Judy James

CT Podcast Ep 152 featured image - Topics Discussed: How different theories view mental health; Adding CBT skills to your toolbox; Applying Winnicott’s attachment theory in counselling

Judy James

Emotion Focus
Royal Exchange, Old Bank Street, Manchester M2 7PE
Tel 07752 456691

I am passionate about creating lasting change through the focus on emotion; I help people to perceive, identify and make meaning of their emotional experiences and use wisely the data that emotion provides to maintain positive mental health and well-being.

The majority of my working life has been in public service, the emergency services to be precise.

I have never been comfortable in desk jobs and 9 to 5 hours, so working in a variety of roles for the police suited me well, as did my first career as an officer in the Fire Service.

Latterly I became a Trainer and Independent Consultant to the Emergency Services and Communications Industry.

It was never my intention to become a counsellor. I studied Person Centred Counselling because, as a trainer, I had always been fascinated by experiential learning and I was particularly interested in the work of Carl Rogers and his later-life work on 'Freedom to Learn'.

I trained to Graduate Diploma level in counselling and also qualified as an Executive Coach.

It was very early on in private practice in 2013 that I was introduced to the Emotion Focused Therapies (for couples and individuals) and I was bowled over by their potential and efficacy in facilitating change; the rest is history as they say.

Today I would describe myself as a Therapeutic Coach or Integrative Coach-Therapist; in lay terms that simply means helping people to identify goals and supporting them to realise their aspirations; these can be, for example, work or life improvement, emotional intelligence, conflict management and relationship development.

I do this by guiding clients through a process of non-directive coaching or therapy or a seamless integration of both. The process consulting aspects of Emotion Focused Therapies have always felt a good fit.

My practice is based in Manchester City Centre and I also work part-time in the Cheshire towns of Warrington and Wilmslow.

I am privileged to work with people from all walks of life, from different backgrounds and cultures, and with individuals, couples and teams.

I value commitment, authenticity, diversity and responsibility, in particular corporate and social responsibility.

Voluntarily I devote spare time to raising awareness of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and in my home town I lead the 'Warrington ACE Project', a grass-roots initiative that has recently become a multi-agency collaboration.

I am co-founder and co-ordinator of the Manchester EFT group, a CPD forum for practitioners of Emotion Focused Therapy.

I also enjoy travelling to different parts of the UK to deliver sessions on 'Working with Emotion in Coaching' for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, helping their premium organisations to raise productivity and performance through increased emotional intelligence.