Why Therapy?

Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict at some time in their lives and deciding that the challenges and frustrations that you may be facing are more than you can handle alone can often be difficult and interwoven with questions and anxieties.

​​There is a growing body of evidence to demonstrate the mutual influence between emotions and physical functioning.  For example, emotional stress can lead to headaches, stomach ache or even chronic pain.  Studies have found that the more anxious and stressed we become, the more tense and constricted our muscles become over time, causing them to become fatigued and inefficient.  Often, physical pain functions to warn us that there is still emotional work to be done. 


Therapy is a safe and confidential space to gain some clarity, to reflect on who you are, your relationships with others and to experience empathy, understanding, acceptance and encouragement.   I will work with you to forge a strong collaborative relationship in order that we create a secure environment together. I work phenomenologically, which simply means that I am seeking to understand your subjective and perceptual experience in order that we can find a way forward.  I have a strong belief in the possibility that everybody has the potential for growth and change.

I believe that therapy should be driven by individual experience. Each and every person has a different internal world and will react accordingly. so therefore I do not follow a 'one size fits all' approach. The interpersonal problems of the client will often manifest in the therapeutic relationship allowing for understanding. and growth.  The world of therapy has changed from the distant and emotionally removed therapist to empathy and mutual humanity beyond that of the detached professional. After all, the reality is that we are all in this together and nobody is immune from the challenges of human existence. ​​

​Julie Shannon

​UKCP Registered

Clinical Psychotherapist

​MA ADEP Dip Add Couns 



I have worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years and am a fully qualified and registered member of the UKCP.  I offer psychotherapy and supervision via face to face, Skype, telephone or email.  

Over the course of my career, I have worked across the NHS, private and third sectors with clients who are struggling with a variety of problems on both a one to one and group-work basis.

I undertook over five years of study in order to practice as a UKCP registered psychotherapist and I continue to attend specialist workshops and master classes to ensure that I maintain delivery of best clinical practice.

My specialist areas of interest include:

  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • ​Compulsive eating
  • ​Relationship difficulties
  • Domestic/Emotional Abuse
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Low self-esteem, confidence
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Depression, sadness and emptiness
  • Anxiety/Inability to cope or concentrate


Tel: 07970 914960

UKCP Registration Number 2011163429

Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.

Viktor Frankl


  • ​MA Psychotherapy and Counselling Regents University
  • Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy

    Regents University

  • Diploma in Addictions Counselling University of Kent