There are as many different counsellors as there are problems, so how do you know who is the right counsellor is for you? Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your life and don’t know which way to turn? Or, feeling anxious and overwhelmed by a current situation? Maybe you want to make sense of your feelings and how they affect your relationship with others? Counselling can be a safe and non-judgemental place to do this and we would work together to explore your thoughts and feelings around whatever you choose to bring to your session.
Deciding to seek help through counselling can be a daunting prospect for many people. Finding the right counsellor is a very personal matter and an important decision as it will impact on how effective your counselling experience will be. To help you decide whether I am the right counsellor for you, I would like to share the following;
I trained as a person-centred counsellor, which means that my sessions are focussed on my clients’ and their needs; what my clients’ bring to a session is always their choice - I will not lead them, offer advice or tell them what to do - but I will work with them to find their own answers and solutions. My aim is to strengthen and empower people so that they have the resources to cope with life’s challenges and limitations.
I am experienced in counselling adults, both for the short-term (six sessions or less) and long-term (over several months). I am committed to continuing my personal development as a counsellor and after gaining my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Doncaster College, I spent a further year completing a Master Practitioner course in Eating Disorders and Obesity with the National Centre for Eating Disorders.
I understand the pressures and worries that many of us face on a daily basis and recognise that not everyone has access to the support or resources that are needed, on occasion, to be able to cope during times of change and anxiety. For some people, counselling can be a way of attaining the necessary tools and life-skills to get through a difficult time or even to turn their life around. Some people may only feel the need for a few sessions, others may choose to spend more time in counselling exploring their experiences and relationships - my aim is to provide a confidential and non-judgemental environment where clients feel safe to do this.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place in a comfortable and discreet counselling room, with free parking on the road outside.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - (CPCAB)
Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity - National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED)
Level 5 Certificate of Achievement in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (ABC)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills - (ABC)
Level 2 Award - Understanding Substance Misuse - (CACAB)
I am committed to my Continued Professional Development and attend regular workshops/training events to enhance my work with clients from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, including;
Working with Clients with Eating Disorders
Working with Trans, Gender Diverse & Questioning People
Working with Personality Disorders
Working with Bullying
Working with Trauma
Working with Borderline Personality Disorder
Working with Narcissistic Personality
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
From £30.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
I believe that finding the right counsellor is essential for developing an effective, therapeutic relationship. To help clients make this decision I offer an initial session for a reduced fee of £30 - with no obligation to continue with counselling.
Subsequent sessions of 50 minutes will be charged at £40.
Eating Disorder/CBT-E therapy will be charged at £65 for an initial 90 minutes assessment and £50 for subsequent 50 minutes sessions.
Students, Trainee Counsellors, Apprentices and Unwaged - Concession of £30 per session.
I am happy to discuss reduced fees for long-term therapy (10 sessions or more).
Skype/Online & Face-to-Face sessions are charged at the same rate. I am not able to offer telephone counselling.
Sessions are usually weekly but this is negotiable on an individuals needs and circumstances.
August 2021 - I have now returned to working with clients in person at my counselling room, in Knottingley - Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 9.30am and 5.00pm.
If you have any questions or wish to clarify any points - please contact me by phone or email. Thank you.