Do you feel like past events are affecting how you cope with life today?
Do thoughts swirl around and around your head and you are unsure how to move on from them?
Do you feel low, confused, anxious, upset - but you just have no idea why?
If yes to these, I'm sure I can help you!
Life seems to throw us a lot of curved balls at us, and unfortunately it is not always easy to forget and move on. I am here to help my clients develop confidence around relationships and reflect on experiences with a hope to identify the hurdles holding us back.
I am a counsellor psychotherapist with over five years experience working with children, young people and young adults.
I work from a range of therapeutic approaches, which I adapt individually to each client. I aim to be transparent with my ways of working, and on our first meeting we can discuss what you may be looking for and how we can work together to enable this change.
Underpinning all my ways of working is a space without judgement, where I will listen and connect compassionately with you. Whatever you wish to speak about, I will be with you through it, and I aim to help you explore any thoughts and feelings you have.
I believe in the significance of being heard and valued. Within respecting your story, I feel you will build an understanding within yourself through exploring how you have been shaped by your context and experiences of relationships throughout your life. I believe that no matter what you have been through there will always be hope and a space for change in life.
I hold great importance in building a relationship of acceptance, trust and for you to feel safe to talk. With this in mind, it is important that your counsellor connects with you, and for this reason I offer a free half an hour phone consultation/conversation to see if we will be suited to each other.
I have experience working with a variety of themes in the counselling room, such as: childhood abuse and trauma, interpersonal relationships, family dynamicss, domestic and emotional abuse, anxiety, stress, suicide, self harm, depression, bereavement, identity issues, issues experienced by LGBT+ community.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Post graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am comfortable working with those who may have a diagnosis (such as 'borderline personality disorder' 'depression' or 'OCD'), however I believe these diagnoses or labels are simply explanations for what has happened in our lives.
I am passionate about working without labeling clients and for seeing them for how they truly are, without a diagnosis. I work with seeing your story outside of a medical model and seeing you for all that you are.
For me a 'disorder' is a medical label used to catagorise people. Humans are not born 'disordered' and I find this language dis-empowering, it implies those who have a diagnosis are beyond repair, which is simply not the case.
In contrast, I feel a diagnosis is actually our life trauma expressing itself through personality traits which we have developed in order to help us survive or cope.
£45 per session with free initial phone call.
I am based in Wakefield and try to be flexible for clients.
My premises is a short 5 - 7 minute walk from Sandal and Agbrigg train station.
If transport to this location is difficult for you, please let me know.