Deciding whether and how counselling may be helpful can be a difficult first step. I can help with this in an initial brief telephone conversation or through email contact. If I am not able to respond immediately, I will usually contact you within 24 hours (Monday to Friday). We can then arrange a time for a first session, followed by weekly sessions if appropriate.
Currently I am working face to face in person and online through video conferencing (Zoom) or telephone therapy if appropriate. I have started to see people in central York including some evening appointments.
The room I use in the centre of York is accessible by public transport or car, with public car parks within 5 minutes walk. My room provides a supportive and safe place for us to explore difficulties together, develop insights and consider change. It is discretely located within a professional wellbeing centre.
Being open and adaptable is at the centre of my therapy approach and working together with you I use methods that best suit your needs and preferences. My approach is integrative, and I can use various counselling and therapy methods and skills including:
• Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - a recommended approach for people who are distressed by trauma experiences, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. It can also be used for any upsetting and intrusive memories; whether from childhood or more recent events.
• Psychodynamic and Person-Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis (TA), Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can all help with a wide variety of difficulties.
• As a trained Mindfulness practitioner, I integrate aspects of mindfulness into therapy sessions or I can offer individual support through a mindfulness-based programme if preferred.
So whether you are trying to manage: low mood, depression, anxiety, health, family, relationships, work problems or trauma, phobia and upsetting or sad memories– I am happy to talk with you about how I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (University of Leicester)
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
BA (Hons); MA (Cantab); Post-Graduate Certificate in Education
EMDR Training levels 1-3
Mindfulness Teacher Training Level 2
Senior Accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
BACP registered (Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority)
EMDR Accredited Practitioner (EMDR UK)
Through my counselling and therapy experience of more than 20 years I have worked in various settings. This includes extensive experience in working within short term contracts (e.g. 1 to 12 sessions) for private clients, in the NHS and for Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs). I also provide longer term work for private clients as well as in education, charitable and employers organisations.
I am an established counselling supervisor currently employed by the NHS.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
From £50.00 to £90.00
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
From £50 per session via telephone or online (50 minutes)
From £60 per face to face session in person (50 minutes)
I currently have no availability for sessions.
During the first session we can talk about what has brought you to therapy and how you would like us to work together. I will recommend how we might best approach the issues you are bringing and I will explain how I think I can help. If I am not able to help I will suggest other sources of support.
If you are uncertain about whether therapy is right for you, this will be an opportunity to ask questions, explore your difficulties and get to know more about how it may help you. I do not require a commitment to a number of sessions however, we can talk about what may be most helpful considering your needs.
I will usually invite you to share details of your background in order to make an assessment of the nature of the issues you bring. It also helps me to know if you have had counselling or any type of therapy before, to understand what has helped or not been helpful to you in the past.
If you wish to proceed with further sessions then we can make an agreement and confirm practical arrangements. Of course, you can always try a session or two to see how my approach fits with your preferences.