Marie Varney MBACP, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
52A Skipton Road
18 Park Place
Welcome to my profile.
Life can be difficult at times and sometimes we may need support to help us move forward. Life experiences such as relationship difficulties, bereavement, changes in circumstance, health or job worries and so on can lead to us feeling vulnerable and uncertain.
It may be that you are feeling worried, anxious or depressed, or that you are having to adjust to changes in your life. Change can be unsettling, especially when we feel we have little control over it. I can support you to explore any issues and concerns which may be troubling you, or causing you distress.
My aim as a counsellor is to offer a safe and supportive environment and to help you work through any difficult issues or events that you may currently be experiencing. As a relationally trained counsellor and psychotherapist I can also help you to explore past life experiences or relationships which may affect how you are feeling now.
I am able to offer support with many issues, for example relationship difficulties (including separation and divorce), infertility, family issues, work-related stress, health concerns (including health anxieties), anxiety and depression. My work with Cruse Bereavement Care means I am experienced in working with bereavement and loss. I also have experience of working with young people (16+ years) with issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, sexuality, and family-related issues.
I am an 'integrative' therapist; this means that I combine more than one theoretical approach. This enables me to be flexible and responsive in meeting clients’ needs. Fundamentally however I aim to be person-centred in the way I work, offering you warmth, empathy and a genuinely supportive relationship.
Please feel free to contact me by email or give me a call for an initial conversation; we can talk about your needs and explore how I may be able to help.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist:
Certificate in Counselling, Salford University, 2001
Certificate in Bereavement Awareness (Level 2), 2011
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University, 2014.
Mental Health Awareness (Level 2), 2015
Cruse Children and Young People's Course, 2016
In addition to my private practice I also work as a Bereavement Support Volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care (Craven and Bradford). I also worked for 3 years with young people (16+ years) and adults in the Staff and Student Counselling Service at Craven College, Skipton.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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£40 per session. Counselling sessions last 50 minutes.
I offer an initial consultation session at £30.
If you would like to contact me for an informal conversation please email using the link above, or text or call me. I will aim to call you back within 24 hours if I'm unavailable.
This initial conversation is strictly confidential with no obligation to proceed. If you decide that you would like to meet we will arrange an initial session. This first meeting will give you an opportunity to talk further about your concerns, and to decide if I'm the right counsellor for you. I will aim to answer any questions you may have about how I work.
If you would then like to go ahead with counselling we usually agree to an initial number of sessions to begin with, normally meeting once a week.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); this is a professional register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice underpins the way that I work and also puts the wellbeing of my clients at the heart of my practice. I also receive regular clinical supervision.
I attend regular training and Continuing Professional Development days to ensure that I continue to develop my knowledge, skills and experience as a counsellor.
Currently I can offer counselling and psychotherapy in discreet, professional rooms both in Ilkley, LS29 and also at Headspace in Leeds City Centre, 5 minutes walk from the train station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work in Leeds on a Tuesday (including evening appointments) and in Ilkley Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays (currently daytime appointments only).
Types of client