Julia Nelson

Counselling & Psychotherapy · North Wales

07545 539735

About me

Julia Nelson

My name is Julia Nelson. I am a qualified, registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist who is passionate about supporting people.

I provide counselling and psychotherapy sessions to individuals, couples and groups over the age of 12 throughout North Wales.

About my practice

The services I offer are carried out in a dedicated counselling room on private premises in Colwyn Bay, suitable rooms in community buildings and businesses in the supporting and caring profession across North Wales, and if appropriate in your home.

Sessions are available between 8.00am and 8.00pm Monday - Sunday.

Julia Nelson

Providing counselling and psychotherapy sessions to individuals, couples and groups in the North Wales area.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered: Member Number 085604

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need Counselling?

    The short answer is, only you can decide. Clients come to Counselling for all sorts of reasons e.g.

    • Experiencing difficult times at home, work, school or with friends
    • Wanting to know themselves better
    • Feeling uncertain of what’s wrong and feeling out of sorts
    • Seeking personal development
    • Feelings of loneliness and darkness
    • looking for ways to make effective changes and improvements in their life and wellbeing

    Perhaps none, some or even all of the above might be reasons why you think or feel you might need Counselling? A more helpful question to ask yourself might be “What might I get from Counselling?”

  • What kind of issues can be dealt with in our Sessions.

    I am happy to work with you on any issue you feel you want to bring to your session. If I feel that I do not have the experience to support you effectively then I will discuss this with you. Clients bring all sorts of topics to therapy sessions but your counselling session is all about you and it’s up to you what you bring and how you choose to share it, working at your own pace. These are some of the issues that Counselling can help you to address:

    • Anger
    • Anxiety
    • Addiction
    • Bereavement
    • Building Confidence
    • Change
    • Decision Making
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotions
    • General feelings of dissatisfaction
    • Guilt
    • Identity
    • Illness
    • Insomnia
    • Life Events
    • Loss
    • Low Self Esteem
    • Patterns of Behaviour
    • Personal Growth
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Self Harm
    • Sexual abuse
    • Shame
    • Sexuality
    • Stress
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Terminal Illness
    • Trauma
    • Wellbeing
    • Work
  • What happens in the first session?

    The first session is an opportunity for you and I to explore what has essentially brought you to counselling. It also involves a discussion about what I can offer you and what the counselling relationship involves. If we agree to work together, then we will decide together what you want to get out of counselling and how we can best achieve that.

  • Are sessions on the same day and time every week/month?

    Days and times of sessions are flexible.

  • How long do sessions last?

    Sessions are scheduled for 60 or 90 minutes dependent on your needs.

  • How often will I see my Counsellor?

    I offer weekly, monthly and yearly sessions dependent on your needs and reason for seeking Counselling.

  • How many sessions will I need?

    It usually takes time to explore and work with the topics you bring and so the number of sessions required varies with every client. Some clients have short term therapy between 6 - 12 sessions, others have long term therapy between 6 months - 2 years. Some clients, perhaps seeking a safe place to remember a difficult time or loved one, choose to have just one session a year. Ultimately it is a flexible timescale and something that we will discuss at the first session and revisit at appropriate times during our work together.

  • How is Counselling different to talking to friends and family?

    Counselling is not intended to replace talking about thoughts and feelings with friends and family.

    Family and Friends can be a positive support network, although this is not the case for everyone and sometimes it’s friends and family who may be the source of discomfort. Even when family and friends are supportive, they are emotionally attached and generally have their own ideas and input about how you should tackle the events and emotions you experience in life. It can be difficult for them to take a non judgemental approach towards the things you choose to share with them and their own opinions and ideas can sometimes cloud your own sense of being. The advice they often offer can be overwhelming - all these things can get in the way of you understanding how you really feel and what you need and want.

    A good Counsellor/Psychotherapist will build a professional relationship with you that helps you with the topic(s) you bring and support you whilst you explore and identify the right course of action for yourself. They will help you focus on your own thoughts and feelings without judgement by building trust and mutual respect. They will support you in a way that enables you to take ownership of your thoughts and feelings and your ability to find the right solutions for yourself. A counsellor will facilitate you in finding a way of living that enables you to live your life more fully.

  • How confidential is your service?

    I am bound by the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists Ethical Code which means I practice in a way that enables the sessions to be confidential, although the confidentiality does have limits. I will discuss this with you at the beginning of your first session where we will agree the limits of confidentiality. In the meantime, if you wish to know more head over to the BACP website for further information.

  • How long will it take before I feel better or find resolution?

    It’s difficult to say, and it is likely you will feel worse before you feel better.

    Every client is unique. Some find that they are so anxious leading up to the first session that when they finally get here they feel a huge sense of relief once it’s over. Some find a lighter sense of relief in being able to share things in a safe environment, but anxious about what may lie ahead. Most people however, begin to notice positive changes in how they feel, think and behave after a small number of sessions and this often gives them the confidence and drive to tackle things in more depth with future sessions. Some clients who bring complex and deep rooted topics to explore can take a little longer before they start to feel improvements.

    Counselling usually involves talking about painful and difficult emotions and whilst this can leave you feeling vulnerable at times it is a normal part of the counselling process. If you are not given the opportunity to express and explore these emotions, it can be challenging to resolve or move on. It is my job as a good Counsellor to do my very best to support you in this process and in taking care of yourself.

  • How do I choose the right Counsellor?

    I believe your relationship with your Counsellor is the foundation to the success of the experience you share with them. It is a relationship that should be built on trust, with clear boundaries and offer mutual respect. Choosing a Counsellor who you feel comfortable with and who you feel you can talk to makes sense.

    Choosing a Counsellor can be a bit like finding good footwear. Really, stick with me on this…

    You might see some shoes you like but when you try them on they don't fit and so you look for something different. Sometimes you can wear a pair of shoes for a short time and gradually they become more comfortable and may even end up being your “old faithfuls”.

    If you’re really lucky then your new shoes fit and you feel comfortable in them from day one.

    When you’ve found the right pair you might choose to wear them until you can’t walk any further in them and you have to go bare foot or invest in a new pair. Alternatively you might put them in the cupboard and bring them out when you need something safe and familiar that you know fits you well.

    Ok, so maybe my analogy isn’t quite perfect, but then neither am I. My point is simply that choosing a Counsellor is personal to you. Consider what’s important to you. It might take a couple of sessions if you’re unsure but ultimately you will know if the Counsellor is the right one for you.

  • What if I don’t think my Counsellor is the right one for me?

    If you think or feel that the relationship with your Counsellor isn’t working I would recommend that first you try to discuss this with them in your session and ask for a referral if necessary. A responsible and ethical Counsellor will be happy to talk this through with you. You may even find talking it through breaks down barriers and builds the foundations of a good relationship with the Counsellor - it’s up to you to decide how much you want to share about the reasons why you might not wish to pursue the relationship with them.

Pricing

First Session

Students / Concessions £5
Adults £15
Couples £25
Payment taken on the day

Second Session Onward

60 mins. 90 mins.
Students / Concessions £15 £20
Adults £25 £30
Couples £35 £40
Payment in advance at previous session

Payments can currently be made by cash, check or bank transfer. Other payment options coming soon

Contact

If you would like to make an appointment or find out more you can contact me in the following ways:

 

Telephone: 07545 539735

You can contact me through any of the following ways:

 

Twitter: @julianelsoncps

Further Information

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is a professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy with over 40,000 members and works toward a better standard of therapeutic practice. There is lots of information you can access here as a non member to search for a Counsellor and find out more about Counselling & Psychotherapy Services