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Adults and Couples Counsellor (BSc, MBACP)

About me

Hi, I am Julie and I am a fully qualified and experienced Humanistic Counsellor with a BSc in Counselling Research, working with Adults, Couples and Children that are experiencing a range of issues, including Sexual Abuse, LGBT, Domestic Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Bereavement.

We all experience difficult emotions at times in our lives and can find them challenging to cope with. I aim to provide a safe and confidential space where you can talk about what is happening in your life, explore feelings and thoughts, find coping strategies and begin to consider solutions for the problems you face. I work in a way that caters to you as an individual and a unique human being.

Please note - during the coronavirus pandemic, I am offering online and telephone counselling both short and long-term. I am a fully qualified, insured counsellor, enhanced DBS checked, and undertake ongoing continued personal development including my own therapy.

I work in an LGBTQ+ affirmative way and welcome people of all sexual orientations. During the past 2 years I have worked closely with transgender clients and I'm looking to continue work with those that are transitioning or have transitioned. 

Getting in touch...

Please feel free to text, call or email me today. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about how I can help you.


"The unimaginable has happened in such a short space of time thanks to my sessions with Julie. Her thought-provoking questioning and listening skills enabled me to fully explore the area of my life that I was stuck in and inspired me to come up with realistic goals which I had the courage to work towards with her support. I would highly recommend Julie as a counsellor."
- Client A

"I feel that Julie listened to me, understood how I was feeling, helped me to think about underlying difficulties and challenged my thinking process. All of this helped me rethink how I do things. I appreciated the person-centred counselling style, which is very empowering.

I felt that Julie asked very specific questions, was always very alert and any interventions made were appropriate and poignant."
- Client B

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor at Brighton University
  • BSc in Person-Centred Counselling and Research
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 in Counselling
  • Certificate in working with trauma
  • Certificate in CBT
  • Drug & alcohol awareness training
  • Certificates in working with Children & Young People, including bereavement
  • Training in self-harm issues
  • Grassroots suicide prevention training

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of organisations, including a primary school, with people who have experienced domestic and relational abuse, drugs and alcohol issues, and currently with people who have experienced sexual abuse - both in childhood and adults.


  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement, grief & loss
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Domestic abuse
  • Relational abuse
  • Couples counselling
  • Young people
  • Drug & alcohol misuse
  • People affected by suicide
  • Abortion, miscarriage & involuntarily childlessness
  • Motherhood, and sense of identity

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£60.00 per session

Additional information

Because I feel it is important that you choose a counsellor you feel comfortable with, I offer a FREE 15-minute call, so you can see if you would like to work with me, and explore what you think you wish to gain from having counselling.

  • £60 individuals
  • £70 couples

I also have some reduced spaces for those on a low-income. Please get in touch with me to discuss your individual requirements.

When I work

I have some availability during the week, weekends and evenings, 8 am - 9 pm.

Further information

As you are reading this, I imagine that you are in the process of choosing a counsellor. I wanted to put together some information for you to help you with this. If of course, you have any other questions, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

How can counselling help?

In an empathic environment, counselling can give you the opportunity, to say what you might not have had the courage to voice before, and explore what is concerning you. Maybe there is something you haven't been able to vocalise, perhaps to someone who is an important part of your life, and the counselling room can be a place to practice things you are finding difficult to communicate.

In my experience friends and family can be helpful to talk to about our anxieties, and problems, but being able to speak to someone who is objective, and won't try and tell you what to do, and will give their undivided attention to you, can be an invaluable, life-affirming experience.

How can I help?

In our work together, I feel it is vital that I offer you a confidential and supportive space where we can create an environment you can be yourself in. Where you won't be judged and where you don't need to act like everything is ok if it doesn't feel it is. Where you don't need to smile when you don't feel like smiling, and where you don't have to be strong and pretend it's all ok if it doesn't feel that way.

For things to be different we sometimes need to do things differently, and if you wish - and it is always your choice - I will explore with you how you to start to make those changes. One of my desires as a counsellor is for you to feel empowered in our sessions, and for you to be able to take that empowerment out into the world with you.

I believe it is vital to find someone that you feel comfortable to work with, and that is why I offer an introductory session for £20 to give you the opportunity to see how you feel about working with me. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and that we all have the capacity to heal, grow and thrive. In our lives, we can sometimes experience difficult times, and my aim is to support and be alongside you on your counselling journey. and for us to work collaboratively together, and for you to have the opportunity to explore whatever you wish at your own pace.

The Hove Therapy Rooms, 69 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BB

The Charterhouse Clinic, Crawford Street, London, W1H 2HL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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