People often believe that counselling is only good once you have hit a crisis point and no longer know how to handle issues. This is not the case!
Counselling can help you understand why you repeat certain behaviours, help you to communicate with others in a healthier way, teach you how to change your responses to reduce negative impact, help you maintain your relationships, guide you to work out what you want from your life and how you might be able to get it, and so much more.
Having an outside perspective can help you to make sense of things in ways you might not have considered for yourself. Counselling provides a space where you can say out loud many of those things you don’t want to say to others for fear of worrying them, burdening them or because you worry they will judge you.
I am not here to judge, or tell you what to do. I am here to support you in working out what it is you want.
If you have reached a crisis point and you no longer know how to deal with certain situations or people, I offer support in helping you make sense of things, reducing your stress within these situations, and to start making the changes which really can be life changing.
It can be difficult to know where to turn for help, or even to believe that things can get better. You might find that you are so weighed down by situations that you do not know where to start in order to make the changes which will ease things. Counselling can help with this, can help you see where you might make changes, challenge your current thinking and see if you can break the cycle and move forward with your life.
Together we will look at what is going on in your life now, examine patterns of thinking and behaving and see if there are areas where you can begin to do things differently. Sometimes this might involve looking back to past experiences to see how they shape some of your beliefs and behaviours now. This will be done at a pace that suits you, and you will decide what is important for you to talk about. I may offer insights or another perspective and we will explore together what it could mean.
It can be difficult, and sometimes scary, to think about opening up and sharing painful memories and overwhelming feelings with a new person or a stranger. I provide a safe space, where you can talk about what you feel is important, at a pace that suits you. I will not rush you to share before you are ready and know that it takes time to build the trust and confidence needed. We will explore your feelings together and I will stay alongside you while we get to know each other.
What can I help with?
I work with a range of issues including:
Low self confidence
PTSD – using Rewind Technique
Issues created in childhood
I offer a space where you can say things you might not feel able to say elsewhere, or to explore areas of your life where you feel things aren't quite right but do not know how to change them. You will have the time to feel comfortable with sharing with me and I will offer support while you do this.
What to do next?
Finding the right counsellor for you is an important decision. I often suggest people meet 2 or 3 first to help you get an idea of who is the right person for you. No counsellor is going to be right for every person.
I offer either the choice of an initial telephone conversation or a face to face meeting of up to 30 minutes at no charge. We can find out a little bit about each other, and you can get an idea of what it would be like to work with me.
You can contact me by email, telephone, text, WattsApp or even my Facebook page in the first instance and we can go from there.
I offer either long-term or shorter, fixed-term counselling and psychotherapy depending on your need or circumstances, and work on a face to face or online basis.
Whilst I cannot offer parking at my premises, there are a number of public car parks very close by.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Qualification Diploma in Counselling Supervision
- BA (Hons) in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling
- Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on TA
- Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Rewind technique for PTSD, phobias and more
- EFT Emotional Freedom Technique Diploma
- Expanding vision and practice
- TA 101 - Transactional Analysis
- Couples counselling
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
As a Senior Accredited Registrant with NCS (National Counselling Society), I work within their guidelines for safe and ethical practice.
At times we may use more creative ways of working in order to support you to share your experiences when words are difficult. We will do this only if it feels right for you.
As a supervisor, I offer a collaborative working space and, to begin with, invite you to have a conversation with me about the shape you would like your supervision to take and what your requirements are. I am happy for you to be qualified or in training, and would encourage you to ensure you have plenty of supervision to cover your individual requirements.
As an ethical and interested counsellor, I am happy to work with counsellors who work with different modalities to my own as I feel this adds a depth and further dimensions to our work together. We will negotiate how you can get the best from our work together and we will negotiate what you need from me and our time together.
£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Individuals £55 per session (50 mins)
Couples £80 for one hour
I offer a short initial session, free of charge, so we can meet each other and you can see if you would like to work with me.
Payment is to me made by cash at the beginning of each session, or can be made via bank transfer 24 hours before our session.
If you need a third party, such as your employer, to be invoiced for payment please discuss this with me when you call and I may be able to consider a special arrangement.
Supervision is £55 per hour for individuals or £80 per hour for groups of up to 4 people.
I am available daytimes Monday to Friday and some evenings. I do check my voicemail and email regularly so will get back to you as soon as I can.
I feel privileged that clients feel safe to open up to me and these are some of the lovely words which have been given to me following our work together:
"I felt an immediate connection with Julie. She has been amazing: I am a different person from the one I walked in as!"
"Although I consider myself to be quite a private person, keeping my problems and worries to myself, talking to Julie was easy as she made me feel valid and listened to...She has given me skills and ability to manage my thoughts."
"Julie has enabled me to look at things in a more positive way and has helped me value myself."