People look for therapeutic support for so many reasons but regardless of why you are reading this, making a decision about which therapist to choose can feel both daunting and confusing. To remove some of the uncertainty I am always happy to have a free initial conversation on the telephone or via Zoom, so that you can get a feel for who I am and how I work.
I work with clients who have a wide range of general therapeutic needs, such as anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, stress and bereavement. What most have in common is a desire to feel better, or happier or stronger and it is my job to support them on that journey.
As a couples counsellor I know that it can be lonely and frightening when things are not right between you and your partner. Often the people who come to me still love each other very much, but need a little help in getting through a difficult patch. Other times they are thinking about separating, but want a neutral space to explore what that really means. I help by respecting your relationship and your choices and by never taking sides or judging.
I am a person centred psychotherapist, which means that my methods are inherently client led. I will work with you without agenda or bias, on whatever issues are important to you. I integrate relational theory into my work, which may involve reflecting on behavioural patterns in your relationships with family, friends and partners. I engage actively in the work, meaning that I will offer suggestions or reflections on what you share with me, to the extent that you want me to.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in counselling and psychotherapy. My training comprised theoretical studies and supervised practical experience over a period of four years, and included a research dissertation on the topic of therapeutic support for co-parenting post a separation.
I am a registered member of the BACP. I utilise theory and practices from humanistic, relational and existential therapeutic models. I believe that we can gain valuable insights about ourselves by exploring how we manage relationships with others; the good and the bad and all the ones in between.
I work with several mental health organisations in North Yorkshire, including Just B and Talking Spaces (St Michael's Hospice) in Harrogate.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have additional training and experience of working with clients who are coping with complex grief, such as for example bereavement through suicide.
I am a member of Resolution; a community of family justice professionals committed to supporting families going through separation and divorce by working constructively, collaboratively and in a non-confrontational way.
From £55.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone or online session
I offer individual and couples therapy, either face to face or via Zoom or the telephone. Individual sessions are generally 50 mins long and couples sessions 60 mins, but longer or shorter sessions can be arranged depending on your needs and my availability.
Individual sessions are £55 and client sessions £70.
I offer appointments Tuesday-Thursday between 10am and 7pm, and I also have a limited number of Saturday appointments available.
I offer appointments on weekdays between 10am and 7pm. I also have a limited number of Saturday appointments available.
My counselling room is located in Princes Square in Harrogate, only a few minutes walk from the train and bus stations. There is typically ample parking nearby, at town centre rates.