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Karen – qualified counsellor. Diploma in therapeutic counselling.

Member of the NCS

Hello I would like to introduce myself and give you some background. I  qualified in 1985 as an aestheticienne then in 1986 in aromatherapy. I  had my own practice and believe in the value of the alternative therapy approach. When I had my children, I took a break. This then took me in a new direction, I studied to gain qualifications  in supporting young people through various issues within school and personal life.

I started work in a primary school moving on to a secondary school where I  worked for over 14 years; supporting students to year 11, some of whom had learning difficulties and disabilities. This included helping them over come barriers to learning which often means working closely with them on personal issues which affected their ability to work in school, this has included things such as anger management, self harm, improving self esteem, anxiety, bereavement etc. As a learning mentor I  helped run the online counselling service offered by relate as well as seeing students on a weekly 1-1 basis to discuss their issues and progress. I worked closely with the educational psychologist and ran small groups focusing on feelings and anxiety.

Through helping students with difficult events in their lives I then decided I  wanted to train as a counsellor.  I have since volunteered for a charity that offers counselling to adults often with complex needs, who couldn’t otherwise access counselling due to low income.

The issues have been varied such as addictions, anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse, and bereavement.

I then trained with cruse bereavement and worked with some clients from their waiting list on a voluntary basis. Further training has been with the foundation for Infant Loss.infant loss logo[5009]

I run my own private practice offering 1-1 counselling for individuals, couples, young people as well as working with groups. I have developed and run a Loss & Bereavement group in conjunction with Oakwood Surgery Practice Practice Health Champions, who secured funding from the big Lottery fund. A group for anxiety usually runs @ LS26 

Further to counselling i also offer supervision for professionals

My supervision training was at the Manchester institute of psychotherapy.

The supervision style is based on the seven- eyed supervision process model (Peter Hawkins and Robin Shoet)

Supervision provides a space to explore and reflect not just upon the client work or dynamic but also to examine how it challenges you as an individual, being open to that challenge is where the growth happens.

I work with individuals who are person centred and integrative, newly qualified, in-training or in need of a change of supervisor. Please call for more information.


  • Diploma in therapeutic counselling
  • Working with Special Needs ie Autism, ADHD, Learning difficulties & emotional issues.
  • Learning mentor
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care with Cruse Bereavement
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss
  • Safeguarding
  • Aromatherapy

I am also:

  • DBS checked
  • A Member of the NCS and adhere to their ethical framework, which means she has regular supervision and attends professional development courses.
  • Insured

I have experience of

  • Running social & emotional groups for, self-esteem and general support groups to help overcome fear & anxiety, gain confidence and deal with emotions and other issues.
  • Working along side an educational psychologist to deliver CBT to individuals and groups.
  • Voluntary counselling at a charitable organisation, for over 2 years, working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse relationship problems, bereavement and much more.
  • Voluntary work with Cruse Bereavement
  • Private Practice
  • Practicing Aromatherapy massage and the use of oils

Further Training

  • Laughter therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • FEAR model for anxiety
  • Cruse bereavement
  • GamCare-supporting people with gambling addiction
  • Couples counselling
  • Supervision-seven eyed model
  • Rewind therapy – specifically dealing with trauma, PTSD & phobia
  • Transactional Analysis 101
  • A place for forgiveness
  • Working creatively in counselling

Julie Brocklehurst BSC Therapeutic Counselling Registered Member BACP

My name is Julie I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor with a BSC in Therapeutic Counselling. I am also a Registered Member of BACP and adhere to all is ethical values. I have regular supervision to ensure the quality of my work with you and I am fully insured.

I work in the Wakefield area. Together with Karen we run groups

My experience

I have experience of counselling adults who have suffered with issues such as; bereavement, loss of any kind, lack of confidence, relationship issues, depression, stress & anxiety, low self-esteem, work related stress, abuse, parenting issues, life changes.

I am passionate about supporting young people and making a difference to their lives. I have had a vast amount of experience working in Secondary Education for over 20 years. I have worked as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and as a qualified Mentor. I have supported many young people and families with Social, Emotional & Mental Health issues such as self-harm, anxiety, self- esteem, bereavement, anger management, bullying, family issues, and exam stress also working alongside CAMHS 1-1 & in group work.

My methods of working with young people may vary and I will use a variety of creative resources in order to allow self-expression and easier understanding of certain concepts. I will work with young people from 10 years and above.

I work Monday to Saturday, please contact me to discuss your needs, I look forward to hearing from you.

Phone 07954035221           E-mail

Qualifications & Training

BSC Therapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Person Centred Counselling

Qualified Mentor

Enhanced CRB Certificate

Safeguarding Training

Training with CAMHS Young People

YMHFA (Youth Mental Health First Aid)

CRUSE Bereavement

The Place of Forgiveness in Therapy

Working creatively with clients

Everyone welcome, groups and 1-1 sessions available.

Locations. LS26 near to Rothwell & Wakefield, close to motorway, on bus routes with free parking and LS7 Scott Hall Road, close to Leeds centre, good bus routes with free parking.

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