Jill Dodsworth-Parker

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Accred MBACP
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Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5
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About me

Working independently offering Counselling,Psychotherapy, Supervision and Mentoring

Venue HX5 0HG

Providing theraputic support to individuals (adults) couples and young people.

The therapy which is offered can be from different models. Primarily it is Person Centred. Other types of therapy are used like CBT, Solution focused, TA and Gestalt. The Creative Therapies used are art, drama and psychodrama. All these therapies co-operate with unconscious material enabling a person to find their own solutions.

I am in supervision according to the requirements recommended by British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am an accredited practitioner.I am registered as an independant Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am committed to personal therapy. I offer a service, which upholds confidentiality in a safe environment. Counselling sessions usually last up to 60 minutes and are offered to suit the client.

I am committed to working within the spirit of equal opportunities and will not discriminate on any ground.

To date some of the issues I have worked with include : racism, transition / life change, crisis intervention, anxiety / panic attacks, stress, anger management, relationship difficulties, abandonment, loss/grief, depression, bullying, conflict resolution, confidence, effective communication personal and professional development, issues around self-esteem and self worth, traumatic experiences past and present, abuse: mental, physical and sexual, eating disorders and obsessional behavior.

The therapy offered enables you, the client, to feel supported in knowing what is best for yourself and deciding and accepting responsibility for what changes might be made. Overall my counselling function is to facilitate and support. The therapy I offer is provided according to need i.e. pace and frequency suitable to you the client. My work is frequently supervised , currently I access  group ,individual  and peer supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Hons Counsellor MBACP(Accred) UKRCP Reg.

Cert Creative Person Centred Supervisor

I am committed to Continued Professional Development and as an accredited Practitioner must keep up to date with current practice by attending regular training events (more detail can be given on request)

I am a Therapist and Supervisor

I have been in private practice as a therapist since 2000 and Supervisor of students and qualified practitioners  since 2004. I work in Kirklees ,Calderdale and surrounding areas providing counselling and psychotherapy to Individuals (adults) couples and young people, and offers clinical supervision to other professionals.


Working with   Huddersfield University Human and Health Science department in tutoring of students

Supervision of individual staff –  KRASACC, WellWomen,Northpoint,CAMHS, those working privately

From September 2009 I have worked as an Affiliate counsellor for Northorpe Hall Trust supporting young people in accessing counselling.

As an affiliate practitioner  for Insight Health Care http://www.mhco.org.uk/ formerly known as Oakdale I supported this service in offering qualitive counselling support to their client group

I have worked with The Validium Group, which is employee assistance, psychological rehabilitation, and wellbeing provider that works in partnership with HR, Healthcare and OH professionals to prevent and overcome the stress, absence and trauma issues that can limit the ability of people to perform at work.

Client Comments

“I am so very appreciative of Jill's wonderful capacity to listen and understand and heal.  I could say so much more but all I really need to say is thank you so much on my behalf and my beautiful children.  This is a truly life saving service and done with the utmost care and concern at all times.”

“ Just a quick note to say thank you for taking the time to listen and help me over these last weeks.  I know it is your job to do so but speaking with you has made me realize I’m not alone in the world”

“Thank you for supporting me in transforming ‘Who I am’ in my life.  The experience has been amazing”

Mentor & Supervisee Comments

“I want to say how I value our supervisory relationship, which for me is much more than an ethical necessity. The non- judgmental and unconditional positive regard, which I seek to provide in my relationships with clients and with my co- workers as coordinator of Dove House, is what I experience and value in my supervision with you. You both support and challenge me and within that I feel held. I appreciate working creatively at times and your skills in this area and your encouragement to try alternative ways of thinking and bouncing new ideas are useful. I appreciate your teaching and sharing of knowledge. I respect your boundaries and feel respected within them. I feel I can be open and honest with you whatever my feelings, knowing that you also have your own self- care in place. “

“There are many benefits to this supervision, I have never received supervision like it before, if I have had it, it has been poor and more about getting the job done and not about me as a person.
I like that it is a 'space' away from my normal work environment. I feel supported, listened to, acknowledged, not judged, you have enabled me to gain greater insights into myself, which resulted in me being able to make meaningful positive changes in my life.
As a result I am a happier, self-motivated, more effective and balanced (well more of the time!) employee, colleague and facilitator'
And I reading the above makes me feel very blessed, thank you Jill.”

“Jill has enabled me to see my capabilities and given me new confidence when

Working with complex clients.  It is her willingness to support and observe impartially

My work through supervision that offers me something I will be forever mindful of

And that is that my supervisor has given me faith in myself and courage to believe

that I am a good practitioner “


  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Counselling Studies
  • Honours National Diploma in counselling
  • Honours National Certificate in counselling
  • Connexions Diploma — working for change with young people
  • TA 101
  • UKATA RTE TA Diploma
  • Cert in Creative Person Centred Supervision
  • MBACP(Accred)
  • UKRCP Reg


I am a Therapist, Supervisor and Mentor

I have been in private practice as a therapist since 2000 and Supervisor of students and qualified practitioners since 2004. I work in Calderdale ,Kirklees and surrounding areas providing counselling and psychotherapy to Individuals (adults) couples and young people, and offer clinical supervision to other professionals.

I have over 15 years experience of working with secondary schools and supporting young people and their significant others. My work enables young people to take full advantage of learning, employment and culture opportunities by raising their aspirations, self-confidence and opportunities. I aim to help young people, families and schools to deal with problems, which may be preventing young people to realise their full potential.

