Who am I?
Welcome. My name is Julie Mines and I am a fully qualified counsellor experienced in working with young people (16+) and adults. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
I believe counselling can help you to find a stronger sense of self, greater understanding and fresh perspective.
My qualifications include - FdSc in Counselling (Distinction) from the University of Gloucestershire, a Certificate of Pastoral Counselling Skills through Network Counselling and a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. I have also completed the Transactional Analysis 101 course.
Throughout my training I have studied a range of therapeutic approaches but at the heart of my counselling is a commitment to developing a relationship where you feel listened to, safe and accepted.
I am an integrative counsellor with a person-centred approach. I hope to provide a dedicated time and safe space where we can explore and work through the life struggles and questions you are experiencing.
I have experience with a wide range of issues including anxiety, bereavement, loss, childhood trauma, self-esteem, sexual identity, relationship breakdown and depression.
My life experience and working background is broad and diverse and I have worked with different charities/agencies supporting people from all walks of life across many issues.
Where, What and How?
The Covid pandemic has impacted all our lives over the past year and we have endured challenges and uncertainties. We are now beginning to step back into 'normal' life and there may be changes and decisions to make. Maybe you don't know what 'normal' means anymore. Counselling can be helpful in exploring issues that are affecting you at this moment. There may also be aspects of life that you have been struggling with or questioning for a long time and would welcome an opportunity to work them through. Counselling can provide a confidential, non-judgemental space to safely talk and be listened to. We can work together to explore the issues that you may have been struggling with alone.
Finding the right counsellor can feel daunting. I provide a warm welcome and a calm presence to help put you at ease. I offer an initial phone call after your email enquiry to introduce myself and find out what is bringing you to counselling. We can talk through the ways I am working at the moment - by Zoom/WhatsApp or phone and how that can work for you. Clients have found that online/phone counselling is helpful as a safe counselling relationship can be established and it is accessible with no need to travel. There is also the possibility of having our sessions outdoors. Some clients prefer to 'walk and talk'. From November 2021 I will be offering face to face sessions. Our first appointment is about listening to you and how you feel counselling might help. We will talk about how the counselling process works and if you are new to counselling it is an opportunity for you to ask questions and explore concerns.
Counselling sessions can be focused and short-term or I can offer open-ended therapy where you can have as many sessions as you need and work at a pace that feels right for you.
I currently work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc in Counselling (with Distinction) - University of Gloucestershire
Certificate of Pastoral Counselling Skills - Network Counselling
Transactional Analysis 101 course and Transactional Analysis 101 with Asperger's focus
Level 7 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
I have trained as a Bereavement Volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care
Currently completing a Diploma in Supervision (Accredited by NCS)
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
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £45 per session or I offer a discounted block booking of 6 sessions at £225 to be paid at the beginning of the 6 sessions.
I also hold 2 concessionary places with a rate of £35 per session.
Sessions offered online using Zoom/ WhatsApp or by phone.
I offer a limited number of walk and talk sessions based in Portishead. From November 2021 I will offer face to face in Portishead.