Julie Wratten MA (Dist) BSc (Hons) PGDipPST RGN
I am a Counsellor, Couple Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist, with over 20 years experience in the NHS and private practice. As a person centred therapist I am able to create the kind of relationship in which clients feel safe enough to take the risks involved in change, whatever that might be.
My experience of working within Clinical Health Psychology includes, feelings of sadness and worry, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, phobias and panic.
I welcome working with a diverse complexity of life challenges, including specialist areas such as; adapting to illness and disability, sexual orientation and gender diversity, out of control sexual behaviour, sexual and relationship problems.
We will begin therapy with an assessment process for us to decide if I am the right therapist for you.
I aim to offer a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement.
To try to get close to what you are experiencing and help you to find your own meanings in your feelings and experiences.
I am straightforward, open, honest, compassionate and courageous.
Brave enough to get alongside you on your journey, wherever that may lead.
A collaborative approach, using a cognitive behavioural framework, acceptance and commitment therapy and elements of psycho-education, which help to guide the individual client, or the couple, through a journey of discovery.
The cognitive behavioural model helps us to understand how our thoughts and feelings affect our behaviour.
New behaviours are negotiated within the therapy session.
In between sessions clients practise agreed behaviours either alone or with a partner.
Talking with the therapist about your sexual experiences helps to us to discover what might be getting in the way of expressing sexuality, developing intimacy and finding sexual fulfilment whatever that might be.
Psychosexual therapy can help with concerns such as:
- Loss of Desire
- Difficulties with orgasm
- Painful Intercourse
- Erectile Problems
- Ejaculation Problems
- Out of Control Sexual Behaviour
- Consistent Use of Pornography
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Physical illness
- Sex after a Diagnosis of Cancer
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Accreditation
Masters in Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy
Bachelor of Science/Specialist Nursing
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accred)
Registered Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (Accred)
The Masters in Counselling at Durham University was humanistic, person-centred. The founder of person-centred therapy Carl Rogers, believed that people have a natural drive toward development, growth, fulfilment and self-healing.
The clients' potential is facilitated through a genuine relationship, without judgement, in which the person feels fully understood. Personal growth leads to trust, autonomy, empowerment and freedom for the person to become fully themselves.
The Post Graduate Diploma with the Relate Institute had a Cognitive Behavioural foundation with elements of other theories such as attachment, psychodynamic and family systems.
My background is nursing. I set up, managed and helped to deliver a community cardiac rehabilitation programme, which included visiting people in their own homes.
Supporting individuals, their families and friends to adapt to living with heart disease prompted me to develop skills in counselling, couple therapy and psychosexual therapy.
I trained as a counsellor in 2002 and qualified a psychosexual therapist in 2014. My work as a psychosexual therapist led to more training with the Relate Institute to become a relational counsellor and my experience in working with couples includes family issues, affairs, separation and blended families.
My work is diverse, this included being part of the clinical psychology team in a local hospital, my role included psychotherapy in specialist areas including cardiac disease, diabetes, cancer and palliative care.
As a self employed couple counsellor and psychosexual therapist I work with individuals and couples, I also provided therapy to NHS clients. Currently I work from my private therapy room which is on the outskirts of Yarm in Teesside.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 telephone counselling
£50 individual therapy
£60 couple therapy
Please call, message or email me to discuss fees and concessions.
Send me an email or give me a call. If you send an email and would like me to contact you, leave your telephone number and an idea of when it will be best to reach you.
Kind Regards Julie