I am an experienced Counsellor, Therapist, Life Coach, Supervisor and Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. An Accredited Practitioner and Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Registered Member of the UKCP and a Registered Member of BUPA, AVIVA and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and I work according to their codes of ethics, confidentiality and good practice.
I hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service - Enhanced DBS certification protecting children, young people & vulnerable adults in my work.
I hold full Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance
To develop my experienced as a counsellor and therapist since 1995, I began my private practice in 2003 to incorporate Clouds Counselling and Psychotherapy, providing counselling and therapy to adults, young people, vulnerable adults, families and couples / same sex couples with a variety of needs. This also includes many years of working for employee assistance providers, offering counselling and support to employees and management both on and off site. I undertake work for Kirklees, Yorkshire Water, PIVOT Educational Consultancy Ltd. and other large organisations on a contractual basis.
Additionally, I provide On-site Support and counselling for companies following critical incidents, post trauma and those companies undertaking major changes. This can be for individuals and groups. Support for mediation, managers and debriefing meetings.
I have presented many bespoke training packages for a variety of organisations including Local Authorities, voluntary and charitable organisations.
My experience and expertise is now available through Clouds Consultancy to corporate clients who understand that they have a duty of care and appreciate that good workplace communication is key to a businesses success.
Continued Professional Development is a key factor for all therapists and I participate in a range of learning, both new and refresher, to provide people the best therapeutic experience I can.
People come to counselling & therapy for a wide range of reasons and the following lists some examples:
- Stress & anxiety, Depression
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
- Feeling depressed
- Anger Management
- Emotional difficulties/ counselling
- Relationship counselling
- Couples counselling
- Separation & rejection
- Past abuse
- Rape / assault
- Family therapy
- Child related issues
- Parenting problems
- Work related issues
- Personal development
- Life coaching
- Decision making
- Post trauma
- Post Boarding school
I provide an independent, confidential and caring therapeutic service for individuals and couples that need to talk things over and make sense of life experiences. I aim to provide an inclusive service irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or disability.
In addition I offer Professional Supervision to trainees / experienced counsellors & therapists, Life Coaching and Equine & Animal Assisted Therapy.
Integrating Yogic breathing and basic movement to help decrease anxiety and depression.
You can explore your therapy in an indoor clinic, outdoors in tranquil beautiful countryside, either walk and talk, or equine assisted therapy, working with a team of 4 horses and psychotherapist.
Alternatively you may choose to have your sessions via telephone, WhatsApp, or Zoom in a place where you feel most comfortable and won't be interrupted.
About My Service
My service provides an independent, confidential and caring service to adults, young people, couples, families and groups with a variety of issues. I offer both short and long term therapy to couples and individuals tailoring the service to meet your needs in a safe and therapeutic environment. Anything you wish to discuss will be treated sensitively.
My counselling and therapeutic work includes many years experience working for employee assistance providers, offering counselling and support to employees and management both on and off site. I have also presented many bespoke training packages for a variety of organisations including local authorities and I have provided on-site support for companies following critical incidents, post trauma and mediation.
Demystifying Counselling and Psychotherapy
By talking things over and making sense of life experiences individuals and couples can learn to understand themselves and make the changes you want in your life. Counselling and psychotherapy helps you to process:
- What you do and why you do it. Through therapy you can revisit repeating patterns, break cycles of behaviour that are no longer helpful to you and live your life in control and empowered.
- Through the therapeutic relationship you can unpick difficulties that feel stuck and free yourself to do something different.
- Therapy offers you an opportunity to improve your mind and mood, piecing it all together.
- Counselling is a process which can help you to identify the " if's, maybe's, could be's" reduce the feelings of "being out of control" and the symptoms of anxiety and guilt. leaving you feeling positive, free of these negative feelings and ready to embrace your life.
I use a combination of different therapeutic styles to suit your needs. For example, I use a blend of Transactional Analysis and Relate methodologies. This helps you to make sense of what you do and why you do it, enabling you to identify the changes you want to make, moving your life in a positive direction. Brief Focus Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provide an alternative process where its problem solving strategies are focused in the “here and now.”
Equine assisted therapy is an alternative way of working in the unique and present space. Horses have a wonderful way of showing us how to behave in 'the now' and de-cluttering our thought processes. They are fabulous role models for the enquiring mind enabling you to find your own solutions using your own internal resources.
I aim to provide counselling and therapy to encourage people to feel good about themselves and to support them in making positive decisions for their future. Through a therapeutic relationship we can work together on issues that you choose to bring and work in a safe environment for change.
What to do Next?
Talk to me “challenge your negative thoughts, choose and achieve your goals!”
Now you have taken the first step and are interested to find out about how counselling, psychotherapy and life coaching can help you, call me for a free informal chat to discuss your needs. Clouds Counselling and Psychotherapy service aims to be flexible with appointment times and frequency and can usually be arranged to suit your requirements. The number of sessions will depend upon you and what you want to work on.
For further information call on 07958728610 for a free brief consultation.
The Transgendered Philosopher - Michael ‘Miqqi Alicia’ Gilbert, Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto, Canada: www.wpath.org
Both these articles and this website are very interesting reading for those interested in knowing more about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (TA Psychotherapy) 2005
Certified Transactional Analyst 2005
Diploma in Casework Supervision 2008
Diploma in the Supervision of the Therapeutic Practitioner 2008
Relationship Counselling (Relate)
Brief Focus Therapy
British Wheel of Yoga Training Foundation course 2019-2020
CBT for Depression October 2012
EMDR and Equine Therapy November 2012
EAT Experiential workshops July 2011
EAGALA Equine and mental health specialist 2014
EAGALA certified/registered MH & Equine practitioner
Disclosure and Barring Service - Enhanced DBS certification protecting children, young people & vulnerable adults in my work
Information Commission Office - certificate ZA261630
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I promote my service as being available to clients regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender or enthicity with a variety of issues, such as loss & grief; sexual abuse; depression; self image and self esteem; stress & anxiety; relationship problems; decision making, etc.
Facing crisis and important life changing decisions
Affairs and betrayals
Lost of direction
Personal or group development
Just wanting somebody independent to talk things through with
Free initial telephone session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Current fees for a 50 minute session are:
£55 for individuals
£65 for couples
£55 for Family therapy + £10 per additional person
Frequency to suit your needs
Group work / on-site and training rates are available upon request
Equine Assisted Therapy £75.00 1.5hrs pp - £55 1hr. pp small group rates available
£30 for 30 minute assessment / taster session
Face to Face sessions Tuesday through to Thursday 12noon –6pm, Saturday, morning negotiable.
Zoom and WhatsApp available during these times making my service accessible throughout the UK
Clouds Counselling & Psychotherapy is based in a rural setting outside of Huddersfield and has been an established practice offering its services to the town and surrounding areas for since 1995. There is ample parking.
Telephone counselling, WhatsApp, or Zoom is offered so that sessions can be at a time and place where you feel most comfortable and won't be interrupted.
Coaching and Supervision
I host a variety of workshops throughout the year, including Shamanic drum journeying with the horses. Workshops and bespoke training available on request.
Equine & Animal Assisted Therapy:
“is about working with a psychotherapist and a therapeutic team of horses; it does not involve riding, or any previous experience of horsemanship”
As an Equine & Animal Assisted Therapist I know and understand my horses and animals very well and can read their body language and facial expressions. I am familiar with their patterns of behaviour and their likely stressors and normal stress responses.
I have the ability to observe and accurately interpret, assess and record my horse process.
With the horse I can help you reach an acceptance and peace within your entire mind and body.