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St. Bedes Pastoral Centre
21-23 Blossom Street
YO24 1AQ

20 St. Saviourgate

07756 040410

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St. Bedes Pastoral Centre
21-23 Blossom Street
YO24 1AQ

20 St. Saviourgate

07756 040410

About me

I can offer you a safe and confidential space where we can explore together the difficulties  you are facing at this time. I am an accredited, registered and experienced counsellor, based in Central York.

Sometimes life can seem confusing, overwhelming or painful, leaving you feeling anxious, stressed or depressed. My aim is to listen to you compassionately and respectfully, and to try to understand why you feel this way just now.  I want to help you regain a balanced perspective on your situation. I will listen and support you as you begin to make any changes in your life.

Over the past 10 years I have worked in various settings: as a counsellor with the NHS in GP surgeries in York and Selby; in a school setting; at The Tuke Centre in York and  at the Harrogate Women's Counselling Service. I have also been involved with counselling research through York University.

How counselling can help

My training as a humanistic counsellor, means that I see each person as a unique individual, with differing needs, and I work accordingly. Everyone's circumstances are different, but it is often the feelings of being sad, confused, anxious, depressed, or under stress, that make us want to seek out help.
Counselling can help to build a greater acceptance, understanding and trust in yourself. It can also help you take a look at your present circumstances and why you are struggling,and see if anything needs to change. It is also valuable in considering relationship difficulties.

What to expect in your first session

It is important that you are comfortable working with me, and so in the first session I will give you some information about counselling and answer any of your questions, and you can let me know why you have come for counselling at this time. You can then decide whether you would like to continue, and we will review this again after 4-6 sessions.  I can either work on a short or longer term basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2007 Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Distinction) at York St John's University
  • 2005 Certificate in Counselling at York St John's University
  • 2002 Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, Huddersfield University
  • 1978 Certificate in Qualification in Social Work, Glasgow
  • 1975 B.A. in Sociology, Stirling University

I have worked as a social worker, as an adult education tutor with parents in schools and volunteers in community settings, and with academic support in a university, before training as a counsellor. This has given me considerable experience of working with many individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Life transitions e.g. birth of children, moving home, menopausal years, illness, redundancy or retirement
  • Spiritual abuse / difficulties in a church setting
  • I also have a good understanding of educational settings and their pressures.


£40 to £45 per hour.

Some concessions available at £35 per hour.

Further information

Sorry, there is no disabled access available. There are stairs going up to the counselling room.

I have full professional indemnity insurance.

I receive regular supervision as part of the requirements of my membership of the BACP, and I abide by their code of ethics and professional practice.

Availability:  Mondays and Tuesdays in the centre of York.

Contact: By email or by phone or text to 07756040410. You can leave a message and let me know when you are free for me to call you.

Maps & Directions

York, YO24 1AQ
York, YO1 8NN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday and Tuesday. Wed am possible from September

Types of client

Older adults
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