I offer short, medium and long-term counselling and therapy to individuals of all ages, and with virtually any issues.
I work mainly from home, but can also see clients at premises near the city centre. I can usually find a time to suit any schedule; a weekly session at the same time each week is usually best, but if you work variable shifts, or require a different frequency of sessions, I can generally fit round it.
I prefer to work in a flexible way; I respect the individual's ability to discover what is most helpful to them, and like to create a collaborative working relationship which is empowering for the client. At times I may suggest approaches to managing difficult feelings or unwanted behaviours and support the client to explore them, but I will never judge or tell you what to do.
As well as using understandings about people's psychological development, and the way they may be affected by personal life events and experiences, I recognise the importance of social issues such as economic inequality, racism, sexism and homophobia in shaping our lives and experiences and affecting our mental health. Counselling on its own can't solve these problems, but it can help you to recognise their impact in your life and to feel less overwhelmed, more supported and more confident.
Like most counsellors, I have experienced therapy as a client, and draw on this to understand what the experience of counselling might be like for my clients, whilst always recognising that everyone's experience is unique and that nothing can be taken for granted.
I provide a completely confidential service, except that I reserve the option of informing someone else if I have good reason to believe that either the client or someone else is at serious risk. I would always try to discuss with the client before speaking to anyone else.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling using the Relational Model. This model recognises the importance of relationships in our early development, in shaping our sense of self, and in our adult experience; it also regards the quality of the relationship with the counsellor as one of the most important factors in the work. The approach draws on both Person Centred and Psychodynamic ideas and techniques, but can also include elements of many other models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have done many short courses to extend the range and depth of my work: these include CBT techniques, Traumatic Incident Reduction, brief therapies and approaches to specific issues such as eating disorders, sexal abuse, personality disorder, psychosis and others.
I have worked for sixteen years in private practice and in several voluntary-sector agencies in Leeds which provide general counselling, and therefore have a very wide range of experience with different types of people and issues (including severe mental health problems). For several years I worked in an agency for young people aged 13 upwards. I also have a lot of experience working with clients who identify as gay or bisexual, have gender identity issues or identify as transgender, men who may not identify as gay but have sex with other men, and people whose partners fit any of these categories.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General personal development
Questioning gender identity, support whilst transitioning
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
My standard fee is £35 per hour, but lower fees can be negotiated for clients on low incomes/benefits, especially if longer-term work is needed.
Occasionally, it might be helpful to arrange sessions which last more than one hour (for example, for certain types of trauma work). In this case, the client would pay for the time spent in the session, but we might adjust the fee to keep it manageable.
Young people are welcome to contact me on a confidential basis. In the case of a young person or student it may often be a parent or other adult who pays for the sessions, but this does not mean I will share any information with the adult without the young person's permission. If the involvement of an adult would cause a problem for the young person, I can usually negotiate a fee with them which they can manage by themselves.
The same confidentiality applies to a client of any age who needs support from a third person to make contact or access the counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I normally work Tuesday to Friday daytimes and Monday to Thursday evenings, though other arrangements may sometimes be possible. I normally aim to answer email inquiries within 48 hours
Types of client
Supervision & training
My training and approach as a counsellor is relational, and I believe that quality of relationship and awareness of interpersonal patterns enacted within the counselling relationship is fundamental regardless of the specific therapeutic model.View supervision profile