Bay Whitaker MBACP Accredited Counsellor: couples and individuals
0114 326 0043 / 0750 449 2224
Whatever the issues are, sometimes people find it helpful to speak with a professional. I aim to offer fresh perspectives and insights, and to give you the space and time to talk through whatever is troubling you.
Since establishing the successful private practice Sheffield Central Counselling in 2008, I have helped hundreds of people find ways forward and make positive changes in their lives. Before that, I worked at Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Service and South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association. I have a lot of experience working with people who have suffered abuse of different kinds, and trauma. Just recently I have been working a lot with clients experiencing relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression. I am a kink-knowledgeable therapist, and am experienced in working with different sexualities, especially BDSM. I regularly undertake training and professional development in gender and sexual minority work.
My background before becoming a counsellor was working in Universities and I studied, researched and taught philosophical logic for several years. I find sometimes it's helpful to assist clients in taking a logical approach to their problems, while at the same time appreciating that sometimes it can be really important to be illogical too. Counselling is the most rewarding, and the most fulfilling work I have ever done.
I work with adults individually, and with couples. I also see clients who are referred by their employers, or through Occupational Health Organisations. I am a qualified supervisor of other counsellors or those in various helping professions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Cert HE Counselling Skills, Dip HE Counselling, Sheffield Hallam University
MA Philosophy, BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy, Sheffield University
Certificate in Introduction to CBT, Manchester Centre for CBT
Certificate in Supervision, Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
In previous years I have worked as a befriender and advisor for Mental Health Charities and Trades Unions. My interest in philosophy informs my approach, which is integrative and humanistic, and I draw on both the analytic and existentialist philosophers to offer fresh perspectives to clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
BDSM (more commonly known as S&M). I have experience and expertise in this area and offer sensitive counselling to those who wish to work with a BDSM-aware therapist. I take a non-pathologising view of BDSM, that is, I don't see it as any sort of emotional or developmental disorder. To find out more on this topic, you can read my article 'BDSM: a new sexual orientation?' on this website.
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Standard fee = £40 per 50 minute session
We have a number of subsidised places available for clients on a low income
Here is some feedback from recent clients:
"Before I started counselling, I was very ashamed about who I was. I was struggling to process difficult experiences from my childhood.and I felt very stuck. Talking to my counsellor, Bay, over the past year has really helped me to cope with my difficult feelings. I feel so grateful for all that she has given me. I feel more accepting of myself and more able to talk with my loved ones about how I feel. I no longer want to hide myself away from others. I have the confidence to begin a new chapter of my life, and for the first time in many years, I can imagine a future for myself.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a supervisor, my priorities are to ensure that supervisees feel held and safe in discussing whatever is relevant to their practice. I have some experience with legal and ethical issues, and as with counselling aim to facilitate your own development rather than merely offering advice. I'm highly falllible and offer a framework in which supervisees can safely accept and love their own fallibility, as well as their own effectiveness.