Julia Shearn joined the Cardiff Counselling Service in 2002 having worked at the service previously as an associate counsellor. Julia's core approach is Humanistic. This way of working holds a hopeful view of human beings and their own capacity for positive growth. She recognises just how difficult it is for many people to come for counselling and believes whole heartedly in adapting her approach to meet the needs of the individual.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, Julia spent ten years conducting qualitative and quantitative research at UWCM, Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities-Applied Research Unit and her work has been published widely in academic journals. Her research involved exploring in-depth a range of issues faced by people with learning disabilities and their families in their daily lives. Since her appointment she has used her research skills to conduct research on the possible effects of depression on social functioning and has also carried an investigation of students’ perceptions of the Counselling Service and their experiences of student life at Cardiff University.
Julia works in the both the Student and Staff Counselling Service and also facilitates Stress Control - a stress management course.
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology - Cardiff University
M.Phil. The experience and meaning of work for mothers of children with learning disabilities (research thesis) - Cardiff University
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - CSCT
Certificate in Cognitive hypnotherapy - Centre for Postgraduate Studies