Hi - I am Julie and I offer you the opportunity to discuss your anxieties and sadness with me, someone who listens and respects your feelings. While sometimes the cause of these difficult feelings can seem clear, often this is not the case and you may not understand why you feel the way that you do. Well meaning family and friends may often not understand what you are going through. They may comment that you have nothing to complain about or think that you should be over by now something that has upset you. You may also feel ashamed, embarrassed and fearful of burdening others or of being misunderstood. My aim is to provide a comfortable, safe, confidential and supportive environment from which we will work together to explore what is troubling you. I will work with you to understand your challenges and enable you to move on from the difficulties you are experiencing.
Working with Adults
I have experience of working with adults on a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self-harming, anger, lack of self-esteem, family issues, childhood trauma and abuse and trauma related dissociation. I offer short or long-term counselling and my aim is to provide clients with a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which they can examine past or current events that are causing them difficulties. By exploring these difficulties and traumas, we will be able to work together and to link how they impact upon self-esteem, relationships or issues related to stress, shame, guilt or anger. With increased awareness, comes the realisation that you are no longer speaking into a void - that you have an opportunity and the capacity to resolve difficulties, enhance your sense of well being and work towards having more fulfilling relationships with others and yourself. Together we can develop healthy coping strategies and behaviours that will help you to move forward and thrive in your life.
Working with Teenagers / Young Adults
Teenagers (13+) and young people go through an intense transition between childhood and adulthood and it is a time of great change physically and emotionally. They can struggle with different issues from those of younger children and adults such as identity struggles, extreme peer pressure, adjusting to life at school or college and generally fitting in. They often feel stuck between wanting independence and still needing guidance. Counselling provides a listening ear, a non-judgemental space to talk to someone independently and confidentially. It is an opportunity to explore and understand feelings, thoughts and emotions outside of the family / friends environment.
Dissociative Identity Disorders (DID) / Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
I have also worked with clients that have dissociative disorders that involve problems with memory, identity, emotion and sense of self. Dissociative symptoms can potentially disrupt every area of of day-to-day functioning. Examples of symptoms include the experience of detachment or feeling as though you are outside of your body, loss or gaps in memory and an awareness of different and distinct identities. Dissociative disorders are frequently associated with previous experience of trauma.
I also have 7 years experience of volunteering at Hurting 2 Healing (formerly Dorset Action on Abuse). I understand that it understandably takes time for survivors of childhood abuse or neglect to trust, when you may never have felt the experience of being safe, of being believed, or of having your experiences validated by another. I am here to walk with you on your journey to recovery - one step at a time, gently and at your pace.
What to Expect
I offer a free introductory first meeting in a calm and welcoming room located at Broadstone Counselling. You will be able to share some thoughts of how you are at this time and what you hope to get from counselling. You may have a clear idea of something specific you would like to work towards, or it may be something currently more difficult to pin down - a feeling of unease or dissatisfaction with your life, which you would like to explore. My hope is that you will feel it is a space where you can comfortably ask me about my way of working and what you can expect. There is no obligation after this initial meeting if you decide that you do not wish to go ahead and make a commitment for further sessions.
If you choose for us to work together, I can offer brief short-term counselling (6-12 sessions) or long-term open ended counselling sessions. I will then give you a 'counselling agreement' to take away with you to read before meeting again. I generally suggest that we try to work together for 6 sessions and then review how things are going for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC - L4)
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST - L3)
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK - L2)
- Working with Young People (awarded by Redlands Counselling Training)
- Lead Safeguarding Officer for 10 years at a school for international students aged 10+
- Supervisor for trainee counsellors
- Volunteer counsellor for local agency providing long-term counselling for adult survivors of childhood abuse
- Current Enhanced DBS certificate
- Fully insured
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
The 40-50 minute initial consultation is free of charge. Sessions thereafter are £45.
offer face-to-face, on-line or telephone sessions (Monday to Friday 08.00 to 18.00 hours - later sessions available Tues, Wed and Thurs)
I currently offer two concessionary places with reduced costs and am more than happy for you to email or call me to find out more. Long-term counselling can very often be essential and yet the cost can be prohibitive to a lot of potential clients. Please make contact so that we can discuss further.
My initial first session with any client is always free of charge.
I offer face-to-face, on-line or telephone sessions from Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00 hours. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I offer sessions until 19.30 hours.