Damien Haigh, MBACP (Accredited), MA, BSc
01924 332 154 / 07504 744 086
I am a fully qualified (to MA level) and BACP-accredited counsellor, with over ten years experience of short- and long-term therapy work.
I recognise that many of us go through difficult experiences in life, and counselling can often be helpful in addressing these challenges.
My aim is to create a safe, quiet, confidential space for you to discuss a pain or confusion which you might be experiencing, or a problem which you might want to address. I will listen to you attentively, supportively and patiently, and help you to explore your thoughts and feelings at a pace that feels right for you.
I respect that every human being is unique and individual, and so I tailor my approach to suit each different client’s needs. To help in this, I counsel using a ‘relational’ approach, based upon ‘person-centred’ ways of being.
This means that I will try to understand your own felt sense of your experience as deeply as possible. Exploring things in this collaborative way can often help people to make sense of their own experience, and deal with any confusion they may be feeling. I also wish to be non-judgmental and accepting of you as a person. I will not tell you what to do, but instead help you to find the right way for you.
My training also helps me to help you to explore any childhood experiences or life events which might be limiting your potential or holding you back from living life to the full. Sometimes, negative thoughts also stop people from being happy or feeling content, and it can often be useful to work on these as well.
I work from a quiet, private counselling room in Wakefield (WF1), West Yorkshire. This is close to the town centre and public transport links, with pay-and-display car parking also close by. I can offer various daytime and weekend appointments.
Please note that I can help people individually with their relationship problems, but I do not offer couples counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered, accredited member (052900) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have worked as a counsellor since 2004, with a diverse range of clients, in long- and short-term counselling.
I qualified as a counsellor upon completing my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006. I then studied for a Master of Arts qualification in Psychological Therapies at the same university, graduating in 2009.
I have also worked as a supervisor of counsellors since 2010, having gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision from the University of Leicester. I am also a trained teacher, with PGCE qualification, and I taught counselling at introductory and certificate-level at two local colleges.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
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I charge £15 for an introductory session of fifty minutes. This will help us to discuss your needs, and help you to decide if counselling is for you.
I charge £36 for every fifty-minute session after that.
I offer a discount if a number of sessions are booked and paid for in advance. If you would like to discuss your payment options, then please contact me, and I will be happy to help.
I appreciate that it can be daunting when you are first thinking of having counselling. I would like to assure you of an understanding and respectful response if you choose to contact me, and I will be very willing to discuss your needs, and to explain how counselling might help you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Various appointment times Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm; please contact for details of availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|