Julie Clarke-Gifford MBACP
We may be feeling concerned and fearful about our health and situation during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Long times spent on our own and times of social isolation can create feelings of loneliness, despair and possible negative thoughts and anxiety. I am currently working from home via Skype or telephone ,but hoping to be back in my practice at Earl Soham face to face as soon as possible . Remote therapy has the same adherence to ethics ,confidentiality and data protection.
Sometimes we can find ourselves feeling anxious, depressed, low or confused about our life. It may be that there feels like there is no hope or that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. At these times it can be hard knowing which way or who to turn to. whilst talking to a counsellor may be a new concept to you it can be both supportive and life changing.
I started my training as a counsellor in 1999 and I entered into a really tough training approach, however whilst difficult it was thorough and meant that I myself had to have my own therapy. I worked in a self-awareness group alongside working clinically under supervision for two years before qualifying.
I have had fifteen years experience in working with clients, including being a team counsellor for a counselling organisation. I am also a qualified relationship counsellor. I have a background in working for an adolescent team in a supportive role and have learnt a lot through working with this age group.
I Work from a consulting room in Earl Soham, which is near Framlingham .
I believe in building a good working relationship with my clients, in a private confidential space. I consider myself a warm, empathic person, but I am not afraid to rise to the challenge of any problem. I believe that a deeper understanding of ourselves promotes the ability to make positive changes and a more rewarding life.
First and foremost I believe in the process of counselling whether it's for support, more understanding of ourselves and why we feel as we do, or tools to help manage with overwhelming feelings. One of the things clients often say is that they feel that others are worse off than them selves and that they felt it had been a hard decision to make in contacting a counsellor. Even what seems like a small problem can feel big in out own minds and I am more than happy to see people however big or small their problems seem.
Relationships can be so difficult in life both romantically, at work and with family dynamics. Work with couples can be so rewarding when they start to communicate better and understand why they feel as they do.
I have been qualified for a number of years but still continue to train as part of my on going professional development, this for me is about opening your mind as a therapist to new ideas and ways of working with people. My training was in the psychodynamic approach which (in short) helps clients look at early experience and informative relationships and how these may have contributed to the emotional makeup of the client. Since completing my training I have done short courses in other models of working.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training courses in:
- Life skills
- Assessment training
- Gambling addiction
- psychosexual problems
- Transactional analysis (inner child work)
- Counselling skills
- Time limited counselling
- Couples counselling.
Diploma in psychodynamic counselling and I am a member of BACP.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per 50 min session for individual therapy
£45.00 per 50 min session for employee assistance programme
£45.00 per 60 min session for couples
£40.00 per 50 min telephone and Skype
Areas worked with:
- Anger management
- Couples counselling
- Relationship difficulties
- Work related problems
- Lack of confidence
- Sexual problems
- Parents with children with health problems
- Anxious avoidant relationships
- Diet, health and wellbeing
- Meditation, mindfulness and breathing