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Counsellor , MBACP ( Attentive Counselling UK)

About me

You might be wondering if counselling can support you whatever challenging period in life you are going through at the moment. I know it takes courage to make the first contact, but I am here to support you. 

Counselling can support you to find clarity in some areas in your life. It can help you to work through complex, difficult emotions you may have after traumatic experiences in life.  Counselling can help you to challenge negative thinking patterns, and give you new tools to cope with difficult situations. 

I offer 20-30minute free phone call for you to find out what is counselling and if it could help you.  You can learn about me as a counsellor and if you feel you can talk openly and honestly with me.  
Counselling relationship is very important part of counselling process.  You need to feel heard and valued as you are. 

I am passionate about supporting you to find a way how to feel better again.  I believe and I have experienced it myself too, that every one of us has capacity to change and find a way,  with right support, to feel better again. 
Some of the issues which I feel can be helped at counselling by talking them through are :

  • General anxious or depressed feelings, social anxiety which you find difficult to cope with and do not know how to start feeling "you" again.
  • Coping with variety of relationship issues either family relationships and relationships at work. 
  • Bereavement and loss. Overwhelming sadness when you have lost a loved one, a pet, a job or anything else in your life. 
  • Stress which has become increasingly difficult to cope with either relating to personal or work life. 
  • Low self-esteem and self confidence, feelings of not being good enough, feeling sad all the time. When you feel really low, finding way out of the low mood can feel hard. 
  • Struggling to cope with chronic illness. And how daily life, your hopes and dreams have had to change. You might be finding hard to cope with constant pain and worry about future. 
  • Trauma either historical or something which has happened recently. The way it has stayed with you, and how it is affecting your life still at many levels. 

These are some of the issues which I have experience on counselling both women and men.

Counselling may not take those issues away, but it can give you ways of coping with them a lot better. It can allow you to move forward again with your life. 

What is counselling

In case you have not had counselling before, just a couple words to explain what counselling is. I still remember how daunting it was to make the first contact with my first counsellor.  I did not know what to expect or what was expected from me. 

Person-centred way of counselling is for me as a counsellor to listen when you are ready to talk. There is no agenda, there is no need for you to share anything what you are not ready to share with me. It can take time to build the trusting relationship, and sometimes you may find that I am not the right counsellor for you. It is okay!

You choose what you want to talk about and what you would like to achieve by having counselling sessions. My role is to support you with this and we will review the progress together.  

As an integrative counsellor, my counselling approach is adapted according to the needs of you as a client.  This might include using CBT, ACT and creative arts as part of counselling process.

Can counselling help?

I know by experience that having the right support can really make you feel better and help you to cope with different life experiences on your own again. 

It can even be that you do not really know at the moment how you really feel, or how to express your feelings and emotions. 

My role as a counsellor is to offer you a safe, confidential and trusting therapeutic relationship which supports you to explore either issues from the past or present.  

I believe that we all need someone whom we can share confidentially how it really feels for us, without any judgements. Someone who listens us attentively.

Walk and talk therapy

Not only do I believe the healing powers of nature, but I also think that walk and talk therapy may suit better for those who are not keen on "traditional" counselling set up. Therefore I will be offering talk and walk therapy after initial sessions in York/Beverley/Pocklington areas.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in counselling skills ( York St John university 2019)

Diploma in therapeutic counselling ( York college 2021). I am currently working towards BACP accreditation. 

Msc (Economics ) 

Prior to starting my own private practice, I have counselled adults at GP practice (NHS) and for a disability and bereavement charities and Frontline 19.

As part of my training and continuous professional development (CPD), I have completed the following additional courses:

  • Online and telephone counselling training
  • Safeguarding children and adults
  • Safeguarding and managing risk through digital media
  • Creative arts level 1
  • Creative techniques in counselling and therapy
  • Creativity as a healing tool
  • Training for bereavement counselling
  • Suicide prevention
  • Neuroscience workshops
  • Trauma workshops
  • Anxiety workshops
  • Walk and talk therapy
  • Research study on working remotely and its effect on mental health

Before qualifying as a counsellor, I worked over 20years in sales management. I am passionate about mental health at workplaces. Due to my own work experiences, I have a very good understanding in dealing with work-related stress and any other work- related issues.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Multicultural issues including integrating into new cultures, feelings of rootlessness and culture shock

Workplace issues including stress, bullying, interpersonal issues, culture related issues

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Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

30min free initial session (telephone )

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Offering both daytime and evening appointments 

Face to face, online, telephone counselling.

Walk & Talk therapy 

Further information

Currently offering face to face, online (Zoom) and telephone counselling sessions. 

Walk and talk therapy available after initial face to face sessions.

Both daytime and evening sessions available. 

Oakdale Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO30

York, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO43

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Additional languages

Finnish

Online platforms

Zoom

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