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28th March 2017 
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Counsellor in Ashby de la Zouch Counselling & Psychosexual Therapy for Leicestershire and Derbyshire


Welcome to my website. If you have reached this point, I imagine you have a problem you would like to deal with or are searching for the right practitioner for you.

To introduce myself... I am an experienced Sexual and Relationship Therapist (accredited by the BACP and College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and a Clinical Supervisor based in Ashby de la Zouch. I specialise in relationship counselling (also known as couples counselling or, previously, marriage guidance) for couples and individuals. I see a wide range of people, from those who are experiencing problems within their relationship to those who are single and hoping to find love in a new relationship.

In conjunction with this, I also specialise in psychosexual therapy (or sex therapy) for couples and individuals of any age and sexual orientation. Please see the Psychosexual Therapy page for further details of the issues I can help with.

I have over 14 years of experience in assisting clients with their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, taking a holistic and compassionate approach to working through issues and problems.

My areas of expertise:

  • Relationships - for example: repetitive arguments, poor communication, broken trust, affairs, relationship breakdown, lack of support, taking each other for granted, unable to move forward or plan ahead, divorce or separation.
  • Marriage preparation.
  • Intimacy: sexual function and sexual feelings.
  • Sexual abuse or trauma.
  • Non-consummation of marriage.
  • Relationships with family, friends or colleagues.
  • Grief and loss.
  • The aftermath of suicide.
  • Low self-esteem and confidence.
  • Assertiveness.
  • Stress.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Health, wellbeing and dealing with illness.
  • Life stage transition.
  • Loss of direction, meaning and purpose.
  • Bereavement.
  • Angry or violent outbursts.

Acknowledging a problem can be difficult and asking for help isn't easy, so if you would like to talk through how I can assist you with the problems you are facing then please phone me on 07500 716 801.


"The therapy really helped me get through what was, at the time, a tough time for myself, family and anyone else that was involved. It also made me realise that no matter what the situation, that it was always best to talk about things and not keep them bottled up like I had done for so many years previously. I really don't think my experience of therapy could have been improved in any way. Again, Julie, I can't thank you enough for your help with everything over the past few months. I can truly say that I am a completely different person now as to what I was when I first came to see you."



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About the sessions...

The first session will be an assessment of your situation, so that we can decide on the best way forward for you.

It is likely that you will attend weekly, however fortnightly counselling appointments are possible, depending on your needs. One-off sessions are also available, useful perhaps if you want to talk through an issue you cannot share with anyone else.

I offer daytime and evening appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays and daytime appointments on Fridays.

It is impossible to say how many sessions you will need - that decision is yours. However, clients typically attend between 6 and 20.

My counselling practice is in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire (within easy reach of Swadlincote, Burton on Trent, Derby, Coalville, Leicester, Loughborough, Tamworth).


About me...

I am an experienced, Relate-trained counsellor (BACP accredited), sex therapist (COSRT accredited) and clinical supervisor, who works with both individuals and couples of any age, gender and sexual orientation, in Ashby de la Zouch.

As a therapist, I recognise that you may not find it easy to talk to a stranger about your problems. Giving voice to our problems makes them real and sometimes we don't even know how they came about, let alone how to feel better about ourselves or the situation we find ourselves in. I will provide you with a caring, supportive, professional and confidential environment in which we will look at, and find a way through, the problems you are experiencing (either individually or as a couple). And, don't worry, you won't be coerced into doing or saying anything you don't want to - I feel passionate about empowering you to make changes that you identify to create a more fulfilling life.

In addition to our relationships, keeping our sex lives fresh and fulfilling can be challenging. I am experienced in working successfully with sexual dysfunctions and difficulties, both for individuals and couples, in addition to the impact of childhood sexual abuse and mental health on intimacy.

As a supervisor, I offer clinical supervision and support to counsellors and other staff working in healthcare or the caring professions. I provide supervision from my practice in Ashby de la Zouch or in the workplace, to both individuals and groups.


"...Julie has a strong work ethic and her flexible and creative approach to work means that she achieves excellent results..." CEO, Relate Warwickshire (December 2013).


Here are my qualifications:

  • University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling (Relate Institute, University of Hull).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy - Psychosexual Therapy (Relate Institute, University of Hull).
  • Relate Counsellor Graduate Certificate.
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Relate Institute).
  • Level 4 Certificate in Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice.
  • Certificate in Coaching (Your Business in Mind).
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (University of Derby).

And a bit of additional information...

  • A registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • An accredited member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
  • Active member of the COSRT Ethics Committee.
  • A psychosexual counsellor within the NHS.



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The next step...

It's important that you feel comfortable with your choice of counsellor, so please feel free to call me to discuss what you would like to get out of counselling, as well as for me to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please leave a message and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Alternatively, email me at julie@newbeginningstherapy.org.uk.


"Julie is non-judgemental and incredibly insightful, making connections which I probably never would have made on my own and which other therapists failed to. I find it amazing that she could recall conversations we had had previously and connect them to current conversations. She has been the key to getting me 'unstuck' in my life and for that I am indebted to her. I think she is a fantastic therapist and would highly recommend her services to anyone. I will go back to her without hesitation if there is anything else I need help with in my life."