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Judy O’Brien
PGDip. MBACP

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“An experienced Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor based in Wilmslow,  I offer a safe, non-judgemental space, to enable you to explore personal issues or emotions, past experiences or difficult relationships, helping you to discover what’s going on for you and find better ways of being. My passionate belief is that everyone has the potential to change their lives in meaningful ways with the right support and conditions. A bit like a plant needs water, sunlight and food to grow and reach its potential.

“There can be times in our lives when we struggle to cope. When our problems seem just too challenging to manage alone. Speaking with family and friends can help, but sometimes the issues we are experiencing are not easy to talk about with the people we know. This is when professional counselling can help.

At the heart of my work is a person-centred ethos which means that my priority is to build a trusting, honest relationship which will enable you to feel truly heard, fully accepted and understood.  This, in itself can bring enormous comfort and relief and help you gain a better understanding of yourself; increase self-acceptance; help you to explore choices; build self-belief and ultimately enrich your relationships and enhance well-being.

I understand that finding a therapist and starting therapy can be a daunting task.  I can offer you a safe space and a confidential, nurturing, non-judgemental, empathic environment to help you unravel your problems. Together we will identify what you need and we can work for a few sessions or over a longer period.  Whatever your concerns may be, I take them very seriously and  offer a warm acceptance of all you bring.

If there is anything you are unsure on, please contact me to discuss your concerns. I offer a no-fee 20 minute initial telephone or on line consultation.”

I am a qualified, experienced Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I provide a confidential counselling service in Wilmslow. Offering a safe, non-judgemental space, which will enable you to explore disturbing personal issues or emotions, past experiences or difficult relationships, helping you to discover what’s going on for you and find better ways of being.

My passionate belief is that everyone has the potential to change their lives in meaningful ways with the right support and conditions. A bit like a plant needs water, sunlight and food to grow and reach its potential.

Judy O’Brien
PGDip. MBACP

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MY APPROACH

As an integrative therapist I work in a person-centred way placing you at the core of our work.  I also draw on Psychodynamic, Compassion-focused therapy, Gestalt, and Inner Child work so I can work creatively with you to tailor therapy to meet your needs as an individual with unique life-experiences.

I aim to facilitate growth towards authenticity, empowerment and freedom of expression by providing an empathetic, non-judgemental and confidential listening ear in an environment where you can gain mental space, explore thoughts, feelings, choices and consequences.   

I am passionate about helping you to create balance and become the best versions of yourself, free from stresses of the present, anxieties of the future and burdens of the past.

WHAT I CAN HELP WITH

Keeping it together can be challenging at times. No one is immune to the difficulties life throws their way. When things get tough, life can become overwhelming. Reaching out for help takes tremendous courage and commitment.  Valuing and investing in yourself by taking this first step will allow you to work for the changes you want to make in your life.

I have experience working with a range of issues including, Low self-esteem & low confidence. Emotional abuse.  Self-criticism. Relationship difficulties.  Sadness. Feeling lost, down or confused. Loneliness. Depression,. Post natal depression. Stress & work-related stress. Redundancy.  Bullying.  Anger. General anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety. Bereavement & loss. Still birth, Comfort eating. Pet bereavement.

FAQ’s

WILL SESSIONS BE CONFIDENTIAL?2020-10-05T19:50:56+00:00

It is really important my clients have a discrete and confidential service and you can be assured of this. I am fully professionally qualified and as a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP, I adhere to the rigorous guidelines they set out for ethics and confidentiality. I attend regular Supervision and Continuous Professional Development to ensure best practice.

WHERE DO THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?2020-10-06T13:43:28+00:00

Face-to-face sessions take place in my counselling rooms in Wilmslow and Chorlton.

I offer flexible Day and Evening Counselling Services.

Online Counselling & Telephone Counselling sessions are also available. This provides flexibility for those with changeable home/work schedules and for those needing a combination of face to face and distance sessions. I can also arrange outdoor session – Walk & Talk in nature.

WHAT HAPPENS AT MY FIRST SESSION?2020-10-05T20:14:13+00:00

We will agree a working contract, which includes terms and indicates how we might work together.  You will be able to tell me in your own words as much or as little as you wish about what has brought you to counselling. You will find out how comfortable you might feel working with me and decide if you wish to proceed.

I will sit with you in a safe and impartial space and together we will find a way of working with kindness, curiosity, compassion and sometimes humour. This is when our therapeutic relationship is formed.

HOW MUCH DO THE SESSIONS COST?2021-03-26T12:01:29+00:00

I offer a no fee 20 minute telephone consultation if required.
Sessions last 50 minutes.
Online sessions – £50.
Face to face sessions – £55.
10% discount for counselling students and if you book and pay for a block of six.
Payments made by bank transfer.

HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?2020-10-05T20:15:03+00:00

You can contact me to book an initial appointment by phone or email, or via the contact form below. Whichever method you choose, I will respond promptly.

QUALIFICATIONS

BACP Accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 7- Distinction.

BA (Hons) Business and Personnel

PGCE – Distinction

The Family Counselling Centre, Altincham
-Long term volunteer working with a variety of clients’ issues.
-Experience of completing Mental Health Assessments.

I have had training around the following areas:
Working with men in therapy | Compassion Focused Therapy | Walk and Talk Therapy.
Gestalt Action Methods | Dreams Interpretation Awareness | Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
Expressive Art Therapy

QUALIFICATIONS

BACP Accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 7- Distinction.

BA (Hons) Business and Personnel

PGCE – Distinction

The Family Counselling Centre, Altincham
-Long term volunteer working with a variety of clients’ issues.
-Experience of completing Mental Health Assessments.

GET IN TOUCH

If now is the time for you to make those changes you want, then please get in touch. You can book a session at my Therapy room in Wilmslow or start with a free 20 minute telephone consultation.

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