Julie Donoghue BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP

Julie Donoghue BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP




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About me

Hello, my name is Julie and as an experienced qualified counsellor, I aim to provide a safe confidential and warm environment for all my clients. Starting counselling can sometimes be overwhelming or may even feel like the last resort.

Counselling gives us the opportunity to discuss problematic issues that maybe affecting our ability to cope with life, and just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or relative can make all the difference. Counselling is not about giving advice, or telling you what you should or shouldn't do. But it is about understanding your experiences and feelings without making judgments and to accept "you the way you are".

As a therapist I work with adults, children and young people and believe that every person is unique and has the capability of realizing and understanding their full potential.

I can offer both short and long term counselling to individuals and groups to suit your needs and my practice is based in a lovely private office in Brentwood town center.

Appointments can normally be arranged at fairly short notice. I am available Monday to Friday, including evenings.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my training in 2006 and gained a BA(Hons) in counselling and Psychotherapy. My core training is in the Person-Centred approach and initially started counselling at MIND, a mental health charity in 2008. Then moved onto work at Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Services counselling both adults and children. I have experience of counselling in numerous schools and recently organised and facilitated group therapy for adults with disordered eating. I am currently working in private practice, and also work on a weekly basis counselling children in a primary school setting.

I have a keen interest in personal and professional development and gained certificates and additional training in Art Therapy, CBT, Bereavement, The Power of Self Esteem, boundaries, Anti-Discriminatory Practice & Diversity, Ethical Dilemmas and Childhood Trauma.

Along side my counselling I gained hands-on experience in working with families and individuals as a care support worker for Havering Crossroads, a leading respite care charity. This work enabled me to understand the everyday experiences and difficulties that carers face on a daily basis, while caring for family members with disabilities, dementia and strokes.

As a Registered Member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Level 2 Certificate in Theoretical and Personal Development in Counselling Practices.

BA (Hons) (First Class) in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Person-Centred).

Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills.

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Expense can be major factor when considering counselling. I am committed to making my service as accessible as possible and keep my rates reasonable.

Appointments can normally be arranged at fairly short notice. I am available daytime and evenings.

You are not making a commitment by having an initial meeting.


Per session: £50.00

Student (per session)  £40.00

Block of 6 Sessions (paid in advance) £270

Further information

My Approach

The counsellor or psychotherapist in this approach aims to provide an environment in which the client does not feel under threat or judgement. This enables the client to experience and accept more of who they are as a person, and reconnect with their own values and sense of self-worth. This re-connection with their inner resources enables them to find their own way to move forward.

The counsellor or psychotherapist works to understand the client’s experience from the client’s point of view, and to positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity, while aiming to be open and genuine as another human being. These attitudes of the therapist towards the client will only be helpful if the client experiences them as real within the relationship, and so the nature of the relationship that the counsellor and client create between themselves is crucial for the success of therapy.

If you have any further questions or would like to find out more please contact me by phone or email.

Maps & Directions

Hornchurch, RM11
Brentwood, CM14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Day and Evening Appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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