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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 25th April 2022

About me

I am a fully qualified and UKCP Registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, based in the centre of Harrogate and online. Unfortunately my practice is currently full and I'm unlikely to have any vacancies for new clients this year.

With more than 30 years of successful practice, I have particularly focused on working in-depth with adults suffering the long term impact of childhood trauma, abuse and neglect. I also work with people suffering the symptoms of trauma experienced in adult life.

I'm trained and experienced in the use of a variety of Trauma Reduction methods to process symptoms of post traumatic stress, including flashbacks and panic attacks. These methods include TIR (a form of rewind technique), and Brainspotting, a highly effective method of processing trauma that has recently developed from EMDR. I'm up to date with recent advances in Polyvagal Theory as it relates to the impact of trauma in the body as well as in the mind. My Gestalt therapy background along with ongoing training in working with embodied trauma has given me a deep understanding of how to work with this in ways most suited to each individual person.

I'm also a fully trained and qualified Hypnotherapist. I believe that some problematic emotional states (eg. PTSD flashbacks and some aspects of depression and addictive behaviours) can be viewed as naturally occurring trance-states. Where this is the case, carefully planned hypnotherapy can often act as a highly effective method for counteracting them. Hypnotherapy can also be a wonderful tool in helping with relaxation and stress reduction for people who feel comfortable enough to try it.

I first qualified as a counsellor in 1989 while working in a voluntary sector mental health project in Feltham, Middlesex. Since then I have worked within several voluntary sector projects including The Waterloo Community Counselling Project, London Friend, and Yorkshire MESMAC. I worked in the NHS as a counsellor within a GP practice in Enfield. I have also worked in private practice for around 30 years, initially in London, and then, for the past 20 years, in Yorkshire.

When I have vacancies, I offer a free and absolutely no-obligation, telephone consultation for prospective clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Social Analysis (Bradford University) 1982
  • Diploma in Counselling (Metanoia Institute) 1989
  • Diploma in Supervision (IPCL) 1998
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Academy of Advanced Changework) 2010
  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
  • GHR Registered Hypnotherapist
  • CNHC Registered Therapist

Other training includes Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute) 1988-1991 and Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute) 1992-1993, and Brainspotting training with BSPUK, 2018.

I am also trained in, and have many years of experience of, working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and Traumatic incident reduction.

I have worked for many years within the LGBT community with the Friend network in Bradford and London and with Yorkshire MESMAC where I developed the counselling service, and understand the challenges experienced by LGBT people first-hand.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I don't currently have any vacancies.

But when I do, I offer a free initial telephone consultation.

After that, if you would like to come for counselling with me, my standard hourly counselling fee is £40 per session. 

I am happy to discuss reducing my rate for people on low income requiring longer term therapy. I'm also happy to discuss ways of spreading payment for people requiring shorter term counselling or hypnotherapy.


I don't currently have any vacancies.

Further information

I have many years experience of telephone and, more recently, online counselling and, where appropriate, I offer telephone or online sessions in conjunction with, or instead of face-to-face sessions. During the current pandemic, I am working only by phone or Skype/Zoom.

North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

My town centre office is upstairs. but I can offer online or telephone work for people unable to access my office.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have worked as a supervisor for many years, providing supervision for individuals and groups across the experience-spectrum from trainee counsellors to fully qualified and accredited counsellors and therapists with many years of experience.

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Pauline Brumwell

Pauline Brumwell