Hello, I am Bev and I would like to welcome you to Changing Seasons Counselling.
Thank you for reading my profile. Counselling can be daunting yet enlightening and I hope to be able to help you in some way. Through my many years of counselling experience, I have developed my practice through continued training and worked alongside hundreds of clients varying in age, culture and social economic group . Each person, and whatever they bring, is unique and I will help them to have their own counselling experience which will be personal to them.
My work as a therapist began in a Further Education college setting working with young people struggling through adolescence and the pressures that were affecting their day to day life. I also volunteered for Cruse Bereavement assisting people who were dealing with grief and loss - something which can happen to anyone at any time.
After completing two years psychodynamic training at Leicester University and a Person-Centred Counselling Diploma, I furthered my training through Relate and The University of Hull to become a Relationship Therapist. I worked with Relate for 9+ years, during which time I completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice (Couples & Families) through Birkbeck College, University of London. This has enabled me to work with the whole family looking at the different dynamics within families and the alternative perspectives each brings. This work is really helpful when a family feels "stuck" with a problem and can see no way out. I can help the family to find new ways to move forward and re-frame their thinking.
There are times in life when we stumble upon adversity, health issues, financial issues, loss, relationship issues etc. and talking to a professional at these times can help us to feel less confused, more understood and help us to become back in control of our lives.
I can offer individual face to face, skype or telephone therapy and work with couples, families, children and young people (age 5-18) and individual adults. Younger children have found it beneficial to talk about their feelings and emotions through play engagement and in my experience I have seen positive changes in their self esteem, confidence and self-development, particularly in children who ordinarily find it difficult to express themselves.
My experience and knowledge includes working with relationship issues, transitions, family difficulties, self esteem, depression, anxiety, autistic spectrum, ADHD and grief and loss. My style of working combines psychodynamic, person-centred and systemic therapies to offer an understanding, supportive yet appropriately challenging approach to my clinical work, thus supporting clients to effect meaningful change and build better relationships.
- As a Registered Member of BACP, I am bound by their code of ethics and have monthly clinical supervision, regular continued professional development/continued training.
- I have full professional indemnity insurance.
- I am approved and registered with DBS (Disclosure Barring Service).
- I am available for sessions in the Boston Spa/Wetherby area, easily accessible from Tadcaster, Knaresborough, Leeds, York, Harrogate and surrounding areas. I also see clients in Cookridge, Leeds16 at The Tower Clinic.
Please contact me for a confidential and informal discussion. I can help you to decide whether therapy might be beneficial at this time.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you work towards a more positive life.
DURING THE LOCKDOWN I AM NOW ONCE AGAIN WORKING WITH CLIENTS FACE TO FACE AND I AM ALSO CONTINUING TO OFFER VIDEO AND TELEPHONE SESSIONS. Clients have stated to me that during these difficult and anxious times, it is working well for them to be able to have support in place. Confidential sessions take place on Zoom. All you need is to open a free Zoom account so I can send a link for our session together.
I am also available for telephone counselling. Please enquire.
Training, qualifications & experience
University of Leicester – Certificate in Counselling Studies
University of Hull – Advanced Diploma - Introduction to Couple Counselling
Birkbeck University of London – Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice (Families & Couples), with Merit
All Relate mandatory training including Mental Health, Domestic Violence Assessment, Domestic Violence Awareness & Safety Training, Intervention and Individual Structured Interview, Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
Sexual Addiction & Use of the Internet.
Understanding Anger and its effects on you and others.
Therapeutic Counselling Skills for Children (Centre for Child Mental Health).
Telephone Counselling Training.
Child Mental Health Working Together Training – University of Leicester.
Transactional Analysis T101
Children and Young People Psychotherapy Training
Aspire Autism Training (Autistic Spectrum and ADHD) - I currently attend Autism focused clinical supervision and regular ongoing CPD sessions with Aspire Autism Training.
LEGO-based Training - a collaborative Play Therapy that helps communication; social interaction; following instructions; turn taking; problem-solving; building confidence; learning respect; improving listening skills; increased self-esteem; resolving conflict skills and compromise.
Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self Harm
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £60.00 to £80.00
Concessions offered for
My fees start from £60, depending on therapy offered. Sessions will last for up to 50 minutes. Longer sessions of up to 90 minutes can also be arranged as appropriate and will be charged on a pro-rata basis.
Weekday evenings from 5pm
Occasional daytime appointments
My experience includes offering support to clients on the autistic spectrum, either with a formal diagnosis or undiagnosed. For these individuals, feelings and emotions can be difficult to express and communication is often confusing. I have worked with many individuals helping them explore ways of negotiating the world in an easier way. I can offer help to:
* families who have a child needing a more flexible type of counselling approach or need help towards understanding the difficulties their child is experiencing or are perhaps considering seeking a diagnosis
* couples where one partner is on the autistic spectrum and communication is difficult in the relationship. We can work on strategies to help with these differences
* individuals with high anxiety, low confidence and social difficulties who may need help in organisation skills to manage their life better, regulate emotions or manage poor working memory or sensory processing difficulties better
My approach is calm and supportive and I am of the understanding that relationships may be difficult to form so more sessions may be necessary to build a trusting therapeutic relationship together.
I have Autism-focused clinical supervision and attend regular continued professional development sessions with Aspire Autism Consultancy.