Ellen Robottom

50 Kings Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 1NU

0113 3681999 / 07930 966205

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50 Kings Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 1NU

0113 3681999 / 07930 966205

About me

I offer short, medium and long-term counselling and therapy to individuals of all ages, and with virtually any issues.

I work mainly from home, but can also see clients at premises near the city centre, or at a local community centre. I can usually find a time to suit any schedule, including people who have to work variable shifts.

I prefer to work in a flexible way; I have great respect for individuals' ability to discover what is most helpful to them, and like to create a collaborative working relationship which is empowering for the client.

As well as using understandings about people's psychological development, and the way they may be affected by life events, I recognise the importance of social issues such as economic inequality, racism, sexism and homophobia in shaping our lives and experiences.

Like most counsellors, I have experienced therapy as a client, and draw on this to understand what the expereince of counselling might be like for my clients, whilst always recognsing that everyone's experience is unique and that nothing can be taken for granted.

I provide a completely confidential service, except that I reserve the option of informing someone else if I have good reason to believe that either the client or someone else is at serious risk. I would always try to discuss with the client before speaking to anyone else.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling using the Relational Model. This model recognises the importance of relationships in our early development, in shaping our sense of self, and in our adult experience; it also regards the quality of the relationship with the counsellor as one of the most important factors in the work. The approach draws on both Person Centred and Psychodynamic ideas and techniques, but can also include elements of many other models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have done many short courses to extend the range and depth of my work: these include CBT techniques, Traumatic Incident Reduction, brief therapies and approaches to specific issues such as eating disorders, sexal abuse, personality disorder, psychosis and others.

I have worked for twelve years in several voluntary-sector agencies in Leeds which provide general counselling, and therefore have a very wide range of experience with different types of people and issues (including severe mental health problems) I worked for several years in an agency for young people aged 13 upwards; I also have a lot of experience with an agency for clients who identify as gay or bisexual, have gender identity issues or identify as transgender, men who may not identify as gay but have sex with other men, and women whose male partners fit any of these categories.

Member organisations

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Young people
General personal development

Fees

My standard fee is £35 per hour, but lower fees can be negotiated for clients on low incomes/benefits, especially if longer-term work is needed.

Occasionally, it might be helpful to arrange sessions which last more than one hour (for example, for certain types of trauma work). In this case, the client would pay for the time spent in the session, but we might adjust the fee to keep it manageable.

Further information

Young people are welcome to contact me on a confidential basis. In the case of a young person it may often be an adult who pays for the sessions, but this does not mean I will share any information with the adult without the young person's permission. If the involvement of an adult would cause a problem for the young person, I can usually negotiate a fee with them which they can manage by themselves.

Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS6 1NU

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Supervision & training

My training and approach as a counsellor is relational, and I believe that quality of relationship and awareness of interpersonal patterns enacted within the counselling relationship is fundamental regardless of the specific therapeutic model.

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