My Story

Hello, I am Julia Fletcher, a professionally qualified Counsellor.  I derive huge satisfaction in this role and feel my own life events have enriched my understanding and acceptance of others. I have learnt how counselling can be a wonderous process of connection and creates a place of healing and learning. If you are reading this then you have made the first attempts at seeking a way to move forward from your issues. You have already begun this process and I offer my professional assistance in helping you to explore your inner-most voice and gain some clarity.

I value individual difference, honesty, integrity, finding your path and standing out from the crowd. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers.

My professional credentials are that I am an Individual member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)  and as such, my work as a  practitioner means you can trust that I always adhere to their high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice. The BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Profession means I always endeavour to work with integrity and always in your best interests.

I have experience of working in a hospice with bereavement and loss, and also with a charity where I worked with, amongst other issues - loss, trauma, depression, sexual abuse, self esteem issues, addiction and several neuro-diverse clients. I have my own professional personal indemnity insurance and all my  I.T. hardware and software is maintained to the highest security standards available, so you are assured of the utmost confidentiality online.

I am fully insured, GDPR compliant and hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate to work with adults. As part of my ongoing professional and personal development, I attend regular Supervision to ensure that I am practising effectively in order to offer clients the best service that I can.

Professional Counselling Qualifications

-Level 4  - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, including "CBT" Specialism  (ABC / SEG) [Professionally Qualified]

-Level 3 & 2  Certifications in Humanistic Counselling, including "Loss and Bereavement" specialism (AQA)

- Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology                          (Centre of Excellence)

-Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor)

Qualifications which have enriched my knowledge

-Reiki Level 1 and 2  ||  Levels 1-4 Healing Trust Award  || EFT Level 1 and 2  (Tapping)

-B.A. Humanities Degree in Philosophy

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How can Counselling Help with Depression?

What is depression?      While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.

What causes depression?    

While we don’t know exactly what causes depression, a number of things are often linked to its development. Depression usually results from a combination of recent events (2020!!) and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than one immediate issue or event. Life events Research suggests that continuing difficulties such as long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress etc are more likely to cause depression than recent life stresses.

However, recent events (such as losing your job) or a combination of events can ‘trigger' depression if you’re already at risk because of previous bad experiences or personal factors.

Personal factors

Family history – Depression can run in families and some people will be at an increased genetic risk. However, having a parent or close relative with depression doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have the same experience. Life circumstances and other personal factors are still likely to have an important influence.

Personality – Some people may be more at risk of depression because of their personality, particularly if they have a tendency to worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are perfectionists, are sensitive to personal criticism, or are self-critical and negative.

Serious medical illness – The stress and worry of coping with a serious illness can lead to depression, especially if you’re dealing with long-term management and/or chronic pain.

Drug and alcohol use – Drug and alcohol use can both lead to and result from depression. Many people with depression also have drug and alcohol problems. How Counselling can help… Psychological treatments (also known as talking therapies) can help you change your thinking patterns and improve your coping skills so you're better equipped to deal with life's stresses and conflicts. As well as supporting your recovery, psychological therapies can also help you stay well by identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviour.

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured therapy which recognises that the way we think (cognition) and act (behaviour) affects the way we feel. CBT is one of the most effective treatments for depression, and has been found to be useful for a wide range of ages, including children, adolescents, adults and older people. CBT involves working with a professional counsellor to identify thought and behaviour patterns that are either making you more likely to become depressed, or stopping you from getting better when you’re experiencing depression. It works to change your thoughts and behaviour by teaching you to think rationally about common difficulties, helping you to shift negative or unhelpful thought patterns and reactions to a more realistic, positive and problem-solving approach. “

February 11th 2021

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