What approach can I expect?

Although there are various counselling approaches and emphases, research indicates that the underlying quality of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client itself is at the heart of effective counselling. So if you are looking for the right counsellor for you, it is important to factor in your own sense of whether you could work together.

My core counselling approach is psychodynamic. This means that I particularly listen for the ways your formative relationships may connect with how you act and respond now, both outside and within the counselling situation. We often develop patterns of behaviour of which we have become largely unconscious, but which can hold great sway over how we are living our lives. Gaining insight into these patterns can help us make choices for creative change.

Though I work from this understanding, I am aware that each client is an individual. The balance between the space needed to express present feelings, explore their past origins, and engage with future options may vary from client to client and shift over the course of the counselling. I draw on other approaches where appropriate, and encourage some writing activities between sessions if it seems this would helpfully advance our work.

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  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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