Soothe Away Counselling

Professional Counselling in Tilehurst and Reading

My name is Julia Parkes and I provide counselling and psychotherapy services for anxiety, depression and addictions in Reading.

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Soothe Away Counselling

Professional Counselling in Tilehurst and Reading

I am a very down to earth and easy going person, and would describe myself and approachable and accepting of people.

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Soothe Away Counselling

Professional Counselling in Tilehurst and Reading

I hold CPCAB qualifications and am an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (NCS).

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A Different Perspective on Thoughts
Speaking aloud and verbalising your thoughts and emotions, to another person, lets you see them from a new perspective instead of just in the interior of your own mind.
Feel Less Alone with your Problems
Having someone who is neutral, who won’t judge you, can give you the freedom to talk about things you wouldn’t normally discuss with your friends and family.
Improve Your Physical Wellbeing
Counselling can bring such benefits as having more energy, sounder sleep, and a better appetite. This often has a knock-on effect, making people more active, which can elevate positive feelings.

Types of Counselling I Offer

Integrative Counselling

During your support sessions I combine ideas from more than one theoretical approach to counselling, drawing on elements of each as appropriate for the client/issues.

Client Centered Counselling

This is based on the principle that I provide three ‘core conditions’ (or essential attributes) that are, in themselves, therapeutic. These are empathy (the ability to imagine oneself in another person’s position), unconditional positive regard (warm, positive feelings, regardless of the person’s behaviour) and congruence (honesty and openness).

Psychodynamic Counselling

This is based on the idea that past experiences have a bearing on experiences and feelings in the present, and that important relationships, perhaps from early childhood, may be replayed with other people later in life. I usually aim to be as neutral a figure as possible, making it more likely that important relationships (past or present) will be reflected in the relationship between the client and myself.

Cognitive Behavioural Counselling

This is concerned with the way people’s beliefs about themselves shape how they interpret experiences. The objective is to change self-defeating or irrational beliefs and behaviours by altering negative ways of thinking. You will learn to monitor your emotional upsets and what triggers them, to identify self-defeating thoughts, to see the connections between beliefs, feelings and behaviour, to look at the evidence for and against these thoughts and beliefs, and to think in a way that is more realistic and less negative.

How Can I Help?

Individual Counselling

Counselling is a type of therapy where you can talk about your feelings in a confidential and safe place. It can be used to help many different mental health conditions including anxiety, depression and addictions.


Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. However, when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it can cause problems.


Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities.


No matter what kind of addiction you have, they all can take a serious toll on your physical and psychological well-being.

High Functioning Autism

“High-functioning autism” is an informal term used when they talk about people with an autism spectrum disorder who can speak, read, write, and handle basic life skills like eating and getting dressed. They may live independently, and are a lot like anyone else

A Simple Process

How Does it Work?

There are a few steps we can take to start working together, at a pace that is suitable to you.

Step 1:

Schedule your Free Consultation

This is a great opportunity to have a chat and find out if we can work together. We can use the time to ask any question you may have. This can be a free 30 minute face to face chat, a phone call or via email or messaging if you prefer.

At this point you can decide whether you wish to make an assessment appointment.

Step 2:

Assessment Appointment

This initial appointment will be an assessment and will take longer than a normal counselling appointment. This involves questions about you and your life and what you want from therapy. Before you arrive it may help you to have a think about your expectations and worries so you are more comfortable during this initial consultation. It is during this session that you will get a feel for my personality and that first impression may well help you decide if we can work together.

Step 3:

Subsequent Appointments

During our second session I will talk you through how I work and confidentiality and its limits etc. I will encourage you to tell me more about yourself and how you feel, as you tell your story I may interrupt you from time to time to get a better understanding of how events have happened, how you feel/felt about them. I do this so that I can truly try to understand you, I do not want to assume I have you worked out.

Questions clients ask

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of questions that clients often ask before a counselling session.

What type of counselling do you offer?

I offer “integrative counselling” which means I offer a mix of a few types of counselling. First and foremost I use person centred which is a here and now type of counselling which is very client lead, where we will explore your thoughts and feelings and in doing so this can lead to self-awareness. I am not the type of counsellor who will ever pigeon hole you or jump to any conclusions, I will truly listen to you and learn from your experiences and not my own. I think the term I want to use is, I will walk in your shoes.

I also use psychodynamic counselling which usually looks back at childhood experiences to see how they may have shaped the type of person you have become. This type of counselling can be very emotionally difficult to deal with and if we should choose to go ahead with this type of counselling you may feel worse before you feel better as you relive past experiences you have tried to forget or put behind you.

I can also offer CBT, which is the type of counselling where you will get homework and within that challenge your own thought patterns.

Whichever type of counselling we decide together is best for you, or even a mix of all three or two of them, it will be your decision not mine.

So what happens 1st?

Once you have decided you like the look of me and my website you can send me an email, text or simply call me. I will then call you if you are happy to do so and we can have an informal chat. If you are not comfortable talking on the phone, please be assured that we can email or message instead. If you prefer to meet face to face, we can meet for a half-hour free of charge chat. If you wish to go ahead at this point we can make an appointment.

Will my counselling sessions be confidential?

Yes, counselling sessions are confidential. The exception would be if you were to pose a danger to yourself or others, in which case the relevant parties would be notified.

Who can you help?

Those with anxiety, depression, suffering stress, battling addictions, low self-esteem and confidence, and understanding yourself.

How long should I expect to have to continue counselling?

The length of your treatment will very much depend on your unique circumstances and needs, with six sessions often recommended and a review after that.

Keep in mind that once you start sessions, new issues and angles can arise you were not aware existed that you then want to explore. It is of course possible to also see improvement faster than you expected. 

How qualified are you?

I am registered and accredited with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I am qualifed with CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) – Level 2, 3 and 4.

My Biography

About Me

I am a very down to earth, easy going person, I would describe myself as easy to approach and very accepting of people.

I have lots of experience with anxiety, depression and addictions. I also have experience helping those with Autism and Asperger’s, ADD and ADHD, also from a carer’s perspective.

I’m currently an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (NCS), and volunteer as a counsellor one day a week at the charity Change Grow Live.


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