Dr Judy Harris
We all have times in our lives when events in the present or issues from our past overwhelm us: times when we struggle with relationships, pressures of work or the demands and expectations of other people; times when we feel ‘stuck’, filled with sadness, guilt, shame or loss. It isn’t always easy to talk to family members and friends especially when we feel depressed, find it hard to cope, and when we feel there is no hope or way out.
Through counselling, I can offer you a safe and confidential space to talk and be heard, where you can voice your concerns and hidden emotions with someone who is not part of your life and who will accept you, just as you are. You will have the freedom to focus on yourself and to speak openly without fear of criticism or judgment, and as the expert of ‘you’, you are in control of what you choose to share with me.
‘Being and Becoming‘
These are powerful words of Carl Rogers, who developed the person-centred approach of counselling: I hope you will find the courage to truly be yourself when we meet, being honest and real in all the pain and distress that you might be feeling. Taking this first difficult step is the beginning of the process to become the person you’re meant to be.
I am a calm, experienced listener and practitioner and I will work with you to explore your thoughts and feelings safely. I will support you to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance as you discover what it means to be truly you.
Training and Qualifications
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (University of Chichester)
- Training Workshops: Brief Therapy, Trauma, Sexuality, Art Therapy
- I have considerable experience of working with children, adolescents, young adults and families through educational establishments, most recently working with students at Worthing College.
- I have worked within the NHS, providing counselling for hospital staff, regarding both personal/ family issues and work-related stress.
- Much of my practice has focused around loss – of identity, through illness, retirement or redundancy; of family member or close friend, through tragic accident, illness and death, or partner/ children through separation or divorce.
- I have experience of working with emotional despair, suicidal ideation and the impact of suicide on families and friends (Samaritan training)
- I am currently specialising in couples and relationship therapy, working towards a Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education)
Fees and Availability
My fees range from £40 – £70 per fifty-minute session, depending on context, following an initial, free thirty-minute introductory session.
Counselling may be short-term (between 6 and 10 sessions) or open-ended: this will be discussed during the initial appointment and will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the process.
I am currently able to offer appointments between 8.30am and 8pm on Monday and Thursday and 8.30am to 1pm on Friday.
Contact me on 07964 808934 or counselling.withJude@gmail.com