I am a BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor with over 19 years’ experience counselling both adults and young people. I am also a qualified and experienced Life Coach, Counselling Supervisor and Trainer.
I have practice rooms in Harrogate town centre and close to Ripon.
My counselling approach acknowledges and respects that people are all unique with diverse experiences, feelings and beliefs. To take account of these differences my approach draws on a range of theories which aims to find a way of working that is right for you. Central to my approach is the quality of the therapeutic relationship - as it is the strength of this working relationship that determines the success of counselling. My experience has shown me that people are more likely to get to the root of their difficulties if they trust that they are in safe hands and feel accepted for who they are. I am not here to judge you or to tell you how to think, feel or live your life. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and your life but that sometimes, we can all find ourselves in periods of distress perhaps feeling unable to think clearly or connect to who we are or where we are going.
My approach aims to support you in making sense of your thoughts and feelings, to gain clarity on your situation and feel better about yourself which can enable you to live a more fulfilling life. The process of being heard without judgement can be an immensely healing process in itself, leading to increased self-belief and self-acceptance. Past life experiences may also have had an impact on you and how you see yourself and your relationships today. The counselling process provides a safe place to explore significant life events and/or relationships which can help you to make sense of them and find ways to move forwards. I work with a wide range of issues and concerns and use a variety of approaches to facilitate you in reaching your goals.
Your first counselling session involves a mutual discussion in which we can establish if we are able to work constructively together. During this initial meeting, I will carry out an assessment of your needs and give you an indication of how we might proceed. I offer both short and long term counselling but the number of sessions that will be needed is largely dependent on the issues that you wish to work through. It is so important for you to feel comfortable with your counsellor and confident about their ability to help you with your issues. With this in mind, you are in no way obliged to continue working with me if you do not feel that I am the right person for you.
I have also had extensive experience working with young people and adapt my approach to fit with the specific needs of young people. I have an Enhanced Certificate with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about me and how I work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor and I am fully insured.
I have an Enhanced Certificate with the Disclosure and Barring Service and have had extensive experience and training in the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Children and Adults.
I regularly take part in Continuing Professional Development to keep my practice up to date.
- MA in Psychological Therapies (Leeds Metropolitan University)
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling (York St John)
- Foundations in Psychosynthesis (Leeds Metropolitan University)
- Certificate in Counselling Young People (Relate Institute)
- Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (University of Leeds)
- Diploma in Life Coaching (Newcastle College )
- Certificate in Life Coaching (Newcastle College)
- Certificate in Counselling (Swarthmore College)
- Certificate in Education (Huddersfield University)
Over the past 19 years I have acquired extensive experience working with both adults and young people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of issues and concerns.
I have worked in a number of different settings including:
- Occupational Health
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
- Education Sector including primary and secondary schools, FE colleges and Universities
- Voluntary Sector
- Private Practice
- I am a qualified and experienced Life Coach and can provide coaching services if a more goal orientated approach is what you are looking for.
I am an experienced trainer with over 24 years of teaching practice in Further and Higher Education and in independent training practice. I am able to provide personal and professional development training workshops on request.
I am also a qualified and experienced counselling supervisor. I offer individual and group supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and to other helping professionals. I co-authored and published a text book for counsellors entitled ‘Getting the Most out of Supervision: a guide for counsellors and psychotherapists (2013).
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per counselling session.
Concessions are considered for students and those in receipt of benefits.
Fees for life coaching, training and supervision services are available on request.