People are just as wonderful as sunsets, if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying ‘soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try and control the sunset; I watch in awe as it unfolds.
- Carl Rogers, founder of person-centred therapy
Hi, I’m Jude,
The Rutland Counsellor.
I’m a qualified person-centred counsellor, a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I have spent the last twenty years helping and supporting people from all walks of life, who have experienced all sorts of traumas, difficulties and challenges. I’ve come across enough of what life can throw at you, both personally and professionally, to be able to offer you an empathic space in which you can tell your story. That said, it doesn’t make me the expert in your life - you are.
But what does ‘I’m a person-centred counsellor’ actually mean?
It means I won’t set the agenda, give you advice or tell you what to do. I believe you already hold the answers within you to be able to live the life you want. Got an emotional mountain to climb? I will be right there, climbing it with you, as if it were my mountain too. Along the way I might point out the occasional foothold you may not have seen, to help you get to the top. They say the mind is your greatest muscle and in many ways counselling sessions are like a gym for the mind, it’s not always easy but worth it in the end.
All counselling journeys start with a pre-therapy assessment, it’s a two-way thing, a chance to ask me questions and find out whether my approach is the right one for you. I’m looking forward to meeting you.
Here at The Rutland Counsellor, our therapeutic goal is to make counselling less scary and not something that’s reserved for a crisis (though we do that too). We believe that emotional wellness is a maintenance thing, think of it as a work-out for your mind. We pride ourselves on our fresh, unstuffy, contemporary and flexible approach to counselling. We believe counselling should fit into your lifestyle however it works best for you. Just do what you can - it’s up to you – short or long-term, little and often, or once a month or so, you choose.
If you’re on this page you’ve taken the first and most difficult step. You're now on the way to emotional wellness and living the life you want. Counselling can form part of that journey. But what is counselling? - put simply, in a nutshell, counselling is talking about your feelings – that’s it. It’s about a counsellor coming alongside you to help you feel less troubled by the stuff that keeps you awake at night. Empowering you to restore balance to your life.
We believe that your surroundings can impact how you feel. At The Rutland Counsellor we have created thoughtful spaces to enhance your therapeutic experience. The Listening Space evokes a retreat-like feel, an informal welcoming space for you to come and be, just as you are. Whilst we can’t take credit for the beauty of Rutland Water, our Open Space therapy, helps you engage with the natural world and harness nature’s potential to transform how you feel. < See our Spaces >
At the Rutland Counsellor we are committed to providing you with absolutely the best therapeutic experience possible.
Quality & Excellence
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists we are bound by their Ethical Framework. This means upholding professional standards, boundaries and confidentiality as well as treating your information and data lawfully. We have a clinical supervisor to maintain excellent practice, as well as professional liability insurance and a current DBS certificate.
Growth & Self-care
Ours and yours. Because we believe that we should practice what we preach, we practice self-care too so that we are able to the best of ourselves to you. We undertake regular Professional Development so we can enhance what we do, and keep up with what’s new, we’re evolving.
Qualifications & Experience
Jude, The Rutland Counsellor holds a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, is an Accredited Police Service Listener and a Restorative Justice Practitioner. Jude has worked supporting, mentoring, and counselling people in a wide variety of roles and organisations over the last twenty years. Jude can work with most presenting issues, having worked with young people in colleges, within the police service providing emotional support to victims of crime, in private practice and counselling male residents in prison presenting with a range of diverse and complex issues.
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Stuff you need to know
The Rutland Counsellor is committed to your health and wellbeing and treats it as a priority. We have completed a thorough risk assessment on all aspects of how we operate. The Rutland Counsellor is Covid-19 compliant, and able to maintain social distancing within The Listening Space. In addition, we offer bottled water, hand sanitiser, wipes and masks, as well as contactless payment options. Of course, if either of us or any of the people we live with have symptoms of Covid-19, we'll ask that you stay at home.
The Rutland Counsellor will hold a space just for you. However, we know that sometimes it will be necessary to cancel your appointment. If this happens, just let us know a minimum of 48 hours beforehand. If you cancel your appointment within 48 hours, your full fee becomes payable. We'll send you a payment link.