Life can be a difficult journey and there are times when you need help to navigate the hard terrain of living and the challenges it brings. You need not be alone. Sometimes you can benefit from the support of a therapist, who although will not have trodden your unique path, is able and committed to remain alongside you to listen and offer understanding.
As your counsellor I would offer a safe, confidential space within which you can find a sense of it becoming easier to ‘just be’ and become curious with what you find. I will be there alongside you to support the direction you choose to move and empower the discoveries you make. Together we will challenge aspects of your behaviour which you no longer find useful and explore what is at the forefront of your concerns, identifying emerging patterns so you can move through life with more ease. So with increased awareness, you’ll have greater choice in seeing where to move next.
There will be times when the road to feeling better can actually involve feeling worse. Counselling can feel like hard work and you will need to bring with you a commitment and willingness to sit with the discomfort so you can be open to the discoveries that come from this. This first step to finding help can feel both difficult and hopeful all at once. I do hope you can find your way through this discomfort and make initial contact.
As a therapist I have experience working with many issues which I list below, however typically I deal with matters arising from relationships, anxiety, abuse, depression, life stage concerns, cross cultural transitions, self-awareness, self-confidence and existential concerns.
You can make contact with me using email or phone, however you feel most comfortable. I will endeavor to respond the same or following day to arrange an initial appointment of 50 minutes. The purpose of this meeting is for you to express the reasons why you have chosen to seek counselling at this time and to discuss what your hopes and expectations are from the sessions. Depending on how you experience our time together you can decide whether the way I work has been helpful and whether you feel you would like to continue beyond this initial meeting.
Where I work
I work from two locations, early weekday evenings from a rented room situated off Poppleton Road as well as the Friends Meeting House in the City centre.
Free parking is available at the Poppleton road location, both at the memorial hall and on street.
Please do be in touch if you would like to know my most recent availability
You can email me or telephone me on 07876 652697 if you wish to discuss arranging an initial appointment.
I would also be happy to speak to you if you had any questions that I may not have covered on this page.
Often I am not always immediately available by telephone, so should you be unable to reach me please do leave your contact details on my voicemail and I will get back to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified, registered member of the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice according to the ethical framework set out by the organisation. For further details please follow this link www.bacp.co.uk
My professional qualifications as a counsellor & psychotherapist are listed below:
2015 - Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) in Counselling & Psychotherapy – York St John University
2011 - Certificate in Counselling Skills –York St John University
2001 - Bachelors Degree in Psychology (BSc) – University of Huddersfield
BACP registered membership number: 169126
Before working in private practice I offered long and short term psychotherapy/counselling at the Spurriergate Centre for almost five years.
I am also a visiting lecturer at York St John University for the postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which along with my private client work, I find endlessly rewarding.
I very much value and am passionate about personal and professional development and continue to enhance my practice by committing to this on a regular basis. This includes all requirements set out by the BACP including professional supervision.
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
- My session fee is £40 and is held for 50 minutes.
- The fee for our initial 50 minute meeting is £20
- I accept payment by cash or cheque at the end of each session and I will provide you with a receipt.
- I have a 24 hour notice period for cancellation.