I am in supervision according to the requirements recommended by BACP and am committed to personal therapy. I offer a service, which upholds your confidentiality in a safe environment. I am a member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and am an accredited Practitioner MBACP (Accred). I am a registered independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist with UKRCP, The United Kingdom Register of Counsellor and Psychotherapists.

Further information

2009-2011 I provided group supervision and training workshops for staff at KRASACC (specialising in offering support for victims of rape and domestic violence).

In December 2009 to June 2010 I agreed to support Oakdale Services (now known as Insight Health Care) as Case Manager supporting the appropriate allocation of cases to practitioners throughout the country in support of the Employee Assisted Programmes and Authority Support Programmes contracts. Having to manage case loads support practitioners in supervision of their cases and manage a 24 helpline, which provides counselling support and advice for users countrywide.

I have developed a range of training courses and experiential workshops, and worked with Universities, Colleges, and voluntary organisations including Northrop Hall Child & Family Trust, Mind, Well Women Centre, KRASACC, NACRO (the crime reduction team) Wakefield Targeted Youth Support, Kirklees council - Anti Social Behavior Team (ASB) and Domestic Violence Team.

I work with a wide range of issues, including some of the most difficult and challenging aspects of relationships. These include racism, transition/life change, crisis intervention, anxiety/panic attacks, stress, anger management, relationship difficulties, abandonment, loss/grief, depression, abuse, eating disorders, obsessional behavior, and bullying and conflict resolution. I have also worked with groups and individuals building confidence, enabling effective Communication personal and professional development, exploring issues around self-esteem, self worth and traumatic experiences past and present (mental, physical and sexual).

Counselling or Psychotherapy?

There is a vast overlap of styles, theories and techniques between those therapists who describe themselves as providing counselling and those providing psychotherapy.

The BACP gives the following definition:

'Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’

A definition that I find useful, in guiding how I’m working with a client and agreeing (contracting) between us on the direction of the therapy, is given by the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA):


Counsellors who utilize transactional analysis work directly on “here and now” problem solving with their clients, focusing on creating productive problem solving behaviours.


…work “with” clients to eliminate dysfunctional behaviours and establish and reinforce healthy functioning.”

The way in which I work is directly related the issues the client brings to therapy, as well as the outcome we contract for.

So if someone comes to therapy due to a specific event that has, or is causing them difficulties, and they wish to explore how they can resolve this I am likely to consider that the client wants counselling.

If a client comes to therapy with a generalised dissatisfaction with how they experience themselves, others or the world in which they live, I would explore through the contracting process the usefulness of psychotherapy for the client. I would see this particularly indicated if someone wonders why the same unpleasant events repeatedly occur in their lives.

Sometimes clients may come to therapy initially for counselling following an event, and then discover that their own beliefs, behaviours or feelings have contributed to the difficult event occurring in the first place. At this point the client may wish to re-contract for a psychotherapy contract, which not only explores current options but also explores the ways in which they can bring about lasting positive change in themselves.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Alcohol Abuse working with clients using alcohol as a coping mechanism

Gambling- worked with clients whose relationships have been impacted by their gambling. Also recognizing when used as a coping mechanism and worked on underlying issues

Eating Disorders- Worked with Anorexic patients

Loss and Bereavement- Ongoing referrals, life transition and loss, bereavement, compounded grief, unresolved grief

Stress management; work / life balance- high ratio of short-term therapy stress at work, confidence, assertiveness, bullying, racism, relationship issues etc.

Debt / financial concerns; As part of other issues

Workplace difficulties

Career worked with and around impact of retirement, redundancy, role change

Management / Self management

Redundancy / Relocation: as above

Violence / Anger Management A lot of work in this area with young people

Trauma Counselling ongoing Abuse- mental physical psychological, sexual, PTSD

Sexual / Physical / Emotional Abuse
As above: Run group for survivors of sexual abuse(2005-2008). And work individually with clients in this area

Mental Illness
Self Harm /Suicidal

Chronic, acute or terminal medical conditions
Worked with patients diagnosed with cancer, looking at planned death and endings

Physical disabilities. Related to impact of disability on self and others i.e. loss of limbs

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£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

Part of the fees contribute to my supervision, personal therapy and training which is essential for ongoing professional development and upholding a service that is qualitative
Fees are reviewed April each year .


Initial Consult £55


£80 1.5

Concessions  students/low income

up to 20%

Block booking

3  1 hr session for £170

4   1 hr sessions for £ 225

6    1 hr sessions for  £340

Funded( EAP, BUPA, Insurance)

£75per hr

£ 95per 1.5 hr

Couples Therapy

Initial consult £70

£75 hr

£100 1.5 hrs

Block Booking

3   1 hr session s for £ 215

4   1 hr sessions for £ 285

6    1 hr sessions for  £ 430

Group Therapy

£35 per hr  (per individual)



£70 1 hr

£95 1.5 hrs

Concessions  students/low income 15%


£85 1.5 hr


£75 1hr

£100 1.5

Group Supervision

£38 per hr per individual (minimum 3 group members)

Voluntary sector organisations

£65 1hr

£85 1.5 hr

When I work

Mon -Fri 9.30 am to 8pm

Further information

Not able to work face to face, it is possible to connect with Jill via Internet : -Face Time( for those with i pad i phone or Apple computers. ) -Skype and Zoom or alternatively by telephone.

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10 South Lane, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

Set of five steps at entrance . Room on ground floor


In person

Supervision of students and qualified Practitioner’s since 2004.

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