Picking up the phone/emailing to ask for help and starting therapy can be very daunting. It takes real courage to face our problems and accept that you might need help and support to tackle them.
You might have unhealthy patterns of behaviour which are getting in the way of life, have anxiety and depression, relationship issues, dealing with cancer or feeling vulnerable and alone since the pandemic started.
You might just feel there is something not quite right and that often means that stuff from the past is influencing you in the here and now of today. I work with many clients supporting them to recover memories from childhood that are difficult and are still getting in the way subconsciously or consciously. Abuse both physical, mental emotional and physical can be difficult to move on from but reparenting and healing is often a life changing journey.
Making that initial contact is sometimes the hardest part of the journey and being held by an empathic and warm therapist can help make that first step a positive one. I am an experienced, Integrative Therapist and enjoy working with a wide variety of clients of all different ages and backgrounds. My working week is varied as I run my private practice from rooms in the centre of Harrogate but I also volunteer with a charity, and work with women aged 30+ struggling with the impact of menopause online. This variety means I get to work with lots of different issues and am continually learning from clients.
Working as an Integrative therapist, means simply that I am not tied to one form of therapy theory e.g. CBT, but instead integrate a number of relationally based tools when supporting clients. This works well for clients as they all bring their own particular problems and difficulties. I approach my work with clients on an individual basis, each person is unique and their experience in the world will be different to the next and to my own.
How can I help you
I believe that most of our mental health issues arise through conflict we have with those around us either as a child growing up or at any other time, whether this is with difficulties in families or with friends and partners. This kind of conflict brings much anxiety and questioning of ourselves. Its hard to make sense of it without support.
If you feel this rings true for you please get in touch to understand how I may be able to support you. I offer a complimentary initial session on the telephone to understand what you would like to achieve in therapy (if you know). This initial contact, puts anxious minds at ease in a relaxed and informal way and you can then decide if you would like to book a session with me face to face. Its useful to understand what therapy might involve and to get a feel for the issues and most importantly if you feel you can talk to me.
During recent times I have continued to see clients in person and I also work online and on the telephone where this isn't possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I retrained in my early 40's, having had a career in business, gaining a distinction in my Post Graduate studies at Leeds Beckett University. As well as running my private practice, I have worked at Wellspring Counselling and Training, a mental health charity in Harrogate, both in a volunteering capacity and as an Associate Counsellor.
- Post Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy PG Dip (Dist) Leeds Beckett University
- Post Graduate Certificate in Inter-Personal Skills and Counselling
- Interpersonal Skills Training
- EFT Practioner Level 2 (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
- I have an Enhanced and fully updated Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and work within their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. I have also trained in Working with Crisis, ASSIST Suicide Prevention, Disordered Eating, Trauma and Dissociation. I have worked extensively with anxiety and childhood trauma.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Please discuss your individual requirements for therapy with me. Concessions may be able to accommodated.
I work both from private consulting rooms in Harrogate town centre and online using Zoom.
I offer 60 minute (1 Hour) appointments either on line, in person (face to face) or on the telephone. Please get in touch to discuss what type of therapy and timings would suit you.