About me

Something will have brought you to look for help but finding the 'right' person to work with can sometimes be hard. How do we know what we want based on a photo and a listing? This profile shares some of how I work and can help but I also believe in the importance of finding the right 'fit' which often happens best through meeting. I therefore offer an initial free 30 minute session either by phone or in person as an opportunity for us to get to know each other.

About how we can work together
Different things bring us to counselling and whatever they are I am here to help. You may be struggling with a mental health diagnosis such as anxiety or depression, a life event such as loss, relationship breakdown or family issues or it may be that things just don't feel right anymore. I aim to provide a space where you can be listened to and understood and from that explore where you are and what you need.

I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental space, believing that you are at the heart of the work we do. My priority is with you, helping you to find insight, clarity, understanding and fulfilment. In addition to being a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists I bring a wealth of life experience to my work.

About how I work
I use a range of approaches based on the client’s need. I am trained in humanistic counselling and am influenced by person centred, gestalt and emotional focusing theory. A lot of the work I do is looks at how we relate to ourselves and to others. These connections and relationships can bring joy but also confusion, sadness, anxiety, depression, a feeling of heaviness or a message that something just isn't right.

I work with clients on a range of issues including relationship difficulties or breakdown, anger management, parenting and family challenges, dealing with loss, stress, depression and anxiety, building confidence and self-esteem, figuring out life direction, loneliness and working with trauma.

About my counselling beliefs
My belief is that everyone has the capacity to grow and change. Sometimes this can be challenging, but this process can lead to the changes you desire. The relationship we build will hopefully help you feel comfortable, validated and supported through this process.

My qualifications and experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and have an enhanced DBS.

I have twenty years life experience working in education, training and the performing arts and work both short and long term with clients. Alongside my private practice I volunteer for a York based charity offering counselling to those who may otherwise not be able to afford to access it.

I am a founding partner in York Counselling Practice (www.yorkcp.org)

I offer a free 30-minute no-obligation introductory appointment as an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to get a sense of how we will work together.

I charge £50 our hour and offer face-to-face counselling in central York in a comfortable and spacious room on Micklegate.

Please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 07764 528138 if you would like to find out more about how we can work together.

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.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parenting a child with additional needs.

Struggles with being a parent

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


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)

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I currently offer sessions weekdays between 9am and 6pm. I offer evening appointment on a Monday or Tuesday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Claire Glover

Claire Glover