Julie Wilkes, FdA, MBACP (Accred) Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist
**Sessions via Video / Telephone Call only due to COVID-19 outbreak**
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist with accreditation status. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). At the heart of my practice is the understanding that our relationship is the key component for successful therapeutic outcomes. With my therapeutic skills and my natural way of being with another, I will help you find peace and calmness to your current difficulties and a positive way forward in life.
I have gained the knowledge that a tailored, individual approach is necessary in order to adhere to all specific needs by using key counselling modalities to suit the individualism of each client. Together we will plan a way of working that will help you understand and manage your current difficulties.
How can counselling help ?
Whilst many of us have supportive family and friends who can help with difficulties we face, at times, the closeness of these relationships can detract from our personal journey of growth and discovery. Whilst I appreciate that the thought of counselling may be a difficult step, we will walk the journey together. Offering a neutral perspective throughout sessions, we will explore any difficulties you wish to share. Providing a therapeutic relationship with honesty and empathy, we will explore any issue within a non-judgmental and confidential space at a pace which enables thorough reflection and scope for change.
What to expect in the first session
Our first session will give you the opportunity to talk through your current difficulties. I understand the first session can be a little daunting. I will listen and support you through this and I will advise on the type of therapy that I would initially start with and how I propose we can work together. I do understand though that whilst some people will enter into a series of sessions; some clients may only want a one-off session to explore some of their difficulties initially.
This initial session will also give us an opportunity to decide together whether I am the most suitable therapist to support you.
Who do I counsel ?
I counsel anyone aged 18+ on a self-referral basis or through an Employee Assisted Programme of therapeutic support.
Where I practice
I work from two private practices in Kings Norton, Birmingham (B38) and Harborne, Birmingham (B17). Both locations are easily accessible by car or public transport and offer on-street parking, free of charge. Both premises are also accessible for disabled clients.
Please contact me in the first instance, by email or phone to discuss practice details further.
"I would like to thank you for the help that you gave me. The sessions you provided were essential for me to come to terms with the difficulties I was facing. Your experience, insight, and intelligence meant that you easily saw through to the core of my issues, and you provided me with strategies and understanding for how to cope with them. I needed that help, and I'm glad I found you. I am in a much better place now, and would not hesitate to use your services again if I were to need them, and I have already recommended you". Testimonial by L.P.
"Julie has been a wonderful counsellor and has really helped me with a number of issues. Upon first meeting I felt quickly at ease with her and soon relaxed into talking with her. I now feel like a better version of myself and feel so much better! I can't speak highly enough of her! Thank you so much Julie, you've helped me more than I can say." Testimonial by L.M.
"Without Julie Wilkes, I truly do not know where I would be. Her patience, guidance and expertise guided me through hard times, and I now have a much better way of coping and a clearer understanding of the issues I had during that time.There was an instant ease to express emotions and a relaxed environment to feel safe. You’ve helped me become a stronger person and your kindness and advice will be truly missed. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am for you. Thank you". Testimonial by K.H.
Please click on my website to see further testimonials from clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have achieved accreditation status for my work through BACP. This includes evidencing high professional standards in my client work and commitment to my clients and the profession.
I have gained experience supporting people with differing age groups, gender, disabilities, social and cultural backgrounds on a voluntary basis and within my private practice covering a range of difficulties with clients struggling with anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, feeling sad and relationship issues to name a few.
At present I am working with the Victim Support National Charity Agency and for a leading private health organisation supporting their clients in addition to private practice.
A comprehensive list of my experience is detailed below.
Qualifications accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB):
- BACP Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (with merit) Levels 4 & 5
- CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 3
- CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 2
- AQA Counselling Skills Introductory Level
Various Continued Professional Development sessions attended covering the areas of counselling I have dealt with. Further CPD sessions planned on an ongoing basis to support my practice and client work.
Besides my counselling portfolio I have lectured at a University teaching counselling skills.
My registration is detailed on the accredited register of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to its ethical framework and code of conduct (copy of this can be provided on commencement of therapy, if required).
I hold professional indemnity insurance.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Any client data is stored in accordance with ICO guidelines (copy of this can be provided on commencement of therapy, if required).
I am General Data Protection Regulations compliant
I have an Approved Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I believe in providing inclusive, accessible therapy for everyone, regardless of status. Please contact me in the first instance, by email or phone to discuss further.
Concessions offered for
The number of sessions required differs from client to client and a proposed treatment plan will be discussed in the assessment session with regular reviews built in.
First session (assessment) will last 1 hour, all further sessions will last for 50 minutes. The number of sessions required varies and is dependent on your individual circumstances. This will be discussed during the initial assessment and reviewed on a regular basis.
I have varying availability over weekdays, evenings and Saturday appointments.
Please contact me in the first instance, by email or phone to discuss further.
I offer face to face, online, video / telephone call counselling options.