Tracey Murray BA (Hons) FD (MBACP) Counsellor & CBT Therapist
East Riding Yorkshire
I specialise in working with people affected by anxiety, relationship issues, depression, and low self-esteem. I am an experienced Counsellor, and degree qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, which means I have advanced CBT skills. I work with adults, and young people. I offer a friendly, non-judgmental space, where you can explore any difficulties you might be experiencing, in a confidential environment.
The initial 30 minute consultation is free - during this time, you can ask any questions you have, and we can explore your needs. This also gives you the opportunity to meet me, and get a feel if we can work together.
There can be times in our lives when we find it hard to cope, and may be anxious, confused, and distressed. With empathy, and compassion, I can help you work through your thoughts and feelings, and find your way forward. I can help you to accept what you can't change, and change what you can.
I understand how daunting it feels when considering whether to have counselling, as many years ago found myself facing some life problems, and needing help. However, with the help of my therapist I worked through the problems and was able to regain a sense of balance and control. At this point I became very interested in helping others achieve this, and so attended Hull and Scarborough University where I gained my degree In counselling.
Together, we can help you to:
- Make sense of your situation
- Understand yourself more fully
- Find your own answers, solutions, and your own path
- Identify any changes you may want to make, and be supported to make them
- Develop what you need to live your life more fully
You might be experiencing some of the following difficulties:
Feeling panicky or anxious can be common in many people, in today's fast paced society. I can work with you to help reduce your anxiety levels, and feel more at ease.
Relationship & Family Issues
You may be having difficulties getting along with your partner, or with others in general. This is something we could explore, to help you find a clearer perspective, and help you understand your own behaviour, thoughts and feelings.
The reasons for depression are different for us all, however we have similar symptoms. Feeling tired, weepy, lacking in motivation, and generally not feeling good in ourselves. The first step to recovery, and finding a new you, would be to explore the root cause, which we could explore together.
Self-esteem is central to who we are. Working to improve your self-esteem does take time and effort. It requires courage and honesty to confront the things you might not like about yourself, but in the long term, it's worthwhile, because you will feel better about yourself and your life. Depression, anxiety, and many other anxiety difficulties can result from low self-esteem. I will support you, on your journey to discovering yourself, and building your self-esteem, and confidence.
From my experience I believe that the relationship you build with your therapist is the most important aspect of all, and that a strong therapeutic relationship allows the healing work of therapy to take place. After exploring their thoughts and feelings, many of my clients have said that counselling was literally a life changing experience.
Being a therapist can be an amazing profession full of challenges, heartaches, and celebration. I see you at your worst, and see you at your best, but there is no better reward to than to see you succeed.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I am also an experienced qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). CBT, is a talking therapy, which has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, and young people. CBT looks at how we think about a situation, and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. We will work together, and look at how you can change any negative patterns of thinking, or behaviour, that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel. CBT is a collaborative relationship, and during your sessions, and with the commitment to your homework, you will learn a set of skills that you can apply whenever you need to. You will hopefully find them useful long after you have left therapy.
CBT has been proven to work, and can be an effective therapy for a number of problems:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Counselling for Young People
I have extensive experience of working with young people, from the age of 14 years upwards, having worked in a specialist young people’s counselling service. Through this experience, I have witnessed first-hand how counselling has helped young people shape their future.
I practice from premises in the center of Kingston upon Hull, which is 5 minutes walk from the Interlink bus, and railway station.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Cogntive Behavioural Therapist, and Integrative Counsellor - I integrate Person Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic, Jungian Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Rather than being restricted to using one model, this enables me to integrate the appropriate therapeutic interventions based on the relationship, to suit your unique needs.
The majority of my work at present is in private practice, although I have experience working within a Qualified Provider counselling service, offering NHS counselling.
Additionally, I have extensive experience of working with young people in a specialist children, and young people's counselling service.
In addition, I am a counsellor working within an Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP's). Also, I am a sub-contractor for a company that is contracted to the Psychological Wellbeing Services.
I have extensive experience working with people with a wide range of difficulties, such as stress, depression, and all forms of anxiety disorders.
BA (Hons) Counselling (CBT & Research)
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling
Foundation Award in Counselling
Certificate in Coaching
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
Level 1 Certificate in Counselling
I am registered with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the lead organisation for CBT in the UK. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), and I am bound by its codes of Ethics and Practice.
I also receive monthly professional supervision from a Senior Accredited BACP registered supervisor.
Additionally, to maintain my knowledge, and skills, and ensure my competence to practice, I attend regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.
I hold a current, Enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service Certificate (DBS) formerly known as a CRB certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
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Fees per session: £40*
The fee is payable at the beginning of each session.
Counselling sessions are usually once a week. Each session lasts 60 minutes.
*I will reduce the session fee for block bookings of 4 sessions, when paid, and booked in advance (£140 instead of £160 ). This equates to £35 per session.
I'm sorry, but I do not have the facility to accept credit or debit cards.
The full cost of a session is payable, unless 24 hours notice is given.
I understand that some people might feel anxious about the thought of having counselling, and taking the first steps in therapy might be difficult. Please feel free to contact me, as I’m happy to talk with you to answer any questions you may have (in confidence), and to ensure that you feel I am the right person to help you.
If you would like to enquire about counselling or to make an appointment, you are welcome to telephone me, or send a text message between 9am -5pm Monday to Friday.
If I am not available to answer, please leave a message, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
**PLEASE NOTE – this is NOT a crisis service. If you are in need of urgent crisis support, please contact NHS111, your own GP or present to your local A&E department in the event that you require emergency support.**
I often say that I am honoured to do this work, but I also feel privileged to make the journey with people who come to see me. I'm grateful to have had some wonderful feedback from my clients. With the permission of some of my clients, this is some of the feedback I have been given - names have not been included, to protect my client’s confidentiality:
‘Tracey has a sense of humour, but is also very compassionate, which has helped with my anxiety problems. I actually looked forward to my sessions!'
'I feel happier than I've felt in a long time, and I'm now more self-aware and self-accepting. ’
‘I feel like a light bulb has been switched on, and I understand myself more now’’
‘I feel excited… like my life has just begun, I’m looking forward to my future now’
‘I understand myself more now, and have developed some skills that will help me in the future. Thank you Tracey!’
‘A really big thank you from the bottom of my heart- you really are a lovely person. I’m really lucky that I had a wonderful therapist’
‘The counselling that you gave me, helped me so much- physically, and mentally’
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|