Julia is a leading UK psychotherapist. At St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, she established the post of psychotherapist for paediatrics, where her role for 25 years involved seeing families who have children or babies who die, and where she trained and supported the staff.
In 1994 she worked to help launch and establish The Child Bereavement UK. As the founder patron, she was involved in many aspects of the charity’s work, having a key role in fundraising, strategy and training. She has stepped back from active involvement now.
In 2016 Julia was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to bereaved children and in 2017 Middlesex University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate.
In 2017 Julia published “Grief Works” which was a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK and has been published in 17 countries. In March 2020 she published “This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change Crisis And Hopeful Beginnings” which was a Sunday Times bestseller. In March 2022 she published her third book “Every Family Has A Story: How We Inherit Love And Loss” which is also a Sunday Times bestseller.
In 2021 Julia produced a 5-star rated app for those who grieve. Grief Works is a 28-day course to soothe your pain, build your strength and heal. It is available on the App store which has featured it numerous times as a recommended and trending app.
She also has a private practice where she sees families and individuals for many different issues.
JULIA SAMUAL MBE
Msc, MBACP (Snr Accredited)