Anita Dunford. Counsellor. HE Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP
34 Leeds Road
I am a fully qualified, experienced, counsellor and psychotherapist and my approach is humanistic; therefore, I view my clients as individuals who, with support, are capable of finding their own potential for change.
People come to counselling for many different reasons. It maybe that you are struggling with a specific issue such as bereavement, illness or relationship difficulties. It maybe that you need someone to talk to but worry about burdening your family or friends. Perhaps you need support to develop better ways of coping in times of stress, or explore your own ways of behaving and relating with other people. It maybe that you are feeling a sense of emptiness and fulfilment, or are looking for clearer direction and life meaning. Sometimes we don’t understand why we feel the way we do, why we think the way we do, and why we behave the way we do.
Whatever your reasons, counselling can help provide the opportunity to explore, make sense of, and work through difficult and painful processes which can help us live a happier more fulfilling life.
I believe that when choosing a counsellor, it is very important to find someone that you are comfortable talking to and with whom you feel safe. The thought of sharing a problem with a stranger can be very daunting but it can be so much easier to share really difficult issues with someone who is not a member of your immediate family or one of your friends. Clients describe me as an understanding, compassionate, and an attentive listener. My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment from where you can talk about anything you want, however difficult. I will listen carefully and non-judgementally, with respect in complete confidence. Together we may explore what is troubling you, and begin to find a way for you to reach your own decisions and make your own choices, whilst working towards your ultimate healing.
I offer a free 30 minute no obligation meeting where we can discuss your reasons for seeking counselling. This free session gives you the opportunity to ask questions and to decide whether you wish to proceed and arrange some future appointments. During this session we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy. I will ask you a number of questions to help you and I decide whether we will be comfortable working together and to check that I am able to offer you the support you require.
You may know at this first session that you wish to proceed with some sessions but you may feel that you need some time to think it over before making a commitment. The choice is yours. Should you wish to proceed a regular date and time will be agreed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have experience of working with many issues including loss and grief, bereavement, suicide, low self-esteem and confidence, and relationship issues. I have extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector, with nine years experience as a volunteer at ChildLine and two years counselling experience at Bradford Bereavement Support.
I have considerable experience of the corporate world with over 30 years experience in sales and distribution. This experience has enabled me to understand the pressures faced by individuals working in a highly demanding work environment and the impact this has on other relationships and our work and life balance.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work with clients in accordance with their ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
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My session fees are £40 for a 50 minute session.
I offer a free 30 minute no obligation meeting where we can discuss your reasons for seeking counselling. This free session gives you the opportunity to ask questions and to decide whether you wish to proceed and arrange some future appointments.
Each individual is different and has different concerns. Some people feel the benefits of counselling after a few sessions, whilst others may feel that they have longer term concerns which they may decide to spend some time working on. Nothing is set in stone. I offer regular reviews to ensure that I am meeting your individual needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for daytime, evening and weekend appointments. My counselling room is discretely located in second floor offices above Daniel's Coffee Shop. Please note we do not have a lift.
Types of client