My name is Julia, and I have an academic and professional background that includes working in Further and Higher Education for 15 years and working with people and animals for many more.
I spent some years supporting people through the loss of their pets whilst working with the Pet Bereavement Support Service at Blue Cross and working to further the growing field of animal-assisted interventions which includes animal-assisted therapy and activities whilst working at The Society for Companion Animal Studies. I currently continue my work with animal charities by working part of my week as a consultant for Cats Protection, having helped develop their Paws to Listen Grief Support Service.
I worked as a volunteer counsellor at SALT South West (Sexual Abuse Listening Therapy) for just over a year with clients who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
I have a Masters Degree in Education and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. I am an accredited registered member of the National Counselling Society. I am an ASIST suicide First Aider. I have undertaken further specialist training in working with couples and relationships.
Using a room in Plymouth, I conduct appointments with private clients. I have a good understanding and knowledge of gender and sexual diversities (GSD) and my experience extends to working with people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, family, developmental and relationship issues, trauma, loss and bereavement.
I have a deep understanding and appreciation of technology and am equipped to work with people who may be experiencing issues arising from the use of technology or who may prefer to incorporate the use of technology into the therapeutic experience. I also enjoy nature and animals and am happy to integrate animal-assisted interventions and nature-based therapies into our work together if that is something you would like.
I receive regular supervision from a qualified and experienced supervisor and I work in line with both the NCS and BACP ethical frameworks.