Anita Dunford. Counsellor. HE Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP
34 Leeds Road
07704 631975 / 07704 631975
I am a fully qualified, experienced, counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I provide a high level of professional competence and care.
I have trained in the Relational Approach which is underpinned by the Person Centred Approach and incorporates Existential, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) models. Different models help different people as we are all unique. Therefore, the therapy I provide is tailored to the unique needs, aims and concerns of each individual client.
All of us experience difficult times in our lives. It maybe that you are struggling with a specific issue such as relationship or family issues. Maybe you are considering separation or divorce and need to talk through the difficulties. Or are experiencing grief due to bereavement and 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, and feel depressed or anxious and 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.
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 am a Fully Qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist (HE Diploma Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy ) Leeds Beckett University – BACP Accredited Course.
Specialist Training in Bereavement, Trauma, Suicide and Dealing with Loss.
Training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Model (CBT)
Certificate in Counselling Skills - Leeds Beckett University
I have extensive experience of working with many issues including loss and grief, bereavement, suicide, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, suicide, self harm and relationship issues.
16 years experience of working in the voluntary sector, including nine years experience as a volunteer at ChildLine and two years as a counsellor at Bradford Bereavement Support.
Additionally, I have considerable experience of the corporate world, prior to qualifying as a counsellor. 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.
Further Training and Continuing Professional Development Training Includes:
Certificate in Berevement, Grief and Loss.
Certificate in Working with Clients With Suicidal Thoughts.
Certificate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.
Certificate in Working with Defence Mechanisms In Grief.
Certificate in Working with LGBT Clients Who Are Grieving.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I hold a current Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
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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.
Please feel free to contact me on 07704 631975 for an informal chat or for further information take a look at my website www.claritycounsellingyorkshire.com
I am the co-founder, with Cheryl Chapman, of Clarity Counselling Yorkshire. We are located in discreet offices in Ilkley which are located a few minutes walk from the train and bus station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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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.
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