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Different things bring us to counselling but choosing who to work with can be hard especially based simply on a photo and a listing. I therefore offer an initial 30 minute phone conversation to answer any questions and explore how it may feel for us to work together.
Life may have thrown you some curveballs recently, or maybe past events are surfacing and you are looking for some help to work through these. You may be struggling to understand yourself, both who you are and who you are in relation to others. Or you could be feeling anxious, depressed or simply that things just don't feel right anymore, that the joy has gone.
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.
I am experienced in supporting people with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, loss, childhood events, cultural difference, childhood emotional neglect, feeling low/disconnected from the world, processing trauma, relationship worries, parenting concerns, 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 and currently work during the day on Monda and Tuesday.
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, can offer more focused activities to help you reach a greater understanding of yourself. I may work creatively, helping you 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. I also draw on Gestalt theory exploring the mind/body connection, as well as understanding some of the neuroscience behind why we act as we do. 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 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 with the option to meet weekly, fortnightly or based around work schedules.
I am a founding partner of York Counselling Practice (www.yorkcp.org). I charge £60 our hour and offer 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.
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, neuroscience and the role the body can play in recovering from trauma and neglect.
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)
- Understanding and working with survivors of sexualised trauma (Zoe Lodrick)
- The couple outside the room (NScience)
- The Wisdom of Trauma (Gabor Mate)
- The Emotionally Neglected Client: Consequences of a Lack of Early Attunement (Dr Kathrin Stauffer)
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)
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Parenting a child with additional needs.
Struggles with being a parent
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Face-to-face sessions are priced at £60 an hour and I offer a free no obligation introductory 30-minute session by phone or in person. I work face to face in central York (Micklegate)
When I work
I currently offer sessions face to face Monday and Tuesdays. I am afraid I don't work evenings