Bay Whitaker MBACP Accredited Counsellor: couples and individuals
I have ten years' experience in private practice and have worked with many issues. Particularly interested in working with clients who have alternative sexualities, especially BDSM. I am a kink-knowledgeable counsellor and work in a non-pathologizing way with varieties of sexual and gender difference.
In addition I am experienced in work with trauma and abuse, depression and relationship difficulties.
Here is what some of my recent clients have said about our work together:
‘I sought counselling because my interest in kink had led me into real danger. I found that part of me an alien threat. Together Bay and I didn’t just eliminate a threat- we turned that part of me into an asset I now embrace. Our work also supported me successfully through one of the major battles of my life in my employment. I am very pleased with the work we did and it has helped me to enrich my life and my relationships.’
'I just wanted to say an absolutely heartfelt thank you for everything you've done. I'm in a hugely improved place now, and a large part of that has come from the insight and technique I've learned in our sessions.'
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
Participant in Advanced Clinical Discussion Group on Kink Issues in Therapy, Pink Therapy
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
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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
Discreet premises near the centre of Sheffield, evening appointments available.
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.