I am a qualified integrative experienced counsellor based in Frodsham and Runcorn offering time limited or open ended therapy. I provide one-to-one counselling helping people find their way through times of distress, using a unique approach with each individual client. I offer clients a non-judgemental, safe, supportive and confidential space to explore their feelings.
I have worked with a variety of age groups and genders, presenting with many issues including anxiety/generalised anxiety disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, addiction, sexuality, shame, guilt and relationship problems. In addition, I have worked with clients who experienced harassment, bullying and abuse together with many other difficult emotional issues.
Counselling can help individuals gain self-awareness; enabling us to understand how we behave and how our past experiences affect who we are today. Exploring how we think and feel can help us understand our distress and behaviour, allowing us to gain empowerment and build confidence, equipping us with the skills to deal with the future challenges life throws at us.
I utilise a variety of counselling approaches; integrating person-centred counselling with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), psychodynamic, solution focused therapy, compassion focused therapy, transactional analysis and mindfulness to suit the needs of the individual client.
I am passionate about reducing the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and therefore I regularly deliver Mental Health First Aid Courses for NHS staff and professionals to educate an raise awareness of mental health issues.
"Extremely useful sessions, learnt lots of tools and techniques which I will continue to use. I just wish I had felt able to seek help sooner". (January 2018)
"Sessions very helpful. Julie was very understanding, listens, knows her stuff and is friendly and approachable." (August 2018)
"I have found the support that I have received from Julie extremely useful in dealing with my anxiety. I feel that I now have the skills to move forward with greater confidence and wellbeing. This support has been extremely valuable and has had a huge impact on my life". (November 2018)
"I found the sessions extremely valuable, Julie was knowledgeable and very easy to open up to". (March 2019)
"Sessions have been useful and informative. Julie has been helpful, understanding and has given great support and tools which I will be able to carry forward and use day to day. Would happily recommend Julie to others." (April 2019)
"Julie got me out of a dark place and taught me the tools I needed to get by going forward." (September 2019)
"Julie has been excellent in her support during the counselling sessions. They have had a significant impact on my wellbeing and helped me overcome the difficulties I was feeling." (November 2019)
"The sessions have really helped me work through my anxiety and how I deal with certain situations that are attributed to and trigger my anxiety. I also feel my confidence has really improved." (January 2020)
Training, qualifications & experience
As a volunteer counsellor at Mind for 4 years, I have gained a wide range of experience with issues such as anxiety/negative thoughts, depression, low self-esteem, low self-worth, OCD, bipolar disorder, antisocial personality disorder and domestic violence.
I have worked for the past 8 years in a Cancer Support Centre where I have provided support to a number of patients and their families. Working with those affected by cancer has given me experience of working with body image issues, relationship issues, health anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and low self-confidence/esteem.
Qualifications & Training
- Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree in Counselling
- Online & Telephone Counselling Course (Counselling Tutor)
- Coronavirus Primer: Working Online (Open University/BACP)
- NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
- NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
- Adult Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) Instructor Certificate
- ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Certificate
- Mindfulness for Professionals Certificate
- Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (Compassionate Mind Foundation)
- The Rewind Therapy Technique (PTSD) (International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy)
- Principles of End of Life Care Certificate
- NHS Psychological Assessment Skills Training
- NHS Living with and Beyond Cancer Training
- BACP - Working with Bereaved Clients
- Winston's Wish - Life-Limiting Illness and Pre-Bereavement Work with Children and Families
- Macmillan Body Image and Cancer
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a vast amount of experience working in the NHS with individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis and end of life care. Working within the area of cancer, I have worked with many individuals experiencing anticipated grief, bereavement following loss of a loved one, change in body image, health anxiety, PTSD, loss of relationship or changed roles within the family or the workplace.
My work in the area of grief and loss has helped individuals cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive responses which are often experienced due the life-changing experience following the loss of a loved one. Everyone experiences grief in their own unique way and this can be influenced by family background, life experiences, culture, personal values and beliefs and it is therefore important that clients are supported to experience and express their grief in their own individual way.
Over the past few years I have also worked with many male clients helping them adapt to changes in their lives which may be impacting their personal and professional relationships. Our work together has empowered individuals to reduce negative/critical thinking, decreasing perfectionism traits and feelings of guilt and shame by adopting self-compassion and challenging negative thoughts.
Concessions offered for
£40 for a 50 minute session (Individuals)
Concessions available for Student Counsellors and NHS staff.
I also offer a free 30 minute initial consultation. This can be carried out face to face or by telephone.
£50 for Qualified Counsellors (1.5 Hours)
£35 for Students Counsellors (1.5 Hours)
Mental Health First Aid Courses
Please contact me directly for information about the 1 and 2 day Mental Health First Aider courses available.
Daytime Appointments - Friday and Saturdays
Evening Appointments - Monday, Wednesday and Friday
I offer counselling and counselling supervision sessions to individuals.
I am DBS checked, fully insured and MBACP registered.
If you have any questions please contact me for further information, with no obligation. I can be contacted by telephone:07927 008389 or click here to send me an email.
Please also feel free to visit my website: www.cljcounselling.co.uk for additional information.
Thank you for visiting my page and I hope we get to work together soon.