Julie Wratten MA (Dist) BSc (Hons) PGDipPST RGN
I am a Counsellor, Psychosexual Therapist and Couple Counsellor, with 17 years experience in the NHS and private Practice. I welcome working with a diverse complexity of life challenges, such as; adapting to illness and disability, sexual orientation and gender diversity, and out of control sexual behaviour.
Person-centred therapy demands that as counsellors we are able to create the kind of relationship in which clients feel safe enough to take the risks involved in change.
The first session is an assessment 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 and elements of psycho-education 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 delivered 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 is diverse. Currently I spend a day a week in a local hospital as part of the health clinical psychology team, my experience includes psychotherapy in specialist areas including cardiac disease, diabetes, cancer and palliative care.
As a self employed psychosexual therapist I work with individuals and couples providing therapy to NHS clients. I also work from my private therapy room which is on the outskirts of Yarm in Teesside.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Please feel free to give me a call to discuss what your needs might be, how many sessions may be necessary and to talk about fees.
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Type of session
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