The Counsel House

Counselling in Inverness and Strathspey

A welcoming, safe and confidential space to explore what’s on your mind.

Working together

Welcome to The Counsel House.

My name is Judith and I’m a counsellor working in private practice in Inverness and Strathspey and in a medical setting within the NHS Highland area.

Over the past 30 years I have worked with and supported people of all ages, from children and teenagers to adults, young and not so young, neurotypical and neurodivergent. I have been privileged to work with each of these people and recognise that the role of counsellor can be a humbling one, often with personal growth happening both sides of the coffee table.

The relationship between us is key to the work we will do and I offer a free initial phone call so that you can get a sense of whether I might be someone you would like to work with and I find out if what I can offer you is what you are looking for. After that if you decide you would like to go ahead with counselling we will arrange a time and place to meet for our first session and I will send you a copy of our Counselling Agreement. This is a short summary of how we will work and outlines boundaries - including the key area of confidentiality - that will ensure you are clear and comfortable with what we can expect from eachother.

I work using a person-centred approach and have tried to describe a little of what this looks like below.

A person-centred approach

“I am not what happened to me,

I am what I choose to become.”

- Carl Jung

Working in a person-centred way means that I will listen without judgment. I will work empathically with you to focus on whatever it is you feel is getting in the way of your wellbeing. I will be open and honest with you but when it comes to knowing what needs attention, you are the expert.

I will work with you to untangle what feels complicated and explore what is causing discomfort. I believe each of us has an innate sense of direction of growth towards our own 'best version' of ourselves and in our sessions I will work to offer you the conditions in which you might best identify this way forward for yourself.

Exploring your experiences, thoughts and feelings might seem daunting but the safety of the counselling relationship will ensure that whatever comes up for you is sensitively acknowledged and is offered adequate space so that you don’t feel overwhelmed or alone with difficult thoughts or feelings.


One to one adult or child counselling sessions £45 (concessions available for students)

I work face to face with adults and children on a one to one basis and sessions are 1 hour in length.

Having sessions weekly on the same day and at the same time supports consistency, however I am flexible and appreciate this may not always be possible.


“Judith is unafraid to be human and vulnerable. She is ‘real’ and intuitive and the space around her feels warm and very safe.” — Helen D

“Having come across one or two counsellors who had all the training and techniques but did not come across as ‘real’, I was sceptical... but Judith did not try to ‘fix’ me. She spoke about loss being a hole that cannot be filled, though life grows around it … and that enabled me to carry on.”

“I was overwhelmed by problems, struggling to carry out everyday tasks. Judith’s counselling gave me a place to explore my feelings and emotions and helped me deal with my stresses and anxiety about the future.”

Frequently asked questions

I need help urgently - what can I do?

If you need help or advice urgently please call your GP or ring 999. The following links may also help you with some advice and immediate support:

*Please note I do not accept any responsibility for any information provided on external websites.

Is there any benefit in talking to a counsellor rather than friends and family?

Speaking to friends and family and making use of your own support systems can without doubt, be beneficial and supportive.

However there may at times be things that you do not feel comfortable sharing or discussing openly with those you are close to, perhaps for fear of being judged or of upsetting or worrying them. Friends and family members have an emotional attachment to you and may struggle to see things objectively or may be faced with conflicts of loyalty and feel unable to keep what you have discussed confidential.

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist I receive ongoing formal support through my own supervision and have also been trained to listen objectively and without judgement.

What are your credentials and how do I know that the therapy I'll receive from yourself will be safe and of a good quality?

In addition to my degree and post-graduate qualifications, I hold a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) and a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. I hold the Diploma in working with Children and Young People and have gained the Temenos Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Counselling.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that I have met or exceeded their standards and expectations for training and have committed to undertake steps to ensure that my practice remains safe, of good quality and is up to date.

These steps include a commitment to undertaking monthly supervision with an experienced Supervising Counsellor, a commitment to undertaking further training each year to deepen my knowledge and understanding and most importantly a commitment to follow their Code of Ethics.

Further details on this can be found on the BACP website.

Who do you work with?

I provide one to one therapy for children, young people and adults. I do not currently offer Couples Therapy or Family Therapy.

What needs or concerns can you support me with?

Many people seek help who are experiencing anxiety, low mood or depression. Others may feel overwhelmed or ‘stuck’ in life and others may have very specific reasons such as bereavement or experience of Trauma.

I am able to offer therapy for a wide range of needs and concerns however if I feel that your area of need falls outside my scope of practice or that you might receive more specialist support via other means, I will advise you of this and can guide you towards identifying alternative avenues of support.

Are our sessions private and confidential?

Information discussed in the course of us working together is treated with respect and is confidential.

There are a small number of exceptions where I may have to break confidentiality:

  • If I am concerned for your safety or the safety of those around you. Wherever possible, I would discuss this with you beforehand.
  • There are legal limits to confidentiality around disclosure of committing or intent to commit criminal offences, such as prevention of terrorism, drug trafficking acts, money laundering and child protection acts.
  • If I am summoned by a Court of Law, I may need to answer questions about you, as my client.

A requirement of registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is that counsellors attend supervision to discuss client work on a monthly basis. This is to monitor my work and promote best practice. Any client material discussed will be anonymised and my supervisor is also bound by the same Code of Ethics as I am.

If you have any concerns or questions around this, we can these discuss within our therapy sessions.

How often would we need to meet?

In my experience, weekly sessions work best for developing our working relationship and with keeping up the momentum. However, fortnightly sessions are also possible and in some instances we may start off meeting weekly and then agree to move to fortnightly sessions.

What happens if I want to stop therapy sessions?

If you would like to stop therapy sessions at any point, then that of course is your choice. You are not tied into completing a set number of sessions.

My preference would be that when you are thinking of stopping therapy you let me know and we have a final 'ending' session together to ensure that we end in a planned and safe way.

I have a disability - what accommodations can you make to support me?

Please let me know at the time of enquiry if you have a disability or support need that you would like me to make accommodations for. I will do what I can to accommodate your needs.

Get in touch with

The Counsel House

Please use the form opposite to contact me with any queries, or send an email to Alternatively you can leave a voicemail or text on my phone 07498 930296.

I aim to get back to all enquiries within 48 hours.

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