Welcome

 Are you struggling with a difficulty in your life and need some support?

Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or stress?

Would you like to improve your personal and professional relationships and increase in confidence?

Do you want to talk to someone who will listen without judgement?

 

Welcome

Our life rarely goes the way we plan it - it can deal painful blows that are unfair and unavoidable. The result can be stress, anxiety, anger, illness and depression. The good news is that even if our life isn't like we would want, we can still work to create a fulfilling life with meaning and hope. I will take as few sessions as possible to help you understand your current unhappiness. This could be stress, depression, anxiety, grief,  compulsive or addictive unhealthy behaviours. I can help you think about your problems in a new way and offer you a range of techniques to make you feel better after every session.

On with your life

I offer you a down to earth approach that helps you get back in the driving seat of your life. Life is too short to get bogged down in ways of thinking and behaving that could be changed with a few sessions of insightful counselling. You may wish to try one session of counselling and then make your mind up - and if so, I would love to hear from you.

A discrete central Stafford location

My Stafford office gives you a comfortable, discrete and private location in a business area with easy and free parking. I am located 5 minutes drive from the railway station and town centre.

Testimonials

Julie was excellent to work with. She made me focus on specific areas for reflection and strategies. 

Thank you - I am coping better each day with your help and support.

After working with Julie I have an increased awareness of my self perceptions and how to change this. I have learned how to care for myself.

Julie was simply a great help!

Julie has helped me through an extremely difficult time - I could not have done it on my own.

Julie was really helpful when talking to her about any feelings I had. She took it the next step by actually taking the time to look into things I had mentioned which could later be discussed in sessions. She's a credit to her work and would recommend anyone who's perhaps looking on here for counselling to take the push and reach out to her

At the time I contacted Julie I was at a very low point in my life. For someone who doesn’t like to talk about their problems or open up to people I always thought therapy wasn’t for me. I’m told reaching out is the hardest part, I guess looking back it’s very true. From the start I found Julie very understanding of my situation and was able to see things from my point of view. I cannot tell you how refreshing that was for me. Throughout my sessions I was able to make sense of certain thoughts and was taught how to help control other thoughts that were just not helpful to me. Over my time working with Julie I have learnt a lot about myself and why I think or behave in a certain way. I’m very grateful for how Julie has helped me move forward with my life and understand my depression

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