COVID 19 UPDATE; I am really pleased to say I am now in a position to welcome back clients to my beautiful private therapy room near Pocklington for face to face counselling. I am still offering on-line and telephone counselling for any client who would like to use these platforms and obviously we are still living with a certain degree of uncertainty so things may well change. Please contact me if you have any queries or concerns.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor offering confidential, one-to-one support, to adults and young people from my safe and comfortable practice.
Do you feel you are ready to talk about anything that is troubling you, without pressure and the fear of being judged?
I am really passionate about helping those who are struggling and believe that everyone is unique. Life can be very hard at times and taking time out to talk to someone who is respectful, non judgemental and listens empathically can help you to reflect upon and gain insight into your unique life experiences. An understanding of our dilemas, emotions and experiences can help us to make sense of them and move forward.
I work mainly from a humanistic integrative approach. This means that the central aim of my counselling practice is not about telling you what to do, but promoting empowerment through the development of a trusting relationship where you can feel safe to get in touch with emotions and inner feelings. I adapt my counselling according to the needs of the client. As an integrative counsellor I also draw from my knowledge of other approaches such as mindfulness, relaxation, the use of creativity in therapy and CBT. I believe that everyone is unique, but that we often have problems in common. I listen closely to an individual's problems and work collaboratively with each client, either short term up to 6 sessions or longer term.
Alongside my private practice I work with young people as student counsellor at Leeds University. My adult work includes working within the NHS in Hull and York, counselling adults who have a wide range of mental health needs including; depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, stress, eating and body image disorders, bereavement, panic attacks and anger management.
My counselling room is near Pocklington. I offer a private, confidential space, where you can be free to talk at your own pace, without judgement, about any concerns which are troubling you.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (York St John University)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (York St John University)
Cultural Awareness Training (Open University)
Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Hull College)
PG Certificate in Education (Hertfordshire University)
BHum Communication Studies (University of London, Goldsmith's)
Recent CPD (Continuous Professional Development) includes:
Working online and telephone (Counselling Tutor)
Rewind (to help working with trauma)
Introduction to Psychodrama
Trauma, Attachment and Response
Person-Centred Creative Therapy
Creative Techniques in Therapy,
Substance Misuse Awareness
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor, I spent 20 years in industry working closely with businesses on their global relocations. I have a great deal of experience and understanding of work related stress and cultural issues.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural issues including culture shock and difficulties with integrating.
Relationships between parents and their children.
Work Related Stress.
£20 for an initial consultation (40 minutes).
£40 1 hour session
£30 (under 18) 1 hour session
Fees payable by cash or cheque or in advance of the session by BACS
Choosing a counsellor can be difficult which is why I offer the initial consultation at the discounted rate. It gives you the opportunity to see if counselling is right for you and if we can work together.
I am available on some evenings (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and occasional weekends.
I can offer evening and weekend appointments.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP) and am bound by its code of ethics.
I hold full professional indemnity insurance
I hold a DBS certificate