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About us

Reaching4ward is a psychotherapy/counselling service based in the South West of Sheffield.

The focus of the service is on recovery and well-being and as well as counselling, it can  include the use of both DBT and an Art Therapy approach. Many people who access the service have a range of issues including depression, relationship problems, anxiety and low confidence .  

The service runs from an accessible  and discreet location in the South West of Sheffield, close to main bus routes, the train station and the city centre, in some instances people may prefer to be seen at home, so home visits are available  for this purpose. Rooms can also be available to facilitate group work.

We offer a wide range of experience in working with individuals who are depressed, unable to manage a distressing life event, or have more severe complex needs. As a practitioner, a persons welfare is paramount to gaining positive and effective outcomes from therapy so therefore each situation has a tailored response according to need. The additional combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness and Art therapy provides an extensive experience for the person who wants to effect changes in their life.
if you are unfamiliar with art therapy or DBT, here is a bit of useful information;

Art psychotherapy provides a safe confidential space where adult’s of any age can express thoughts and feelings through the use of images/art making and other forms of creativity as well as words. This means that it is a more accessible way of communicating for people who have difficulties in expressing their feelings.. There  are lots of people who may find it difficult to articulate their emotions for many reasons, often because of anxiety or depression and also because they are afraid to trust someone

Dialectical behavioural therapy, (DBT) is a strong feature of the service, with the emphasis on developing coping skills and minimising thoughts of suicide and self harm. This is particularly useful for individuals who have  a personality disorder diagnosis or for people who just want to be able to deal with stress and anxiety.

And then following an assessment session, we would make a decision together about whether you want to continue with the therapy and then how often we would meet. The sessions will be regularly reviewed as everyone is different and people will need more or less sessions. Being guided by the individual who has accessed the service  is  essential, as it has to work for you.

I hope this has offered some insight into the sort of counselling that is available and we look forward to hearing from you.

Our service is run by female counsellors

Training, qualifications & experience

       Qualifications and Relevant training includes :

  • MA Art Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in person centred art therapy skills
  • DBT training/certificate
  • Degree in fashion design and textiles
  • CBT Intermediate certificate
  • Continued person centred art therapy training
  • Working with and understanding personality disorder
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional coping skills
  • Eating disorders
  • Solution Focused therapy in mental health
  • Models of mental disorder
  • Working with  and preventing self harm
  • Supporting  Autistic Adults and children to deal with anxiety and change
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Recognising sexual exploitation of children and adults
  • Holistic Health Care and the NHS
  • Clinical risk assessment
  • Mental Health Act
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Suicide prevention
  • Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)
  • (Continued professional development training which is ongoing)

A snapshot of some of my experience

As the founder member of Reaching4ward I have worked with adults, both male and female and young adults to address self-harming, eating disorders, depression and many other mental health issues.

I have worked in the Together Women project (TWP) which is part of the probation service. I developed a therapy and counselling service over a period of 6 months and took referrals for women who wanted to engage in immediate crisis type therapy, longer term therapy or who were just passing through. I have worked within a community therapies team and a low secure unit. . I have used art coupled with counselling skills throughout my working life to communicate with individuals, from my time as youth worker until the present time and it is useful to have a sound understanding of mental health issues, when using a therapy approach.I have facilitated art therapy groups with people who have personality disorders, mental health issues and have continued to offer individual psychotherapy.

I feel that as a psychotherapist and mental health professional I have a strong value base and a commitment to effecting positive change in people’s lives.

We are a small business of three therapists and one admin worker


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Other areas of counselling we deal with

Dialectical behavioural therapy, (DBT) is a strong feature of the service, with the emphasis on developing coping skills and minimising thoughts of suicide and self harm. This is particularly useful for individuals who have  a personality disorder diagnosis or traits.

Photos & videos

  • The garden
  • Lampshade
  • Magic wand
  • Stained glass  window
  • Tree
  • Tangled
  • Looking at Life
  • Hands
  • The princess locked in a glass room


75 minute sessions are offered, following an initial assessment session (which is also  75 minutes)
An inital assessment session is to establish whether  the therapy/ counselling is right for you. The sessions will enable you to sample the therapy, before deciding whether to have regular sessions. This is offered as it is important that you feel comfortable both with the therapy and the therapist.

Rates are as follows:

  • Free initial assessment session for all (75 minutes)
  • Then, 75 minute sessions are as follows;
  • £20 for children up to age 18 years, students or for people on a  low income
  • £40 for individuals in full time employment
  • Fees to be paid on the day or in advance of the sessions and all fees can be negotiated depending on circumstances.

Further information

We have access to rooms in the South West of Sheffield or are able to undertake home visits.

Further information can be provided, so please feel free to make enquiries

Maps & Directions

Sheffield, S11

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please leave a text message or use email as initial contact, as it is not always possible to answer the phone immediately. A reply to your enquiry will be made as soon as possible

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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