About me

Often our anxieties and difficulties can weigh us down and we are unable to find a way forward.  Our thoughts and feelings can be confusing and talking to friends and relatives about our concerns may be too difficult. I provide a confidential, safe, respectful and non-judgemental space in which you can explore your difficulties, gain insight and discover a way forward.

I am an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I provide a counselling relationship where you are heard, understood and accepted. This is extremely powerful because it allows you to open up and express all of your emotions, feelings and thoughts. This new awareness and clarity leads to the potential for positive change.

The foundation of my therapeutic work is Person Centred. I firmly believe that we are our own best expert but that sometimes we need a helping hand to find ourselves again. Where appropriate I also draw on other therapeutic techniques, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. My interest in trauma lead me to train in EMDR, a psychotherapy for traumatic memories and other adverse life events.


How to get started with Counselling
I know that deciding whether counselling is right for you can be daunting, never mind deciding which counsellor is a good match for you.   I therefore offer a 20 minute consultation, free of charge, which can help you make your decision. This can take place over the telephone or face to face if you prefer.

Just Email me or call me and I will get back to you as quickly as I can. We can then arrange our initial 20 minute consultation where we can discuss what to expect from counselling, look at what you want to achieve and you can gain a feeling of what I will be like to work with. If you feel comfortable and decide that counselling is for you, we can then arrange our first counselling session.

We would then normally book weekly sessions - the number of sessions is entirely up to you. 

If you want sessions on a weekly basis I am able to offer the same appointment time each week.

I am able to offer remote sessions via zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an MA in Clinical Counselling and am an accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).  I abide by their Ethical Framework for The Counselling Professions. I am listed on BACP's voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  This register is accredited by the Professionals Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

In addition to working with my private clients, I also work as a staff counsellor for a number of businesses. I was previously employed by a very successful Mental Health Social Inclusion Programme; I have worked in the NHS as a Staff Counsellor;  and for 5+ years I gave my time voluntarily to a local Counselling Charity.  My earlier career was in a Corporate environment providing Training and Coaching and then I spent a period of time running a small business.

I hold Healthcare Professional Recognition with Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, Vitality Heath and Aetna. I am therefore able to work with their members through their insurance scheme.

My training and experience has enabled me to work with a diverse group of people dealing with a variety of difficult situations.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Stress, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, panic attacks and phobias
  • Trauma
  • Work related issues, work related stress, bullying, redundancy
  • Post natal depression, traumatic birth and pregnancy related issues
  • Depression
  • Childhood sexual and physical abuse
  • Relationship issues, difficulties or breakdown
  • Low self esteem, lack of confidence,
  • Substance abuse and risky behaviours
  • Anger, rage, betrayal, guilt, shame
  • Illness and life changing illness
  • Bereavement and loss

My specialist areas of interest include anxiety and its management and Trauma. I have a specialist interest in perinatal difficulties, for example traumatic birth experiences, miscarriage, stillbirth and postnatal depression. My research into the impact of traumatic childbirth has been published and forms a chapter in the book "Listening to less-heard voices".

I keep up to date with the latest developments in psychology and neuropsychology and attend regular training and workshops. I am currently near completion of a Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision. Recent training has included:

EMDR (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4) (EMDR Masterclass)

STORM Risk Management Training (Suicide Prevention)

Mindfulness

Solution Focused Approach to Counselling

Christiane Sanderson's - The Web of Shame

Dealing with Distress (working with self harm and suicide)

Working with the Inner Child

Sleep and the 8 hour myth

Trauma and the body

DID and dissociation

Motivational Interviewing

Anger, Rage and Relationship

Working with Self-Harm

Shame & Guilt

Working with Bereavement & Loss

Working with Male Clients

Historic Childhood Sexual Abuse

Working with People with Borderline Personality Disorder.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Traumatic Birth Experience

Perinatal Counselling

Fees

From £65.00 to £75.00

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP
  • Vitality

Additional information

£65 per 1 hour session via zoom.

£75 per 1 hour face to face session. 

Longer sessions can be arranged on a pro-rata basis.

Concessions available for trainee counsellors who require therapy as part of their training course.




Availability

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,  08:30 - 19:30

Wednesday 09:00-16:30

Friday 09:30-16:00

Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2

Ilkley
West Yorkshire
LS29

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Ann Todd

Ann Todd