I am a fully qualified BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) registered counsellor offering psychological support to adults and young people (16+) working short or long term depending on your specific needs.
It is sometimes hard to ask for counselling so this may be a difficult time for you.
Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, low in mood, having difficulty coping or unhappy about something in your life....and that's OK- counselling can provide the space and support required for change.
I offer a warm, calm and confidential space where we can work together to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in an empathic, non-judgemental way- offering a safe space where you can explore your emotions at your own pace.
My clients tell me that I am easy to talk too and that I make them feel calm and safe
I believe that we all have the potential to take charge of our lives and that the therapeutic relationship can work to harness that power. Celebrating the best parts of ourselves can help us to grow or change the parts we are less comfortable with.
I will not judge, I will listen and help support you to make sense of things in order to help you develop a more positive approach to aspects of your life, my aim is to empower you so that you are able to make the right life choices for you. I do this by making sure your voice is heard and respected to help bring you greater satisfaction and stability.
Why not take advantage of my free 10-15 minute, non obligation telephone consultation giving you the opportunity for you to ask me any questions.
My Experience includes:
- Social anxiety
- Identity issues
- Loss/ bereavement
- Low mood
- Low self worth
- Lack of motivation
- Post/Pre natal depression
- Self esteem
- Self harm
I currently combine my private practice with working for the NHS as a Mental Health Practitioner, where I am based in a number of GP surgeries around York. I offer 'first response' assistance to patients requiring mental health care. Along side this I deliver brief therapy interventions as part of an individual needs led plan, including talking therapies such as CBT, SFT and DBT. I support clients who experienced PTSD, flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety attacks along with working with clients who struggle to regulate emotions.
Past experience includes- working as college counsellor at York College, and as a counsellor at 30 Clarence Street, young people's service (currently York Mind) supporting 16-25 year old's through difficulties from anxiety and depression to sexual abuse and identity issues.
I have experience of working within the higher education setting, currently in the University of York as Specialist Mental Health Mentor I draw from a Solution Focused, Mindfulness and goal approach, assisting students to motivate and prioritise their studies, as a way to reduce stress and mental health issues.
I have experience working for PANDAS (Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice) service, supporting women and their partners/family deal with the effects of pre and postnatal depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
Practising from a humanistic approach I have the ability to incorporate integrative models where appropriate, as I believe every client is unique so tailoring my approach enables me to work in ways that suit you as an individual.
Introduction to Counselling Skills, York College
University Certificate in Counselling, York St Johns University
PGDip/MA in Counselling, York St Johns University
Other relevant training:
APT-Accredited mental health training in:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- SFT- (Solution Focused Therapy)
- Motivational Interviewing
- DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)
- DICES risk assessment training
- RAID course- Reinforce Appropriate (behaviour), Implode Disruptive (behaviour)
- Safeguarding Level 3
- Suicide Prevention
- Equality, Diversity and Rights
- Rape crisis awareness
- Disability Support Practitioners
- Basic Life Support training
- Working creatively
- Working therapeutically with Shame
Regular Supervision in accordance to the requirements of the BACP along with clinical supervision via the NHS.
I am fully insured and have a up to date DBS check- my insurance also covers 'walk and talk' therapy. Walk and talk therapy is engaged outdoors instead of the therapy being conducted within the clinic. Some of my clients struggle with clinical environments so this is an alternative way of working. Please get in touch for more information.
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
Take advantage of my initial 10-15 minutes consultation time. This is free, it's a time for you to ask questions or let me know a little about your issues or problems.
Thereafter my fees per session are £45.00. This can be paid via bank transfer or cash.
I offer counselling to trainee counselling students.
Resources you might find helpful:
NHS Crisis service- 01904 610700 (24 hours)
Samaritans - 01904 655 888 (local call charges apply)
116 123 (this number is free to call)
Text 07725 909090
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile, and if you require any more information, I would be happy to help. I am available via your preferred method of contact, email, text or phone 07496 267505.