About me

Most of us at some point in our lives feel overwhelmed by life’s circumstances.  Although counselling may feel like a daunting prospect talking to a trained professional is the first step to taking control of your life and gaining a greater understanding of life's difficulties.  Counselling enables a client to explore their thoughts and feelings and behavioural triggers and issues.  It can help a person to identify ways of thinking and interacting with others and recognising deep rooted thoughts which are responsible for present actions and emotions.

I am a qualified counsellor and I  have experience working with a diverse client group but for several years I have worked as a volunteer with the families and loved ones of those experiencing drug and alcohol misuse and have extensive training working with the person who is having difficulties with drugs or alcohol. My case load has been diverse with presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, suicidal thoughts, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, addictions and PTSD. I also work as a volunteer helping victims of domestic violence both male and female.

As a Humanistic Integrative counsellor, I do not have a predetermined way of working.  Each client is an individual and I tailor my approach to meet with my client's needs. Whichever approach I use I offer my client's a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to enable them to work through their difficult time.

I have a wide range of experience and knowledge working with people from a broad range of backgrounds with various presenting issues. I have experience working with older client's who need to be heard and are experiencing difficulties such as the loss of a loved one or friend, loneliness, depression, anxiety, medical issues and dementia.

I work from two very comfortable town centre premises in Wakefield and Doncaster both are ideally situated close to bus and railway stations.

I try to work around my client's needs so evening and weekend appointments are available.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (hons) degree Counselling Solutions
  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Award in Understanding Substance Misuse
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Additional information

I offer a free thirty minute no-obligation initial assessment via the telephone, .

My fees are:


Telephone Counselling £25.00


£50.00-Home visits

Concessions available


I am available for Saturday appointments.

West Yorkshire

The Therapy Rooms
23 Cheapside
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Barbara Hoy

Barbara Hoy