Who can benefit from counselling?

Counselling can be an effective treatment for a range of different problems, including:

  • Sadness and depression.
  • Anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Anger or difficulty resolving conflicts.
  • Attachment.
  • Family or relationship problems.
  • Lack of confidence or low self-esteem.
  • Loss or bereavement.
  • Living with illness or injury.
  • Coping with trauma or abuse – current and historic.
  • Sexuality/ gender issues.
  • Physical abuse.
  • Difficulties at work.
  • Childhood emotional neglect.
  • Life difficulties.
  • Seeking to understand yourself or your life better.
  • Self-harm.
  • Women’s issues.
  • Feeling overwhelmed.

I offer counselling for all the above and I have a special interest in counselling clients and their families living with cancer, life limiting conditions, life changing injuries, chronic pain or trauma which is enhanced by my dental background and experience.

Julie Gawne BDS (Lond) MBACP

'I have been privileged in having the opportunity to form trusting, respectful and long-term relationships with many clients.'

Before I changed vocation to become a counsellor, I was NHS dentist for 30 years in family practices and urgent care dentistry.

I have been privileged in having the opportunity to form trusting, respectful and long-term relationships with many clients during this time, often seeing and treating people when they are at their most vulnerable and frightened.

The learning I have taken from this is that while physical pain can be seen and treated, emotional pain can be harder to recognise and can be left unnoticed. I have learned how listening to someone with complete care, respect and attention helps me recognise signs that are not always easy to see.

Training, qualifications and experience

Advanced diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling.

Diploma in integrative therapeutic counselling.

Certificate in couples counselling.

Certificate for on-line and telephone counselling.

I have specialist training and experience in trauma, grief and bereavement, chronic illness, safeguarding, domestic abuse survivors and carers.

I have training and experience working with couples offering couples counselling. 

I have worked as a School Counsellor in both primary and secondary schools.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS).

I am committed to my continuing professional development to expand and update my knowledge and undertake training on a regular basis.

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice. The code of ethics is available on their website (www.bacp.co.uk). My practice is regularly monitored by Supervision, in adherence with this.

I hold an enhanced DBS check. I hold public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

I am also registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.