Me - About Juliette Medder
Most people say I am easy to talk to and that they quickly feel comfortable with me, that I am open-minded and non-judgemental. I see being a counsellor as a way of accompanying people as they travel through their inner landscapes, so my intention is to offer a down-to-earth and friendly approach but also be compassionately challenging if looked-for.
Having had to personally navigate some tricky landscapes myself, and having been extremely lucky to have found great counsellors, I feel utterly convinced by just how much, good counselling can really make a difference.
All my life, I have been interested and touched by the reasons we do the things we do; and currently, I feel deeply moved by the process of working alongside people who are seeking greater clarity or peace of mind, or actually searching for the route to be free to realise their true potential.
"Juliette held and supported me through my deepest pain and shame." M. J
In a bit more detail .....
My working life began in publishing, followed by teaching English in France but as the years passed, it gradually became clear that my work/life/mental health balance was increasingly out of kilter and I ended up taking some time off work to sort myself out. In order to redress the balance, I took up sculpting and then on returning to the UK, I rekindled an earlier passion for dance and painting, all of which contributed to my journey back to robust health and well-being.
Along the way, I realised that I was increasingly being drawn to working with human beings and from then on, my job focus was around helping, guiding, supporting and caring.
As a result, I have a wealth of experience of working with people (some very troubled, some very vulnerable) from a variety of client groups, including:
running a psychotherapeutic drawing class with recovering addicts at Channings Wood prison, assisting people recovering from strokes, caring for a woman with multiple sclerosis and working alongside brain-damaged people in a therapeutic gardening environment.
On my return to the UK, my intention had been to continue to pursue my artistic career seriously, but my way of being and seeing life had been so deeply informed by my experiences that I decided to retrain as a counsellor.
I continue to sculpt and dance and paint as a counterbalance to counselling; I also regularly escape into the fiction world of novels and love to walk and cycle in the Devon countryside. These artistic and outdoor pursuits nurture and inspire me and keep me grounded and light of heart.
Qualifications and Professional Membership:
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
- Diploma in CBT (Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy)
- Certificate in Sexual Abuse Awareness
- Foundation Certificate in Art Therapy
- Certificate in Sand Tray
- Certificate in Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery
- Certificate in Child Sexual Abuse
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) working within their ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
"Somehow you make people want to open up and talk!" T.D