Types of Counselling I Offer
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.
My name is Julia Parkes and I provide counselling and psychotherapy services for anxiety, depression and addictions in Reading.Get in Touch
I am a very down to earth and easy going person, and would describe myself and approachable and accepting of people.Get in Touch
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.
There are a number of questions that clients often ask before a counselling session.
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.
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.
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.
Those with anxiety, depression, suffering stress, battling addictions, low self-esteem and confidence, and understanding yourself.
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.
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.
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.