Julia CookeCounselling in Knebworth & Letchworth

About me

Qualifications & experience

I have a MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (UKCP accred.) and a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP accred.) having completed The Minster Centre Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Training.

I have worked with a diverse range of clients in my private practice and in different therapy settings including a university counselling service, an NHS community mental health team, a local Mind counselling service and other community-based counselling centres.

I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Reg.). I regularly engage in Continuing Professional Development training and learning opportunities to keep up to date with current knowledge and developments in the field.

I also hold a Diploma in Supervision awarded by the Adlerian Society Institute for Individual Psychology having completed the Cambridge Supervision Training and work as a supervisor for therapists, both qualified and in training.

My therapeutic approach

As an integrative therapist I take the view that there is no single approach that is suitable for each client in all situations. Rather, each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. We will explore your particular story and needs together to find a way of working that allows you to feel heard and understood in ways that are often missing in our day to day lives. Central to my approach is a collaborative relationship of trust and empathy through which I hope to offer an experience of attunement allowing you to be yourself without fear of judgement or criticism.

My integrative training has given me a wide perspective across different therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic and humanistic models of therapy.

The psychodynamic approach helps us to explore how patterns from childhood and in past relationships may be unconsciously repeated in our adult lives. We will focus on how these past experiences may be contributing to present feelings and experiences given that painful issues in the present will often have their roots in the past.

The humanistic approach concentrates more on existing thoughts and feelings and how these may be playing out in the "here and now" of your life, giving the opportunity for greater self-awareness and personal development.

The integration of these approaches through the therapeutic relationship as it unfolds will give you the opportunity for reflection and exploration leading to new perspectives on yourself with opportunities for growth, acceptance and transformation.

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