Welcome to my website, I hope you are keeping well and managing the present situation that we currently find ourselves in. Although this is a difficult and uncertain time, talking and sharing your concerns, worries and anxieties can really help.
I offer an empathic and understanding presence either in person in my calm and airy therapy room in Acomb, York or online or telephone counselling.
Rain happens. Life happens. At one time or another, you may go through difficult times or feel lost and unsure of your direction in life.
You may be struggling to understand relationship issues with your partner, family or work colleagues. You may be struggling to understand experiences, past and present, that have left you feeling anxious, isolated, confused and overwhelmed. You may be finding it difficult to manage your emotions or struggling with negative feelings about yourself.
I offer a supportive, calm and non-judgmental space for you to explore your life experiences and feelings. As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, the aim of my work with you is to help you find your own personal way and understanding through these experiences.
Counselling and longer term psychotherapy offers the space for you to reflect and think about yourself and your life. Exploring difficult issues in your life with a therapist provides an opportunity for you to gain self awareness, discover your choices and make positive changes.
How I work
How our life experiences affect our emotional and mental wellbeing is unique to each of us, therefore my therapeutic approach is a flexible, thoughtful and professional response to your unique way of being.
I believe each of us holds the potential within ourselves to connect with our own inner truth and find meaning and happiness in our life. My role as a therapist is to enable this process and support you in this personal journey.
My aim is to promote your self awareness and understanding and help you gain self confidence and belief in yourself and your choices. I focus on the whole of your experience, your feelings, your actions and your thoughts and to do this we may work together with various creative techniques.
I offer mindful techniques to help you connect with inner calm and manage overwhelming feelings underlying anxiety, depression and stress. Mindfulness is the practice of connecting in the present moment through the five senses of taste, scent, sight, hearing and touch. Research shows that regular practice of mindful techniques promotes emotional and mental resilience and wellbeing.
Expressive Therapeutic Art
I offer expressive art as a means for you to gain self awareness and meaning through creative expression. The creative process is innately healing and offers a valuable non-verbal therapeutic process which helps in reducing stress and anxiety, in self understanding, in releasing powerful or distressing emotions and in recovery from traumatic losses or experiences. For this reason it can be particularly helpful when working with children and young people as well as adults. You do not need any previous art experience in order to benefit fully.
Autism Spectrum Conditions
I specialise in working with children, adolescents and adult with Autism Spectrum Conditions and ADHD.
Attachment, Trauma and Dissociation Therapy
I specialise in working with children and adults who have experienced trauma and provide a calm, gentle and creative environment for you to explore and work through your concerns. Trauma can arise through the experience of accidents, intrusive medical procedures and operations, intrusive dental procedures, witnessing violence and abuse, experiencing emotional, mental, physical and/or sexual abuse, rape, assault and bullying. Unresolved trauma can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, dissociative tendencies, anxiety, panic attacks, addictive behaviours, eating disorders, OCD, depression and low self esteem. When a child experiences trauma, the attachment bond between the child and parent invariably is disrupted which leads to a wide variety of behavioural issues arising for the child.
Child and Family Therapy
I work with children from the age of five years together with you, the parents. I have extensive experience of working with children who experience behavioural issues at home or at school, autism spectrum conditions, eating problems, OCD, anxiety, depression, dissociative tendencies and self harm. I work with you as a family, and provide your child with a safe, creative and imaginative environment for them to explore and work through their concerns with creative Attachment and Play therapy techniques.
Short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy is available and the length and frequency of sessions is flexible.
I work from a calm, spacious and airy counselling room in Acomb, which is ten minutes by car or bus from York city centre. Ample and free car parking is available.
If you feel you would like to arrange a session or would like to find out more please call me or send an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Distinction) awarded by York St John University.
Certificate in Person Centred Creative Supervision
Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Expressive Art for Therapy
Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy
Certificate in Working with Attachment, Trauma and Dissociation
An Insight into the World of Autistic Spectrum
Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum
Lego-Based Therapy for Children with Autistic Spectrum Condition
I am an Accredited Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy reg no: 054543 and adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which can be viewed at www.bacp.co.uk
Member of European Society for Study of Trauma and Dissociation
I also have my own art practice and hold a BA Hons in Fine Art (1st Class)
Enhanced DBS disclosure
I have worked extensively within the voluntary, statutory and private sector in physical and mental healthcare and have wide experience of working holistically with people of all ages, affected by depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, substance misuse, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, trauma, complex trauma and dissociation, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, self harm and more.
I have in-depth experience of working with families and carers affected by a relative's mental health and substance misuse and also of working within a women's counselling service, supporting women from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, with complex and diverse mental, physical and social health needs.
I specialise in working with children and adults who have experienced trauma and have extensive experience of working with PTSD, Complex Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. I have in-depth experience of working with attachment and trauma therapy for cared-for and foster-care children.
I also specialise in working with children, adolescents and adults with autistic spectrum conditions and ADHD.
I provide expressive art group therapy for adults, children and young people of all ages and ability, including children and young people who may be expressing emotional and behavioural difficulties and those who are at risk of offending. I also work with women and their children who experience domestic abuse and homelessness, women and men who are in recovery from alcohol and drug dependency and adults experiencing mental health issues.
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
From £60.00 to £85.00
Counselling and psychotherapy sessions usually are for one hour per week, although this can be negotiated.
I do offer concessionary rates for clients on a low income
Child and Family therapy and Couples, please contact me to discuss your needs.
Unfortunately, I am currently unavailable to take on new clients before November 2021.
Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 5.00pm
I am a qualified supervisor and provide clinical supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists and other social and healthcare professionals.
I welcome working with health and therapy professionals of all orientations. I offer a creative, confidential and supportive environment for you to explore your concerns and enhance your self awareness and professional development.
I design and deliver training workshops to professionals on :-
Working Creatively with Attachment
Working Creatively with Developmental Trauma
Working Creatively with Dissociation
Secondary Trauma and Mindful Self Care for the Professional
Please call or email me for further information and to discuss your organisations particular requirements.
Expressive Arts Group Therapy in the Community
I create and facilitate expressive art group therapy for groups of all ages in the community. Each group is designed to meet and support the specific mental, social and physical needs, ages and learning ability of the group members. My aim is to use art and the creative process as a means for people to re-gain their mental and emotional well-being, develop their self esteem and self understanding, express themselves creatively and build bonds of friendship and support.