Julia’s practice is based predominantly on the Person-Centred Approach which recognises the individuality and uniqueness of every individual and the capacity for personal growth and development towards leading a more satisfying life yet also integrates skills from other approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness where appropriate.
Counselling provides a safe and non-judgmental environment which respects the individual’s perspective, values and beliefs. As trust develops between the client and the counsellor, the client becomes more able to talk about difficult feelings and experiences. Through careful listening, the counsellor senses what it is the individual is experiencing and then helps the client explore their feelings and their difficulties more deeply. As therapy progresses the counsellor may help the client identify feelings about past experiences and relationships leading to a clearer understanding of current issues. The aim being to develop the client’s awareness and understanding and identify ways of initiating change.
Julia has worked with clients with a range of issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, grief, and abuse, trauma and problematic and hazardous alcohol and drug use.