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About me

Do you feel overwhelmed with the stressors of modern day living and would like to explore options for a more fulfilling life? Are you feeling exhausted at meeting the needs of others and find it difficult to find time for your own needs or unable to say “no” to the needs of others without feeling guilty?


Perhaps you need support to develop better ways of coping in times of stress or explore your own ways of behaving and relating with other people. It maybe that you are feeling a sense of emptiness and fulfilment and feel depressed or anxious and are looking for clearer direction and life meaning.

All of us experience difficult times in our lives. It maybe that you are struggling with a specific issue such as relationship or family issues. Maybe you are considering separation or divorce and need to talk through the difficulties. Or are experiencing grief due to bereavement and need someone to talk to but worry about burdening your family or friends.

Sometimes we don’t understand why we feel the way we do, why we think the way we do, and why we behave the way we do. The most important relationship we have is the relationship with ourselves but for many of us this can be the most difficult.

Whatever your reasons, counselling can help provide the opportunity to explore, make sense of, and work through difficult and painful processes which can help us live a happier more fulfilling life with ourselves and in our relationships with ourselves and others.

I am a fully qualified, experienced, counsellor and psychotherapist. I am an 'Accredited' member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  Accreditation awarded by a professional body means that the individual has achieved a high standard of knowledge, experience and development

I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental, confidential environment from where you can talk about anything you want, however difficult. I will listen carefully and non-judgmentally, with respect, in complete confidence. Together we may explore what is troubling you, and begin to find a way for you to reach your own decisions and make your own choices.

I provide both short and long-term counselling, working over a few weeks or several months, depending on your individual needs and wishes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified, experienced, counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I provide a high level of professional competence and care.

I have extensive experience of working with many issues including loss and grief, bereavement, suicide, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, suicide, self harm and relationship issues. I also have 20 years experience of working in the voluntary sector, including nine years experience as a volunteer at ChildLine and two years as a counsellor at Bradford Bereavement Support.

Additionally, I have considerable experience of the corporate world, prior to qualifying as a counsellor. This experience has enabled me to understand the pressures faced by individuals working in a highly demanding work environment and the impact this has on other relationships and our work and life balance.

Qualifications

  • Fully Qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist
  • BSc Therapeutic Counselling, BACP Accredited Course
  • HE Diploma Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP Accredited
  • Specialist Training in Bereavement, Trauma, Suicide and Dealing with Loss
  • Training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Model (CBT)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - Leeds Metropolitan University

Professional Membership

  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • Current Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS)

Further Training and Continuing Professional Development Training Including

  • PODS CDP Training in Trauma, Dissociation and Sexual Abuse
  • Certificate in Bereavement, Grief and Loss
  • Certificate in Working with Clients With Suicidal Thoughts
  • Certificate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Certificate in Working with Defence Mechanisms In Grief
  • Certificate in Working with LGBT Clients Who Are Grieving

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.

BACP

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

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.

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • My session fees are £50 for Individuals and £65 for couples.

Availability

Monday, Tuesday, and Fridays 9:00am to 5:30pm

Further information

My practice is located in discreet offices in central Ilkley.

Ilkley
West Yorkshire
LS29

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

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Anita Dunford – MBACP (Accred) BSc Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Anita Dunford – MBACP (Accred) BSc Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy