Do be in touch if these exceptional times have been a strain on your relationships. I'm a very experienced Relate-trained couple counsellor, specialising in Relationship Therapy. I offer counselling for individuals, couples and adult family members.
I'm based in Leeds but I'm working online, so I can work with you where ever you live in the country. Partners and family members can also join the counselling from different locations during the same session, when working online.
It's understandable that you may be feeling anxious, sad or depressed if you have had troubled relationships recently. You may be feeling low in self-confidence or have low self esteem. It may be that you have had events in your life such as affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, beaveavements and losses.
I provide a good talking space for moving forward with the way you’d like your relationships to be. I create a non-judgemental environment. Through coming for counselling we would explore together your hopes, bringing out your own ideas and skills more fully.
Our initial counselling session will aim be a useful combination of what you are wanting and what I offer, coming up with a plan together. You will be able to ask questions about the way that I work.
Continuing with counselling
Our on-going sessions aim to broaden your understanding of the way you are in your relationships and provide an opportunity to experiment with different, more preferred, ways of being.
Situations where this approach is useful
As an individual you may want to come on your own to work with any of your relationship concerns. These may be making you feel anxious, stressed, sad or depressed. These could be from the past or present about any of the important people in your life such as partners, family, friends or colleagues. It might be about a particular incident, family issues or a repeating pattern in your relationships.
In couple counselling, this approach is helpful for a variety of problems which could include: communication problems; arguments and rows; an affair, betrayals; feeling unsatisfied in the relationship; sexual difficulties; a partner experiencing depression; health problems; and difficulties managing changes in your life; separation and divorce.
Family counselling can help you communicate better together about family issues and manage changes in the family. These could be changes due to separation and divorce.
Relationship counselling is not suitable for situations where there is on-going Domestic Abuse.
The number of sessions
How long you come for counselling often depends on what you are hoping for and how in-depth you want to go. You are not limited in the number of sessions you can have.
If you are coming as a couple or family most of these sessions will be together but individual sessions can be helpful too.
What previous clients have said about me
Previous clients have described me as patient and kind. There’s often laughter and good humour in my sessions too.
Many of my clients have valued using creative approaches in our sessions such as using writing, drawing and music. This can help get a better understanding of emotional experiences.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by its Code of Ethics and Practice and subject to its Professional Conduct Procedure. Accreditation means that I have provided proof of my skills to the BACP.
I have an MA (with Distinction) in Relationship Therapy through Relate. I also went on to teach this course to others and then Relate’s more recent training course.
I worked for Relate in Leeds city centre for many years and have had the privilege of working with a great variety of people, bringing all sorts of problems and hopes to counselling.
My training and practice is based on a blend of counselling theories: Systemic (thinking about the influence of your networks); Narrative therapy (concerning the stories you have about yourself); Psychodynamic (the impact of the past on the present); and Attachment theory (regarding your relationship bonds).
Previously I was a hospital pharmacist specialising in cancer care. I also worked in community pharmacies. This has given me an interest in thinking about what is helpful in improving physical and mental health and managing ill health.
Other qualifications include:
. Online couples counselling
. EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) initial training
· Couple Therapy for Depression: The Exeter Model
· Foundation in Groupwork practice
· Therapeutic Counselling Skills for Young People (The Centre for Child Mental Health)
I practice mindfulness and self-compassion.
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
Concessions offered for
Individuals, couples and families are all charged the same rate of £50 per 50 minute session. During the Coronavirus outbreak I am able to offer a reduced rate of £35 to those financially impacted by the crisis and to key workers.
I ask that sessions are paid on the day of the session. If you need to cancel a session I ask you preferably give 48 hours notice. If you need to cancel on the day of a session there will be a charge of £25 (£15 reduced rate).
For webcam counselling I have lots of availabilty and can be flexible about times.
I am offering a reduced rate of £35 per session for anyone financially impacted by the pandemic.