College to gain a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2017. I spend time reflecting on my counselling work; reading around issues that come up in sessions. I have monthly supervision with an experienced senior BACP accredited supervisor. Also, I have done several courses to update and enhance my knowledge, enriching my understanding of human emotions and behaviours:
- Mindfulness course with Futurelearn.com, March 2018
- Solution Focused Therapy 2-day Programme, July 2018
- Compassionate Focussed Therapy Introductory Workshop, November 2018
- Person-Centred Experiential/ Counselling for Depression course March 2019 and certificate of competence awarded August 2020
- How to do counselling online - June 2020
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic health conditions
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My sessions are £40 for 50-minutes, with a reduction available for low income.
I work Thursdays 9 to 4pm
Here is a testimonial from one of my clients: ‘Julia and I worked together over a number of weeks to help me deal with being overwhelmed with loss and injustices. What proved to be invaluable for me was Julia's ability to hold the space for me to safely explore my feelings and fears - hearing myself talking out loud and feeling heard and listened to, was a great release of inner turmoil and grief. Julia's intervention helped me move on and deepen my self-compassion’ (GF, with permission to publish).