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In light of the government guidelines I can only offer appointments via video or telephone, until further notice.

I am BACP Accredited Counsellor and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner based in Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, working from my home (NR8).

I offer face to face, telephone and video appointments Monday to Thursday.

I can help you discover, resolve and manage aspects of your life that you find difficult or presently overwhelming. Talking in a safe therapeutic space can help you find clarity within, reaching a better understanding which is empowering; allowing you to find your true self and resources which sets you free from mental and emotional turmoil.

My passion is working with individuals suffering with trauma, anxiety, PTSD and phobias. EMDR resolves any distressing memories or events that cause you disturbance in the present. It's truly wonderful to see clients recover quickly.

EMDR therapy is the most effective treatment for a fast recovery between (6-24 sessions). EMDR therapy is evidence based and recommended by the NICE guidelines. Please call me to discuss further.

I have been successful in helping people overcome their difficulties since 2008. Being a therapist is my life purpose, helping you to overcome your struggles. I have sat in the client's chair and understand what it's like undergoing counselling & EMDR therapy. How anxiety provoking and challenging it is starting therapy, but also how empowering the journey of self discovery can be. That's where the name Freedom Within Counselling came from, it's how I felt overcoming my difficulties.

I work with people aged 17 plus for individual or couples counselling, dealing with various problems such as;

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  • relationship issues
  • depression
  • feeling sad
  • separation and divorce
  • child related issues
  • stress
  • abuse
  • low self-esteem
  • family issues
  • affairs and betrayal
  • low self-confidence
  • traumatic events
  • behavioural problems
  • lack of trust
  • bullying
  • self harm
  • suicidal thoughts
  • phobias
  • panic disorder
  • OCD
  • emotional problems
  • uncertainties of self or future


The benefits from my time in counselling are considerable. Over the course of my consultations feelings transformed and a greater sense of freedom emerged. This was reflected in an improved relationship with myself and, so I hope, with others. Graham

Counselling with Julie has allowed me to break free from the cycle of anxiety that I had been trapped in for many years. Julie is a warm and empathetic, really listening to you and responding to your needs. It was wonderful to find a counsellor who had the ability to work with different counselling techniques. MA

Counselling is a challenging but rewarding experience. I was fortunate to find Julie, an empathetic listener who knew when to challenge me in my thought process to dig deeper, reconnect with my true self and find acceptance. Sarah

I just wanted to say thank you. Its been around a year and my mind (and Soul) are in a much better place and you helped enormously with that. Sitting and speaking with you was a great way of just spilling out what was going through my mind and things I had done. I no longer keep things to myself and feel on the road to recovery, a journey I could not have started without Julie.  I would recommend her to anybody, even if its just a first step. Thank you for not judging, thank you for listening. DT

Counselling Approaches:

I am Person Centred at the core of therapy, being non judgemental, accepting, providing empathy and going at your pace. This creates a therapeutic relationship which is the vehicle for change (Rogers). Integrative Counselling, or a pluristic approach means that I am trained to be able to call upon various techniques to assist you.

EMDR Therapy - Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is evidence based and recommended by the NICE guidelines. EMDR therapy is a fast and effective treatment for trauma, anxiety, phobias also old disturbing memories or life events that cause you emotional, psychological or physical distress in the present.

EMDR processes old disturbing memories and events that are stored in the brain which can get triggered over and over again in the present, impacting on us emotionally, psychologically and physiologically. Old disturbing memories and life events can stop us from living the life we want. EMDR therapy sets you free and resolves the old problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps identify the interconnection of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in past or present situations. CBT helps to empower us and gain a different perspective.

Psychodynamic Therapy looks at the importance of the unconscious and how past experiences could be shaping current behaviours. Exploring childhood relationships with parents and other significant people brings in awareness of learnt behaviours and feelings. The therapist focuses on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship where transference can take place, such as when the client projects their feelings experienced in previous significant relationships on to the therapist. Allowing the client to explore this in a safe therapeutic space can bring positive change, understanding, finding our true self and way of being.

Mindfulness Based Approaches are beneficial and empowering for some people too; it is a relaxation technique which helps to centre ourselves, and be more grounded in our body, letting go of any thoughts. Just noticing what maybe present, accepting of how things are moment by moment. Mindfulness allows one to become more fully functioning in our awareness and daily lives.

I am a Accredited member of BACP following their code of ethics also I have monthly supervision as part of the requirement for safe practice.

Additional Information:

Free parking available at NR8.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions before deciding if you would like to meet; as selecting the right therapist is important and can be a difficult decision to make. If I am unavailable to take your call, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate Part 1, 2 & 3 of EMDR Therapy - EMDR Europe
  • Diploma in Counselling Supervision - Lindum College
  • Psychological Well-Being Practitioner - University of Essex
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Anger and Self Management - NCN Mind Psychological Therapy Service
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills - University of East Anglia

BACP Accredited & EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

Counsellor at Mind 2010/11
Counsellor at The Benjamin Foundation 2010/12
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner NHS delivering CBT interventions 2011/15
Counsellor in Private Practice from 2013

Counselling Supervisor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 individual counselling for 50 minutes week days before 5pm.
£60.00 individual counselling after 5pm week days.

£60.00 couple counselling.

£65.00 - £75.00 EMDR therapy.

Further information


Monday to Thursday.

Face to face counselling or telephone / online video appointments.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Monday to Thursday 8am to 4pm.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I offer integrative counselling supervision, being person centred at the core, psychodynamic, CBT also mindfulness theories.

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Julie Marie Bowen MBACP (Accred).

Julie Marie Bowen MBACP (Accred).