Counselling & Psychotherapy

As a Counsellor;

Many people reach a time in their lives when they feel at a crossroads, where their lives are somehow stuck as a result of old unconscious patterns that invite them to persist along well-trodden paths.

Counselling unlocks the reasons for some of these habits (thought processes, feelings and behavioral) and frees the individual to make life enhancing choices following a compassionate enquiry into why they have limited themselves. 

This can involve some personal archeology and emotional release which enables the individual to make sense of their original choices and understanding and grow into a more robust and resourced state. From this follows the ability to live mindfully, to make more informed choices regarding future goals and vision and to attend to the important values, relationships and ambitions in their lives.

It is a wonderful opportunity to finally come to terms with hurts and shocks, bereavement of all kinds, and challenges rooted in both work and personal life, enabling a person to see new horizons and purpose.



As with psychotherapy there are a range of approaches available.

The areas covered are:

  • Dealing with loss
  • Professional/personal distress during profound change
  • Burnout
  • Living with someone with dementia
  • Managing children and reconstituted families
  • Managing yourself in relation to your boss
  • Any life event that changes your relationship to yourself and the world around you


As a Psychotherapist:

Julie is multi-lingual. She has been in practice for over thirty years and a trainer of Integrative Psychotherapists and Counsellors for much of that time.

She practices using models and methods that are tailor made for her clients, so she will employ Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Mindfulness and Creative Arts therapies in the service of the client, depending on the nature and needs of the person who consults her. She works with a range of people and including those from the professions, public service, the arts, the armed services and companies and organisations needing to address change and transition. She is also a specialist in PTSD and has undertaken a Jungian Analysis.

She works with a compassionate and strategic development of relational needs being met, and the client's understanding of the significance of their therapeutic journey. This will involve the ability do deal with attachment issues, unconscious processes of a personal and/or universal nature and the facing of existential dilemmas and transitions.

The aim is to go right to the heart of the problem and together with the client, in a partnership of experts, to create a relationship of trust, potency and hope, in order to find solutions, uncover choices, options and hidden aspirations.

This means that she works strategically, enabling clients to get back into the driving seat of their lives whilst also being able to pull over get out of the vehicle and enjoy sitting by the river, under a tree, or looking out over the sea enjoying this moment in their journey.

Clients are invited to have an MOT whenever needed, so that ongoing development and transformation can continue.



Services include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Transactional analysis
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Solution focussed therapy
  • Relational therapy
  • Post Traumatic stress disorder

Different people need need different approaches at different stages in their therapy. Julie will discuss with each client the most suitable way forward depending on the nature of the distress and the kind of personality of the client. The approach is transparent and clearly negotiated so that the client is equally engaged in the process; an equal partnership.




I first met Julie when my husband and I went to see her for relationship counselling. I was in recent remission from cancer and my husband in recovery from addiction. Julie managed to contain and hold our anguish with enormous skill and compassion. I didn’t realise just how much skill at the time (I came to understood that much later, when my own understanding of the process grew). I only knew that it was the first time I had felt safe for a very long time.

For the outcome? Suffice to say that twenty-six years later, I am still alive and my husband and I are still married.

I heartily recommend Julie as a therapist, teacher, coach or mentor.

Tilly Peterson