Julie Millar BA BTh MA MBACP
In Motion Clinic
137 Long Lane
A warm welcome to my profile.
I am a counsellor in Upton, Chester, and I understand that considering counselling is a big deal. I am warm and gentle, with a strong core that means I can be relied on in the difficult places.
You may have friends and relatives who have experience of counselling, or have an idea of what it involves from the media. Trust between client and counsellor is fundamental. I aim to provide a safe and welcoming place where you can talk about your feelings, concerns and experiences.
I work from a room in the In Motion clinic in Upton, which is comfortable and confidential.
I am warm, quiet, reflective and open minded. I have a professional background in finance, and have also been a hospital chaplain. My mix of experience means that I have met and supported people from a wide range of backgrounds and life circumstances. I have a special interest in the impact of abuse, and of the experience of loss.
My way of working
I am trained in the Person Centred Approach, a non-directive form of counselling which focuses on feelings and providing a safe environment where you can explore what is important to you. I work exclusively with adults (18+years).
I aim to be both approachable and professional: so you get a warm welcome and I provide boundaries so that you can feel both safe and supported. I adhere to the Ethical Guidelines of the BACP.
You may be wondering what happens in a counselling session with me.
The first meeting is a chance to be clear about confidentiality, what information would be recorded about you and how it is held, and about how I work. Setting boundaries like this lets you know that you have a safe space in which to talk and share at your own pace. The first meeting is also an opportunity to see if we can work together. Counselling research indicates that it is the nature of the relationship between a counsellor and a client that makes the most difference to the outcomes of therapy.
To be effective counselling usually takes place regularly, every week or two weeks is common. Each session is 50 minutes long. That is 50 minutes in which you can talk and have your feelings and experiences accepted, without judgement. For many people being heard, really heard, is a huge relief and provides a first liberating step towards feeling differently.
My role is to provide gentle accompaniment to you while you explore what is going on for you, and help you see what resources you have within you, or what choices you have available. I don't give advice, or tell you what to do. I may encourage, gently challenge or offer another perspective, but what you take from that is up to you. The core of Person Centred Counselling is that people know what is best for themselves, it is just that sometimes what has happened to us in life, and how we react to it, has meant that we can't see that clearly. Counselling can help you find that perspective and purpose to your life.
If I sound like the sort of person you could trust with your inner self please do contact me to discuss how counselling may help you, and to see if we will work well together.
I am the only person who has access to messages left on my mobile, or my email account.
Please bear in mind email is not a secure method of communication for personally sensitive material.
If you phone and leave me a message please let me know if I can leave a message, or if someone else is likely to answer the ‘phone. This is to protect your confidentiality.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP
My qualifications are:
- MA Clinical Counselling from the University of Chester
- Cert HE Advanced Counselling Studies from the University of Plymouth
I undertake regular continuing professional education to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.
I have counselled at a hospice and a sexual abuse support charity, working with client who:
- have experienced child sexual abuse
- have experienced rape or sexual assault
- have experienced partner abuse
- have been bereaved
- have life-limiting health conditions
- have experienced loss
- have survived cancer
- have become carers
Working as a hospital chaplain gave me experience of supporting people with a range of spiritual and religious outlooks at times of stress and change in their lives.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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All sessions are £45 for 50 minutes
I offer a free, confidential initial telephone introduction for new clients
I accept cash, cheques and bank transfers. Payment is due at the end of each session.
I counsel from the In Motion clinic, a professional clinic on the A41 in Upton. This is easily accessible from the M53, A55, and from the X8 and 51 bus. There is a small car park and local on street parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Friday daytime only at present
Types of client