Judith Terry BSc (Hons), MSc, CPsychol
Hello and welcome to my practice.
My name is Judith Terry and I am an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist (British Psychological Society) registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I’ve been offering confidential counselling and psychotherapy for over 10 years. My practice is now based in Walton on Thames, Surrey.
I completed my first degree in Psychology in the 1980’s at Manchester University. After spending some years in business working in a marketing consultancy in London I then left to raise my young family. My love and passion for understanding the human condition never left me and over 15 years ago I went back to formal education to train in the applied field of Counselling Psychology. Based at Roehampton University, I completed an extensive postgraduate training programme to become a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. This required the completion of 2 postgraduate diplomas and a masters qualification over a 4 year period.
My clinical experience includes working with adults and young people across a range of health care settings. In the NHS I worked in an IAPT service offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to people in a primary care centre in New Malden. Later I joined a team of psychotherapists in a secondary care service run by Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust where I worked with individuals with more severe mental health problems who were offered longer term therapeutic support. I also have experience in working for a charity who provide low-cost counselling and psychotherapy for the local community and for HYCS, a counselling service for young people aged 11-25, based in the London Borough of Hounslow.
I continue to attend lectures and courses in areas of interest and keep informed of current developments in the field of psychotherapy. Some of the more recent areas of professional development have been in Mindfulness, CBT treatments for different anxiety disorders, PTSD, and a brief model of psychodynamic therapy for depression called Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). This model of therapy is currently being offered in some NHS services as an alternative treatment protocol to CBT. I also have an interest in Compassion Focused Therapy for working with people who experience self-criticism and shame and have further training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for trauma.
My training and experience enables me to offer both short term counselling or longer term psychotherapy, depending on what each person needs.
Short term counselling is generally from 12-20 weekly sessions and can be very helpful for people who want to focus on a specific problem or who just need some time to think about their difficulties in a non-judgemental and supportive environment so they can find the right way forward for themselves.
Longer term psychotherapy is again regular and weekly but tends to be more explorative enabling the client to gain greater self-awareness. Clients learn to recognise how they think about themselves in relationships with other people and understand where their particular patterns of relating with others come from and why they may have formed in the first place. This process of personal development opens up new ways of experiencing life, creating many beneficial changes.
I work with people who are struggling to cope with life’s challenges and who find that their distress is impairing day to day activities and personal relationships. Clients contact me when they feel that there is something “wrong” but are unable to make changes on their own. Often they are experiencing unpleasant emotions such as anxiety, anger, and sadness. That is where counselling and psychotherapy can help. I help my clients understand that what they are experiencing is not their “fault” which is a common misperception. Through engaging in this “talking therapy” my clients gain greater self-awareness and personal understanding. This leads to increased flexibility of thinking and behaviour; cultivating more adaptive ways of responding to stress and pain. The result is an improved sense of well-being and a more fulfilling life.
I believe it is important to recognise and respect the individuality of each client and having trained to use several different therapeutic approaches I am able to adapt to meet the particular needs and issues that you have. In my practice a therapeutic relationship is created where we work collaboratively together. It is from this position of feeling connected and understood that personal change can happen.
My therapeutic approach is relational integrative as it is informed from the theoretical ideas and research evidence of attachment theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, developmental psychology, neurobiology and mindfulness. I aim to create a warm, collaborative and trusting therapeutic relationship. My clients experience what it is like to tell their story in the presence of an attentive listener who is emotionally responsive and allows enough space to explore what is being discussed.
Respect and non-judgemental
Commitment and compassion
Transparency and trust
Competent and ethical
WHO I HELP:
Depression and unhappiness
Separation and divorce
Trauma & PTSD
Anxiety, panic and OCD
Bereavement and loss
Generalised anxiety disorder
Shame & self-criticism
Pain & chronic health issues
Perfectionism & over-achieving
Loneliness and isolation
My practice is conveniently located a short 5 minute walk from Walton on Thames train station and with easy access to parking if coming by car.
I offer in-person sessions from this location but can also offer online sessions or telephone appointments if required.
Counselling sessions for individuals cost £80.
Counselling sessions for insurance referrals cost £90.
I am recognised by the following private medical insurers:
Contact me to enquire about my current availability.
How do I get in contact?
You can contact me either by phone 07973 195936 or by email: [email protected]. I will then get back to you and we can have an initial consultation for about 15 minutes on the phone or via email (whatever you prefer) which I don’t charge for.
If you need to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours notice.
If you cancel after that I charge half the session fee.
How long does each session last?
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
How often do I need to come?
We will arrange to see each other weekly at the same time and day of the week. The length of therapy is something that we can discuss once we have begun working together.
I offer confidential counselling. Exceptions to confidentiality are very unusual. In these very rare circumstances every effort would be made to try to discuss this with you first but this may not be possible and depending on the situation I would probably make contact with your GP.
In such cases I would aim to let you know beforehand.