Julie Howard BSc (Hons), FdSc, MBACP, Life’s Journey Counselling
Are you ready to embrace change and start enjoying your life?
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor/psychotherapist.
Therapy can be a scary prospect, so I’d like to reassure you that we will be working alongside each other at your pace where WE can build a safe and trusting environment so that YOU will feel safe. I believe that to show vulnerability you have to be courageous, you have just taken the first courageous step. Throughout the sessions you will develop a deep sense of self-awareness, and TOGETHER we will explore your thoughts and feelings that are stopping you from moving forward in your life. Anxiety, stress and depression can often cloud our judgments, we can find it hard to even breath at times, life can feel so claustrophobic. Choice is extremely empowering. Throughout your therapeutic journey you will learn new ways to reframe unhelpful thinking patterns, you will feel able to take back control of your life in an empathetic, honest and non-judgement environment.
I have a wide range of experience working with women and men of all ages. During my years of being a therapist, my youngest client so far has been 15yrs old and my eldest, so far has been 74yrs old. It’s never too late to change your life!
Many people are trapped by some kind of trauma that they might not even recognise they are suffering from. PTSD is not just something war veterans suffer from, it can be anything, from domestic abuse, to an accident or loss of a loved one. Your therapy will get to the root cause of the blocked trauma in a sensitive and supportive environment.
During our sessions you will be be able to understand how your constructs were formed and the impact they have had. A client said to me that she felt that she threw a jigsaw puzzle into the air, and that I helped her put the pieces all together so that she could see the whole picture. I really liked that analogy. We will walk through your journey together, I use interventions from a wide range of counselling models such as Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
You CAN change and live the life YOU want to, no matter how impossible that might feel right now. Throughout this therapeutic experience you will find new solutions whilst gaining a new depth of self-awareness. By taking elements of different concepts we will work together and explore the key issues that are dominating your thoughts, feelings and emotions that are stopping you from moving forward with your life. The most commonplace issues I experience are general anxiety, depression, stress, panic, anger, addiction, relationship issues, abuse and abuse. Through our therapeutic alliance we can also explore any self-esteem or body-confidence issues you may have without any fear of judgement.
Thank you for looking at my profile, please feel free to call me or email if you have any further questions.
If I am with a client I will reply as soon as I can so please bear with me, I will always get back to you as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
Batchelor of Science, BSc (Hons) First Class, Counselling (Staffordshire University)
Level 6, Modules specific to:
- Counselling people with PTSD
- Counselling Children and Young People.
- Final Dissertation on Self-Perception, Body-image and Self-worth of young women on social media
Foundation degree (FdSc) Integrative Counselling (Staffordshire University).
Levels 4 & 5, Modules specific to: Person-centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Transactional Analysis
- Person-centred Counselling
- Psychodynamic Counselling
- CBT Counselling
- Understanding Self
- Client Case Studies
- Personality Disorders
- Working in a group
NCFE Level 3 Diploma Integrative Counselling
NCFE Level 2 Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Certificate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Children
- Certificate in Suicide Prevention
- Certificate in Promoting Mental wellbeing
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
From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£35 per session. Payment can can be made by Bank Transfer, PayPal or Cash.
Couples session price is £50.
Negotiable fees for students and those on limited income. Please contact me for further details.
I have availability throughout the day, I still have limited availability left in the evenings although I’m nearly full.
Working hours are: Monday to Thursday 10am - 8pm.
Friday 10am - 6pm
I have grown into my most authentic self, I now feel comfortable talking about painful events in my life which has finally allowed me to move forward with a new sense of self-worth.
I have attended seminars on:
- Eating disorders
- Suicide Awareness