Julie Hayward (BSc, Person-Centred Diploma, Registered MBACP)
Please note - during the coronavirus pandemic, I am able to offer both online and telephone counselling.
How can counselling help?
As you are reading this, I imagine that you are in the process of choosing a counsellor. 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.
Please feel free to text, call or email me today. I offer both short and long-term counselling, I am a fully qualified, insured counsellor, enhanced DBS checked, and undertake ongoing continued personal development including my own therapy. I attend regular supervision to ensure that I am working ethically.
I work in an LGBTQ affirmative way and welcome people of all sexual orientations.
"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
- Bereavement, grief & loss
- Sexual abuse
- Domestic abuse
- Relational abuse
- Couples counselling
- Young people
- Drug & alcohol misuse
- People affected by suicide
- Abortion, miscarriage & involuntarily childlessness
- Motherhood, and sense of identity
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
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Because I feel it is important that you choose a counsellor you feel comfortable with, I offer a reduced rate of £20 for the first session, so you can see if you would like to work with me, and explore what you think you wish to gain from having counselling.
Alternatively, if you prefer, we can have a conversation on the telephone before deciding if you would like to begin counselling sessions.
I also offer a sliding scale for people on a lower income and am open to discussing a price that feels comfortable for you, dependent on your personal circumstances. Also subject to availability, on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9 am to 1pm. I provide counselling sessions of 50 minutes for £25.
I am able to see you at various locations, dependent on my availability and what works best for you. We can discuss the best location when arranging your appointment, but the choice of locations include:
- Edward Street, central Brighton
- Hove Therapy Rooms, Brighton & Hove
- The Charterhouse Clinic on Crawford Street, central London (W1H 2HL, just off of Baker Street)