Julie West

Julie West



02815892610 / 07708 610046

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About me

Do you feel 'stuck' or need an opportunity to talk to someone? I have a teaching background but  my current  work as an integrative counsellor focuses on helping others to reach their potential and find ways to overcome  anxieties and worries in life.

I offer counselling services for children, teenagers and adults, male and female and my experience is outlined below. The first session is free and offers an opportunity to find out what counselling entails and how best to move forward.

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.

Please send that  email or 'phone /text- counselling can really help.

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 therapist, 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 and  trauma.

In all cases, 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 securely protected and stored.

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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)

                              £35 per session (weekends)

*concessions apply

First session free

Further information

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

Ballymena, BT42
Parkgate, BT39

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Private home premises and private parking available.


I am available all evenings from 4:30 pm, Thursdays and  all day Fridays. Weekend availability possible.

Premises available in Parkgate, Ballymena, B'shane and Belfast.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults