Alison Yates

Alison Yates

West Yorkshire


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About me

Why Counselling?
Sometimes we have times in our lives which we find really difficult. We feel we have lost our way, we might feel devastated by life's events, we might feel particularly low and not know why, or we might feel we need a little extra help to deal with life more effectively. There are many reasons why we might feel we need to access some extra help external to family, friends and colleagues. Counselling offers this help, it provides time and space for you at times in your life when you might need or want it most.

Time and Space
As a counsellor my primary aim is to provide time and space within which you will feel listened to and heard, supported in your thoughts and feelings and comfortable enough to explore difficult and powerful emotions. I provide a process whereby you have an opportunity to work through thoughts and difficulties you might be experiencing, with a view to moving towards understanding, acceptance and a changed and more comfortable outlook on life.

At your own pace, in a way that works for you
The work we will do together will be at your own pace and in a way that works for you. I will listen, support, suggest, negotiate and guide our way of working whilst staying firmly committed to helping you find your own way at a time when you might be feeling lost and unsure. I offer a safe, confidential and respectful space that will support you as well as challenge you appropriately in order to help you move forward.

I am particularly mindful of the diverse nature of our world and work in a way that values difference and diversity.

I draw from a range of counselling methods and approaches to reflect the different personalities and needs of my clients. I work with my clients to establish the best and most comfortable ways of working for them. Examples might be: a quiet comfortable space, a creative space, a challenging and dynamic space or any other combinations.

An opportunity to stop, step back and reflect
I feel particularly passionate about offering you time and space. The world in which we live moves at a fast pace. Our technological age might put pressure on us to communicate and deal with more and more things in parallel and many of our lives are littered with judgements, targets and expectations which demand a level of functioning that might put us under pressure. I often wonder how many of us actually prioritise time and space for ourselves in the busy world in which we live. The time and space I offer, whilst mindful of life's necessities, brings an opportunity for you to stop, step back, reflect and actually look at what you need and want amidst the ongoing demands of your life.

General Well-being
I believe that our sense of well-being is affected by the many different aspects of our general health. Our physical, emotional, environmental and spiritual well-being are all linked and our sessions might work with and reflect these links. I am particularly interested in the link between the body and mind.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications:
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory               University of Leeds
Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling             University of Leeds
Awareness in Bereavement Care (Level 2)                 Ascentis
EFT Practitioner. Levels 1 and 2                                 Minds Matter

Other Qualifications:
BA(Hons) in Human Movement                                   Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds
PGCE in Physical Education and Health Education     I. M. Marsh College, Liverpool

I have undertaken many different types of training and am committed to extending my knowledge and experience on an ongoing basis. The subject matter in which I have been recently trained includes:

Eating disorders and approaches to the body and eating
Sexual Abuse
Transactional Analysis
Systemic Family Therapy
Sexual Exploitation
Mental Health and the LGBT community
Emotional FreedomTechnique
Grief and Bereavement


I am experienced in working with adults and young people in the Education, Voluntary and Private Sectors.

  • In the Education Sector, working with adults and young people: Counselling high school staff, young people and parents and supervising school staff.
  • In the Voluntary Sector working with adults: With Cruse Bereavement Care (Leeds) and working for Reaching Out which is the counselling arm of BARCA Leeds. (BARCA is a multi-purpose charity in Bramley, Leeds. It provides a range of services to help people overcome a broad range of issues).
  • In my Private Practice I have experience of counselling adults and young people.

Working with Young People
I have experience of working with young people from the ages of 11 upwards, within the school environment and within my private practice. As a young person I believe that given acceptance and the right help and environment you can find your own ways through your difficulties and overcome these difficulties. As with my adult clients, my work with young people is client centred. That is, we work in a way that feels comfortable safe and respectful for each individual and their particular difficulties. I will regularly check out, negotiate and agree ways forward with you as well as support and guide you through your counselling process.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer supervision to school based staff. An opportunity to discuss in a safe and confidential environment issues that affect an individual working in the school setting.

Therapies offered


I offer a free half hour initial consultation
£40 per 50 minute session
I will also discuss a sliding scale of fees if appropriate to your circumstances.

Further information

I love the outdoors and feel that the environment in which we live and work has a strong effect on our sense of well-being. I also believe in the strong links between our physical health and emotional well-being.

If you are feeling unsure about whether counselling and what I offer is for you, I am happy to discuss over the phone any thoughts and questions you might have.

Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS19

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified