​​​​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.


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@julieshannonpsychotherapist.co.uk 

Tel: 07970 914960

UKCP Registration Number 2011163429

​​​Experience


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:


  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic/Emotional Abuse
  • ​Body Image
  • ​Relationship difficulties
  • Compulsive Eating
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Low self-esteem, confidence
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • ​Workplace bullying

Qualifications


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

    Regents University

  • Diploma in Addictions Counselling University of Kent

Testimonials

​​Julie Shannon

​​Counselling and Psychotherapy

​UKCP Registered Clinical Psychotherapist

​​MA ADEP Dip Add Couns 


Professional Registration

"When I first met Julie I was struck by how safe and comfortable I felt with her so quickly. She made me feel absolutely secure and I experienced a deep connection with her, this made it very easy to be honest and open with her. 

I had experienced a traumatic event 16 years ago which had left me with a tic. I had 10 sessions of therapy with Julie and experienced closure from the past which was such a relief and changed my life for the better in so many ways, but a completely unexpected result was that the tic also stopped and has never returned.  I never went about the tic but what a powerful byproduct to lose it and testament to the power of talking therapy.


I would, and do highly recommend Julie to anyone looking to heal, transform, restore or change their life for the better".   

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

Viktor Frankl

It requires an initial 5 years psychotherapy training to be able to register with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) who are the leading organisation for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK.  


The UKCP exist to promote and maintain high standards of practice of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling for the benefit of the public throughout the United Kingdom. The UKCP is accredited  by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The UKCP also ensure that psychotherapists continue to attend training and professional development workshops to keep skills and practice updated.