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We all face concerns and difficulties in our emotional lives that can impact on our work, relationships and well-being. 

If you are unhappy, overwhelmed or stuck, then looking for help is a step in the right direction.  In a caring and confidential environment you will be able to talk openly in a way that is not always possible with family or friends. 

By working through unresolved feelings connected to past events and experiences, and by exploring different options, possibilities and perspectives, you will be able to move forward with your life in a positive way, achieving a deeper sense of meaning and happiness. 

My name is Julie Pearson and my counselling and psychotherapy practice is based in Rayleigh in Essex, a location that is within easy reach of Southend, Chelmsford, Wickford, Hockley, Benfleet and Billericay.  Please take a look at the contact page for directions and transport advice.

I am a fully qualified BACP registered therapist and I support all therapeutic requirements, however I specialise in the following areas:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress, and Anger Management
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Career and Workplace Counselling
  • Sexual Issues
  • Eating Addictions

I will provide you with a safe and relaxed space for you to share and explore your issues in a warm and non-judgmental way. I am an integrative counsellor so you will benefit from my use of different therapeutic approaches which will be adapted to suit your preference, personality and issues.  My approach is eclectic with foundations in both solution focused and psychodynamic therapies

If you have any further questions after reading through this website please contact me, I am happy to answer any questions and discuss your issues in depth.

Please note that any information you give to me over the phone, via email or in person is strictly confidential.  There is a confidentiality agreement provided on the initial consultation form.

People often ask what the difference is.  Put simply, counselling tends to be short-term work, from 6 weeks to 6 months.  Psychotherapy tends to be over a medium to long-term time frame.  The work can be similar in both, although in psychotherapy we explore your problems at a deeper therapeutic level and over a longer duration.  Short term work lends itself better to solution focused therapy.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk with their therapist about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people, and the therapist focuses on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship.

‘Transference’; when the client projects their feelings experienced in previous significant relationships on to the therapist, is a method used in this type of therapy.

The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis, but usually provides a quicker solution to emotional problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This type of therapy combines cognitive and behavioural techniques. Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques.

CBT has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders, and major depression (sometimes when combined with drug treatment).

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical frame work.

Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling (CPCAB)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (APT)
Personality Disorder Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF)
Behavioural Couples Therapy for addictions (NHS)
Motivational Interviewing (Anglia Ruskin)

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and am listed on the BACP Voluntary Accredited Register

Membership ensures that I am working safely and in the best interests of clients. By adhering to the BACP code of ethical practice I am also compliant with membership policies and regulations.

My Counselling Career

I began my career in psychological therapy after many years of working in a corporate environment, at a senior management level, feeling disillusioned and unfulfilled with my life.

Throughout my years as a Psychological Therapist I have worked with a vast range of individuals, all experiencing many different types of presenting issues including:

·   Anxiety, worry, low mood, hopelessness

·   Sexual addiction and sexually related issues

·   Relationship issues and conflict

·   Low feelings of self worth

·   Career and work related issues

·   Eating addiction and obesity

·   Personality and anger issues

By working through unresolved feelings connected to past events and experiences and by exploring different options possibilities and perspectives, my clients have been able to move forward with their lives in a positive way, achieving a deeper sense of meaning and happiness. 

In addition to my experience in general counselling practice, I have also practiced in specialist area's such as domestic abuse and correctional facilities. I have also worked within the NHS for many years in adult mental health and addictions - specialising in rehabilitation.