I offer a space for you to talk openly about what is going on for you, explore what you are feeling and the changes you desire. I am York based working online and face to face.
It may be that you are struggling with what life is throwing at you at the moment or need some help to process past events. Alternatively you may have a mental health diagnosis and just want to feel better about yourself and life. Or it could be that things just don't feel right anymore, that the joy has gone from life.
I am here for you. I offer a space to explore what is going on for you and, at your own pace, help you to gain insight, understanding, peace or fulfilment.
No charge initial phone session
Choosing which counsellor to work with can be hard (especially when you are choosing simply on a photo and a short blurb!). I therefore offer an initial free of charge 30 minute phone conversation to explore what you need and how it may feel for us to work together.
Qualifications and Experience
I am a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I trained in humanistic counselling and am influenced by person centred, gestalt and emotional focusing theory.
I am experienced in supporting people with a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, parenting concerns, anxiety, depression, loss, childhood events, cultural difference, feeling low/disconnected from the world, health concerns, processing trauma and figuring out life direction and sense of self.
I have twenty years life experience working in mental health, education and performing arts and have lived and worked overseas for a period of time. I work both short and long term with clients.
How we could work together
I believe that you are at the heart of the work we do but am aware that this in itself can sometimes feel quite overwhelming. I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental space for you to express yourself and, as appropriate, will offer more focused activities to help you reach a greater understanding of yourself. I sometimes work creatively with clients, helping them to access others areas of the brain to gain insights and to explore what may be hard to put into words.
I work from a relational point of view, finding that often the way we connect with ourselves and with others influences are emotions and ways of being. Exploring this further and spending time understanding who we can leave us feeling happier and more at peace.
I believe we all have the capacity to grow and change within us. This process may bring up challenges but it can lead to the changes you desire. The relationship we build will hopefully help you feel comfortable, validated and supported through this process.
Our first session
Our first session will be an opportunity for you to explore what has brought you to counselling and explore any aims you may have. I will also explain a little more about the way I work and there will be plenty of chance for you to find out anything you would like to know about me or our work.
Counselling is a very relational thing and so the first session will be an opportunity for us to start to build this relationship and I hope to offer a place that feels safe, supportive and receptive to what you need. Sessions after that are based around your needs and schedule. I offer flexible ways of working (online/face to face) and also the option to meet weekly, fortnightly or as and when you would like.
I am a founding partner of York Counselling Practice (www.yorkcp.org). I charge £50 our hour and offer online and face-to-face counselling in central York in a comfortable and spacious room on Micklegate. I am always happy to chat to perspective clients about what they need and how I work and so please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 07764 528138.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- PostgradDip in Counselling - University of York St John - Distinction
Certificate in Counselling Practise – York College and University of York St John – Distinction
- BSocSci – University of Birmingham – 2.1
I have completed a number of professional development days, including:
- Introduction to Gestalt (Manchester Gestalt Centre)
- Working with depression (Manchester Gestalt Centre)
- Emotional resilience: helping children and families (BACP)
- Working at Relational Depth (Northern Therapeutic Alliance)
- How to help clients with their anger (BACP)
- Adult Grief (Just ‘B’ Bereavement Support)
- Domestic Abuse in Therapy (Wellspring Therapy)
As required by the BACP, I attend monthly supervision and abide by its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am also DBS checked.
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
Parenting a child with additional needs.
Struggles with being a parent
Face-to-face sessions are priced at £50 an hour and I offer a free no obligation introductory 30-minute session by phone or in person. I work in central York (Micklegate) as well as online.