Julie West MSc. (Counselling),BEd(Hons), PGCert(Prof' Practice)
Do you feel 'stuck' or need an opportunity to talk to someone? I have a teaching background but my primary passion as a counsellor is in addressing the deeper psychological issues which can inhibit our development and hamper our personal happiness at any stage of life. My work as an integrative counsellor focuses on helping others to reach their potential and find ways to overcome the numerous anxieties and worries in life.
As a counsellor, I will provide a safe and confidential forum in which to work and will follow the guidance and ethical framework of B.A.C.P. and N.C.S. I will listen carefully to any issues or problems, however big or small and work with you to develop a collaborative set of goals for the future. I offer reassurance that this work is respectful, empathic and non-judgemental.
I can offer counselling services for children, teenagers and adults, male and female and my experience in each of these areas is outlined below. The first session is free and offers an opportunity to find out what counselling entails and how best to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for more than 25 years as a primary school teacher and have extensive knowledge of the kinds of issues and problems which children may face. As well as working with S.E.N. pupils in developing confidence and capabilities, I have experience of recognising and nurturing pupils presenting Autism, Asperger's, A.D.H.D. or A.S.D.
In 2016, I gained a Master's degree in 'Counselling & Therapeutic Communication' at Ulster University, Jordanstown as well as qualifying with a PG Cert. in Professional Studies.
I now work as a Child Psychotherapist, integrating a range of play and art therapies for children aged 7-14 as a means of promoting the expression and understanding of emotions and anxieties. My primary focus has been on the development of self-esteem and promoting coping strategies for life.
I have also experience of 'talking therapies' with teenagers, with particular emphasis on issues such as self-harm, exam stress, bereavement, family -based communication etc
My degree has also facilitated working with adults; I have specialism in bereavement counselling and am a volunteer with Marie Curie. Issues such as compassion fatigue, low self-esteem, work-related stress and family issues are all within my experience. I have completed relevant courses on short term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psychodynamic and person-centred therapies, the effects of sexual abuse but I like to work integratively so that clients' needs are best facilitated in a safe, confidential and respectful environment.
I am also ASIST trained (suicide intervention)
From May, 2018, my counselling practice will adhere to the G.D.P.R. guidelines as stipulated by B.A.C.P., whereby personal data is properly protected and stored.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialism in child play therapies/ art therapy
ASIST trained (suicide intervention)
Bereavement support & ways to manage grief
Exam and school-based stress (including bullying)
Integrative counselling for adults males and females
Children aged 6-11 £25 per session
Children aged 12-14 £30 per session
Adults £35 per session (Mon-Fri)
£40 per session (weekends)
I am passionate about counselling and helping others to find ways to deal with events and issues which impact on their lives, or to give expression to feelings and emotions which are often suppressed.I fully understand that sometimes speaking to family members or friends can be difficult; I offer a safe, confidential environment where all issues can be listened to and addressed.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or 'phone call.I will respond as quickly as possible and am happy to listen to and help alleviate your concerns.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available all evenings from 4:30 pm I am available Thursday afternoons& all day Fridays. Weekend availability possible. Premises available in Parkgate, Ballymena, B'shane and Belfast
Types of client