Julia PerkinsIntegrative psychotherapist
Relationship not what you would like it to be? Are you a Couple in crisis or an Individual struggling with your relationship/s? Want to talk? My name is Julia and I am a RELATE-trained Relationship Specialist and would like to help. I have a Relate Accredited Professional Practitioner Diploma Qualification in Relationship Counselling, and currently work for Relate as well as running my own private practice. (For anyone not familiar with Relate, they are the UK’s largest Counselling organisation, and recognised specialists in Relationship Counselling.) I have a strong client service record of helping with relational issues experienced by couples, siblings, parent-child, friends, step/blended families, etc.
In Relationship therapy it is important to recognise that we all evolve as people and that relationships are fluid and change over time. Resentments can build and counselling opens up a supportive space in which to explore unresolved issues before they become any bigger. So, think about taking that step today to seek help from a trained professional as you may find it very beneficial.
And if things have gone further and you need help to negotiate your way through family/friend conflict or a couple 'break', separation or divorce, please also get in touch. I am experienced too with helping process the emotions of grief and loss due to bereavement.
I also offer individual sessions for Adults and Teens/Young Adults. I am friendly, genuine and approachable, kind, won’t judge or interrupt, will REALLY listen, be empathetic, respectful and try and help you find a way to cope better with whatever may be challenging or troubling you. My aim is to demystify the counselling process and have a ‘caring conversation’ with you.
Maybe you as an individual, or a couple, are feeling a little ‘lost’, unheard, worried, upset, frustrated, angry, confused, sad, lonely, misunderstood, anxious, depressed, isolated, or just not like your old self/the way you used to be, or the person/couple you would ideally like to be?
Or perhaps you just feel like talking with someone in confidence; exploring thoughts and feelings in a safe and comfortable space, or would like help to work towards specific behaviour change or a resolution of a situation?
Let today be the moment you start to make positive changes in your relationships and your life.
I am a registered, insured, qualified and experienced Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor. Being Integrative means I am trained in a variety of different therapeutic approaches enabling me to find something that will work best for you.
We are all unique individuals and I strongly feel that no ‘one approach fits all’. Rest assured I will always work together with you; aiming to build a warm, genuine and trusting relational therapeutic connection as the foundation to finding helpful ways forward that lead to insight, increased awareness and positive change.
I am aware that there are hundreds of websites out there offering counselling services and it may be overwhelming at times to choose, but my firm belief is that, for the therapeutic experience to be positive, it is of utmost importance that the Counsellor be able to combine competence and professionalism with warmth. Finding the right Counsellor is often the key to successful therapy.
If seeking help with Relationships, it can be considered especially beneficial to work with someone specifically trained in relationship therapy as the focus and process are different. With individual work, the concentration is very much on personal in-depth reflection and possibly on behaviour change too. Whereas with Relationships, individual life experiences and backgrounds are considered too; but it is more about the differences in these and the influence and impact of this on the Relationship and working on the way each communicate, behave and relate to the other.
It is not about placing blame but about working towards acknowledging and exploring both perspectives, helping to identify negative behaviour patterns, gain insight and understanding and find a more positive way forward. Usually the work is more goal-orientated, solution-focused and shorter term than individual therapy. However, sometimes additional issues will present during the counselling process and then these can be explored too.
Please make initial contact with me and I will respond within 24 hours and arrange to have a free no obligation 15 minute online Zoom or phone conversation to briefly discuss your needs, and assess the best way forward to help you.
This means that before committing to any further sessions, you will be able to ask me any questions you have. This will be a relaxed and friendly conversation, giving us an opportunity to see if we feel comfortable talking together as being able to build a trusting counselling relationship is very important for positive therapeutic outcome.
If you decide you would like to go ahead, we will agree a day and time to begin ongoing sessions, and decide if these will be face-to-face, online via Zoom or phone. If you have any questions about these ways of having counselling, please just ask.
Sessions are usually weekly, especially in short term therapy or in the initial stages of long-term work. However, fortnightly is sometimes considered appropriate too depending on need, so please feel free to discuss this with me. Flexible session times/days are available for convenience.
Going forward, I also offer less frequent catch-up/refresher sessions for some Clients once an initial course of therapy has been undertaken. This can be helpful for those that feel they would benefit from being able to still ‘touch base’ again on an occasional basis. I believe in adopting a flexible approach that meets the needs of the Client.
My own life journey thus far has included living on 3 continents during various life stages and experiencing a diverse variety of people and situations which have led me to where I am now. I fully appreciate how daunting it can be to seek counselling but sometimes in life we all need a little help.
I invite you to please contact me with any questions and I will be happy to get back to you.
"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip-toe if you must, but take the step."
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Flexible session times available.
I am a Relate Trained Relationship Specialist and offer Couples Counselling
at £85 per 50 minute session.
Individual Therapy is charged at £60 per 50 minute session.
Free Initial Contact Enquiry-15 min online Zoom or phone call.
Concessions/reduced fees offered for unemployed, low earners, students and trainee counsellors -I am a firm believer that low income should not prevent being able to access counselling services so I have a certain number of sessions set aside for these-please enquire about session availability and negotiable rates.
I offer face to face sessions in Kingston Upon Thames and Richmond and also work online via the Zoom platform or via phone. This means that I am now able to offer my services nationwide, abroad, and at more flexible times. I have undertaken additional training in working 'remotely' and am very experienced in counselling this way.
If an online approach interests you, but you're not sure if it will work for you, I'm very happy to have an initial free Zoom conversation to discuss your needs and you can assess how the format feels.
Training and qualifications
Integrative Psychotherapist Counsellor for Individuals
Relate Trained Couples Relational Counsellor
Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
(Registration Number 389220)
BA (Hons) Degree
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Accredited)
Relate L5 Relationship Counselling Diploma (Professional Practitioner Qualification - CPCAB Accredited)
L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB Accredited)
Counselling Online (Open University)
Webcam Counselling (Relate)
Phone Counselling (Relate)
Mental Health Awareness for Couples Counselling
Solution Focused Couples Counselling
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Counselling with a Sexual Focus
Safeguarding and Risk Management
Domestic Abuse Awareness
Interpersonal Trauma and Abuse
Play Therapy and Counselling
L2 Effective Listening Skills (CPBAB Accredited)
Suicidal Risk and Support
Suicidal Prevention and First Aid
Bereavement and Loss
Introduction to Acceptance and Change Models
Strategic Life Coaching
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
Client Assessment and Triage
Full Professional Insurance
Enhanced DBS Clearance