Ann Steel

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Registered Accredited (MBACP) Counsellor & Supervisor
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Gate Helmsley YO41 & York YO31
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you finding it hard to cope with bereavement, loss or change, stress, anxiety, depression,  work related issues, or maybe yearning for a sense of belonging, feeling alone or isolated, feeling you are not 'fitting in? You may wish to change aspects of your life but are afraid to do so. You may feel in great distress and find it hard to talk to family and friends about how you feel. 

Perhaps you are struggling to adjust to significant life events  such as moving home, changes at work, adjusting to parenthood or family issues. You may feel so overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings that it is hard for you to make sense of what is happening and believing  you are escalating out of control and feel powerless. 

Negative thoughts might be making you feel so anxious that you are finding it hard to cope with everyday life or you wonder why you keep repeating old unhelpful patterns of behaviour or responses that are causing difficulties for you. Sometimes echoes from the past can impact upon relationships, confidence or self esteem in your personal  or professional  life.

We all at times need help and support through difficult times in our lives. I can offer you a safe, supportive, non judgemental and confidential space to help you work through your issues and develop insight, understanding and gain fresh perspectives. I can help you safely work through the healing process and nurture growth to develop and achieve a better future. I can help you explore choices and consequences and break out of old cycles and patterns of behaviours.

How I work
Whether you are an individual, a couple, a student, child or young person I believe that each client is unique and has different needs and my approach is not a 'one size fits all'  but tailor made to each clients needs. Every client is individually assessed so that the most effective and beneficial support can be given. I work non-directively  and help the client to explore the past, how the past may be affecting the present and help empower you to set goals for a better future. 

I work from a Integrative Humanistic approach drawing on range of additional interventions including CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis and  Solution Focused Therapy..

Currently working via Zoom, Skype, on line or telephone during COVID-19 pandemic.

I will talk through the options with you at the initial session and can work both long or short term.

I am an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, UKRCP, BACP Counselling Children and Young People, BACP Counselling in the Workplace and  a member of SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).

More details can be found on my website

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my Counselling training in 2001 at York St John University completing a Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2005. In 2003 I also completed a Certificate in Couples Counselling and TA (Transactional Analysis) at the Leeds Psychotherapy Training Centre.

During my Counselling training I worked at the Retreat in York with adults suffering range of mental health issues and drug and alcohol addictions, at York and District MIND and at Future Prospects in York Counselling adults with wide range of presenting issues.  During this time I also trained in Mediation, completing Certificates in Community , Workplace, Homeless Prevention and Anti Social Behaviour where I worked for City of York Council Mediation Service for a number of years working with adults and children and completed the CRUSE bereavement counselling training course in York.

I worked for six years in a Children's Bereavement Organisation Counselling bereaved children and during this time completed a Certificate in Counselling Children Using the Arts at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. I have also worked as a Counsellor at York St John University counselling undergraduate and post graduate students. 

I became Accredited with the BACP in 2008 when I started my own private practice.  I  completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision at York St John University in 2011 and my practice also incorporates Supervising other Practitioners. 

In 2010 I worked in Haiti following the earthquake and trained in Psychological First Aid, Critical Incident Response and Post Traumatic Stress and have completed a Certificate in Group Crisis Interventions with the CISM (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) and Certificates in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and with Childhood Traumatic Grief from the  University of South Carolina, USA

I am currently an affiliate of a number of EAP Providers (employee assistance programmes in the workplace) offering one to one counselling for individuals and couples, and providing on site Critical Incident Response.

Other Training Courses Include:

Certificate in Life Coaching (Coaching Academy)
Psychological First Aid (NCTSN)
Mindfulness Based CBT (York St John University)
Cognitive Behaviour for Anxiety (Psychology UK)
Key Approaches in Working with Clients REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic) (York St John University ,
Certificate in Counselling (York St John University),
Cruse Bereavement Care, (York)
Working with Difficult People
Stress Manaagement
SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death)

As a member of the BACP I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the professional Conduct Procedure therein.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Critical Incident Response                                        
Adjusting to parenthood                                                                                 
Stillbirth & Neonatal Death
Dream work
Life Coaching
Life history work
Mediation and Conflict Resolution solutions


£55.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Counselling - £55 per hour individuals
                    - £65 per hour couples
(student and other concessions available)
Long & Short Term, Individuals or Couples.

On line via zoom available worldwide

Supervision - £55.00 per hour individuals (concessions available).

Mediation, Critical Incident Response and other support - please contact to discuss specific requirements.

Training and workshops - please contact to discuss individual or organisational needs.

When I work

I work with Individuals, Couples, Children and Young People daytimes and Evenings from near Stamford Bridge YO41 and on line via zoom

Further information

Currently working via Zoom, Skype, on line or telephone during COVID-19 pandemic but usually  work from two premises, at the Centre for Positive Living, Millers Yard  on Gillygate in York City  Centre or from my practice in East Yorkshire near Stamford Bridge, which is on the Number 10 bus route from York City Centre and from Stamford Bridge and there is ample private parking available.

I also design, facilitate and deliver training to professionals including the British Army Welfare Unit, Relate and Counselling and Bereavement Services. I also work for the British Red Cross.

York, Gate Helmsley, East Riding Of Yorkshire, YO41

Millers Yard, Gillygate, York City Centre, York, North Yorkshire, YO31 7EB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Currently working via Zoom, Skype, on line or telephone during COVID-19 pandemic worldwide


In person

Qualified Supervisor trained at York St John University.

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