I am a BACP qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Leeds, with over six years experience working within the mental health sector.
What I offer through my private practice is friendly, professional support, to help you through difficult and challenging times. Talking to someone who is separate from the rest of your life and who won't judge you, can help you to make sense of difficult and confusing emotions. From personal experience of counselling, I have found that the process can be a safe space to reflect on anything you are struggling with, develop better ways of coping and learn how to be comfortable and happy within yourself.
I have worked with adults, students and young people in the following areas:
- Anxiety - generalised and social anxiety
- Low mood and depression
- Difficulties in relationships (family, partner, colleagues)
- Work-related stress
- Academic stress
- Disordered eating
- Self-esteem and self-image issues
I’m currently running a small private practice alongside my work as a mental health practitioner in Leeds, offering evening appointments and some morning appointments via telephone or video call, depending on your preference.
I’m passionate about promoting positive mental health and wellbeing and acknowledge that everyone's experience of mental health is unique and individual, therefore finding a private therapist who you feel comfortable with can be tricky, so please feel free to have a read of what I offer in detail below and do get in touch if you have any questions or enquiries.
Background: I have worked in a variety of mental health organisations over the years; as a Psychotherapist for Bradford District Care Trust, Mental Health Practitioner for Northpoint Wellbeing, as a Counsellor for BARCA Leeds and as a Counsellor for Pathways Domestic Violence Service.
My Counselling style: Integrative and relational
Integrative: This means that I draw on different psychotherapeutic styles / therapies depending on your needs and preferences, thus allowing for a flexible approach, as everyone is unique and individual in their own thinking and working style (see influences below).
Relational: Acknowledging and exploring the importance of our relationships, with ourselves, family, friends, others and how these can influence our mental health. Therefore, working on our relationship with the ‘self’ can help to bring about change.
Influences to my practice:
Psychotherapy: Explores how our past experiences and relationships (often in childhood) can influence our thoughts, beliefs and personality in adulthood.
Humanistic: The process of realising and expressing one's own capabilities and creativity – Helping you to develop autonomy. Exploring the exacerbating factors in your life which may be standing in the way of your wellbeing and fulfilment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Which looks at how our thoughts can influence how we feel and behave in the world. CBT focuses on building an awareness and challenging unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviours, which in turn improves emotional regulation.
Thank you for taking the time to read my portfolio. If you would like to get in touch with me to arrange a date and time for an initial appointment, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered member of the BACP (MBACP)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Transactional Analysis (TA 101) with UKATA
- Certificate in Relational Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Mindful Resilience Enhancement (MRE) & Integrated Mindfulness Level 1
- Mental Health First Aid
- Training in counselling by telephone short and long term
- Significant experience working with university populations and student mental health
- Significant experience of working with anxiety related disorders, such as generalised anxiety & social anxiety.
- Self esteem
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
Concessions offered for
Initial session: 50 minutes at £25 - This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss anything that you are struggling with and wanting to work through in counselling. This session also gives you the chance to get a feel for what its like to work with me and if you want to continue after this point we can arrange further sessions.
Regular sessions: 50 minutes at £45
My waiting list is currently closed.