Clarity Healing Self Awareness Personal Growth TRANSFORMATION Well-being Confidence Compassion POSSIBILITY Meditation Self-Worth Change
to explore issues and difficulties that life, relationships, and some patterns of behaviour create.
to take a journey that will lead to greater understanding, clarity and increased self-awareness.
to create an opportunity to make changes in your life with confidence and support.
Confidential Counselling & Psychotherapy in Cambridge
Counselling and Psychotherapy creates a fertile environment for clarity, psychological healing and change. Counselling and therapeutic work is a mutual creation, in a space where we co-create a sense of who we are, what we want, and perhaps what we don’t want. We will hear, as a full bodied experience, the impact of our words, emotions, imaginings and desires. Crucially, we will also get the chance to be critically reflective in the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. This relationship is not like other relationships. You will be met with an aspiration of warmth, compassion and understanding, creating a trusting safe space for us to challenge our assumptions, beliefs, and relational habits. Our assumed knowing will reveal itself in a space where we get to concentrate on you, your dilemma, your distress, whatever you have sought therapy for. Above all else therapy is a healing and creative space where our sense of self can ebb and flow, shift and change into a more accepting vibrant existence. As an experienced BACP registered counsellor I have worked with clients across the generations. I am an experienced counsellor, and have spent many years training other counsellors. I am also a supervisor to other practitioners and so I have an understanding both from the client's and the therapist's perspective. Here are some examples of issues I work with:
relationship difficulties - present & historical
(inc romantic, friendship, family, work-related)
anxiety, panic & stress
divorce and separation
bereavement & loss
decision making & life choices
gender and sexuality
self-esteem & issues of confidence
confusion, muddle & stuckness
abuse - present & historical
health & illness
*What stories are you telling yourself about your life or those around you?
*What experience are you having in your body
that stops you from living as fully as you would like to?
*What is happening in your relating with others
that isn’t as rewarding as you would like it to be?
*What are your hopes, aspirations, dreams and desires?
What kind of Counsellor am I?
Bringing together my training and research as a therapist, experience as a personal development trainer, and studies in Philosophy, my style of therapy is like a one-to-one personal consultancy, tailored to you and your needs, to help you find a way forward, with an aim for you to work towards what really matters in your life, and make no mistake I trust you, your inner resources and the therapeutic process to be the major force in your change process.
Person-centred therapy respectfully and compassionately, places trust in unconscious motivational forces to reveal what is limiting, hurting, and what matters to each person as an individual. Working in this way enables you to move forward in a safe and confident way. My philosophical and existential attitude means that I believe in free will, choice, and that though our human angst can be natural, it can be hard to bear sometimes. My training in philosophy and existentialism enables me to open up and explore some of the wider issues for you such as what it is to be human, how to identify meaning and value in life, and consider options and choices. I absolutely believe that each person has the ability to live life in an empowered way and I have aided clients through the task of becoming more the person they wish to be, living a life they wish to live.
I also offer Hypnotherapy as a way to engage in specific stress-related issues and the experience of anxiety. This is an evidence-based approach that has been approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS). There is nothing gimmicky or flimsy about the approach and it has nothing to do with popular 'stage-hypnosis' that you may have seen on the television.
I offer non-trance hypnotherapy which is a form of active relaxation or creative meditationto aid you in your change process. Used in the context of addressing specific stress-related issues, anxiety and fear, this type of active relaxation is about creative visualisation and positive affirmation and can help with:
Self-esteem & confidence
Fear of flying
Pain related issues
Public speaking & giving presentations
Anxiety & panic
Weight Loss issues
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How to choose a therapist...
Contemporary research tells us that the counselling relationship itself is the key to good therapy, and so it is important that you feel able to confide in the therapist and trust the process of therapy itself. That can be challenging as it takes time to build a safe, trusting and productive relationship. Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task and I urge you to listen carefully to your own reaction and felt sense when choosing. Begin now, in this moment, to trust your inner experience as you begin this process of self-awareness and personal development. By listening to yourself, even at this first stage, you will already begin to aid your change process.How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions is entirely in your power and varies depending upon the type of therapy you choose. For counselling & psychotherapy some clients find that 10 sessions are enough to address their concern and find a way through. Others find 20-30 sessions help identify and address more ingrained issues and habits that seem to impede their life somehow. There are other clients that see this kind of therapy as part of their own self-care and personal development and we can find ourselves working together for a year or more. Hypnotherapy is a short-term solution focussed therapy and you will find that for a specific issue you may be working for 3-6 weeks only. Whichever you choose and however therapy unfolds for you, it will be reliant upon your commitment to therapy, my commitment to therapy, and ultimately commitment to your life. You do not have to decide up front how many sessions you might like or need. Just like life, we never know what is around the corner, and so too therapy can take many twists and turns, and being open to the necessary unfolding nature can make therapy extremely rewarding.This is feedback from some past clients that may be of help to you…“Julie has been fantastically helpful for me. She worked with me to build a great relationship. When the approach we were taking in our sessions was too much for me she was kind and understanding. We then discussed new approaches and boundaries, which helped me feel comfortable to continue. I have worked my way to a much more comfortable emotional state with her help”. - K.W. 32yrs
“First a much needed attentive ear to talk things through with, working with Julie helped me to gain perspective and cast a different light on various events I was struggling with. Her professionalism, kindness and empathy have helped beyond I imagined it would be possible - very grateful for it.” - A.R. 25yrs.
“In my sixties I was surprised to find myself suddenly in what felt like a predicament of indecision involving retirement, separation and ill health simultaneously. After going round in circles for ages I decided to seek counselling for the first time in my life. I'm so glad I found Julie who I felt understood my situation and was able to gently help me find my way through.” - N.L. 68yrs.
“This was not what I expected. I didn’t expect to hear myself say the things I said or feel the way I did. Working with Julie allowed me to unravel the knots and make some sense for myself. As I started to feel better and more settled, I was able to make better decisions. Sometimes it was hard work but the benefits last a long time.” - D.W. 42yrs
“I found supervision with Julie to be an extremely positive experience. She enabled me to think deeply about my practice, was challenging yet always thoroughly supportive. I especially liked the emphasis she put on my wellbeing. This was very much appreciated.” - M.H. 63 years.
Supervision in Cambridge
As a qualified supervisor I also offer supervision to anyone, in any profession wishing to engage in reflective practice. Please see separate tab for more details.
Lecturer in Counselling
As a Counselling Lecturer and Trainer I have extensive experience in training counsellors and aiding them through their own journey of self-awareness and personal development. I have taught on all levels of training programs and facilitated large groups in personal development workshops and therapeutic group process.