BA(Hons), DipHE, Registered Accredited Member MBACP
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I am trained in a number of approaches but first and foremost I begin with a person centred approach. This means I will listen to you and together we can build a way of working that suits you best.
I am here to hear how things are from your point of view. Counselling offers an opportunity to explore what matters at the heart of your life with an experienced professional in a quiet, confidential setting.
Counselling can give you the opportunity to discover ways to make changes that are meaningful in your life. Taking time to sort through your feelings in a patient, non-judgemental environment can really reduce stress and worry and lead to ‘breakthroughs’ in those areas of life which can feel particularly ‘stuck’ or ‘gloomy’. It's my job to support you to do this.
The world of therapy includes various approaches to life’s problems and some of the specialist training routes I have followed offer ways of working with particular dilemmas, such as relationships. If you are interested in peeling back the layers of a problem and looking in depth at how issues from the past may have affected how you feel in certain situations in your life now, we can.
I also have experience working creatively. Sometimes words are difficult and we can bring art materials into the therapy room if you would be interested in working in this way- just ask me when you arrange your appointment. I did a fine art degree before I trained as a counsellor and have completed further training in working creatively in counselling since I qualified as a therapist.
Ultimately, I set out to offer a safe and understanding environment where I will support you to take your time to explore and untangle the sources of confusion and pain in your life. We can have as many or as few sessions as you wish- you decide.
I have more than a decade of experience working in mental health, education and social care. Previously I have managed a community outreach service, run therapeutic art and play workshops for children experiencing learning difficulties along the autistic spectrum, and managed a complementary therapy centre. I worked as a counsellor at Leeds Metropolitan Student Counselling Service from 2008-12 before setting up my own practice so I have lots of experience working with students and the particular difficulties of student life.
Creative Supervision Group
Since March 2016 I have organised a monthly Creative Peer Supervision Group from the Heart Centre in Headingley. The group is popular with Art therapists and Counsellors who are interested in using creative materials and processes for self exploration. If you are a qualified counsellor or art therapist and would be interested in joining us do get in touch. We welcome new members and offer a friendly space to build confidence in working creatively.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
- Certificate in Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy
- Higher Education Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Relational Psychotherapy (DipHE)
- Higher Education Certificate in Counselling Theories and Counselling Skills
- OCN Cert Introduction to Person Centred Counselling
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art (BA Hons)
Other recent training:
- Certificate in Person Centred Creative Supervision (2021)
- Working with Embodiment Online (2020)
- Mindfulness for Health (Leeds Breathworks 10 week course)
- Introduction to Embodied Relational Therapy
- ‘Integrating Gestalt’ (2 years of experiential group work)
- ‘Supporting Change in the Dynamic Organisation of the Self’with Una McClusky, Leeds Metropolitan University Counselling Service
- ‘Creativity, Mental Health & the Psychological Therapies’ Leeds Metropolitan University Centre for Psychological Therapies Annual Conference, ‘A Gestalt Approach to Dreams.’
- ‘Stories as Therapy’ Training with Pete Dominey at Leeds Metropolitan University Student Counselling Service
- ‘Kick Start Approaches to Academic Coaching and Counselling’ Leeds Met Student Counselling Service internal training programme
- ‘Understanding People with Eating Distress’ with Dr Suzanne Heywood from Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders; Leeds Met Student Counselling Service
- ‘Suicide, Ethics and Professional Practice’ with Applied Global Ethics Professor Gavin Fairburn; Leeds Met Student Counselling Service
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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I charge £45 per 50min session I offer a concessionary rate to students and for people on a low income.