Hello and Welcome.
I am a qualified Therapist providing counselling and psychotherapy to adults, young people and children who are experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Counselling and Psychotherapy offer you a safe space and time to feel listened to, accepted and understood.
I offer a confidential, calm, empathic and non-judgemental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences. I work in a person-centred way, meaning I tailor the therapy to suit each individual’s needs, and work with you at your own pace towards experiencing life in a more positive way.
Therapy works best when the relationship between therapist and client is strong, and I aim to build a therapeutic relationship based on empathy, respect, and genuineness.
I describe my approach as humanistic and integrative. Humanistic practice recognises each person as unique and valuable, with the potential in yourself to experience life more positively. As an integrative practitioner, I draw on a wide range of tools and techniques from different therapies to help each individual client. These include CBT, Transactional Analysis, Attachment theory, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, play therapy, creative methods, Solution-focussed Therapy and Mindfulness.
Children and young people face particular challenges as they navigate growing up in the 21st century. My work with young clients is supported by resources, media and play materials, and based in a comfortable, bespoke room in the centre of Wakefield, beautifully equipped for working therapeutically with this age group.
I offer solution-focussed brief therapy, short-term counselling or longer-term therapy, according to your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Practice) from the University of York St. John, and a Masters in (Child and Adolescent) Psychotherapy from The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in Newcastle.
I have attended a wide range of continuing professional development workshops and training courses focusing on specific issues and difficulties, and am committed to continuing professional development (CPD) to increase my skills and knowledge.
Since 2012, I have worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with both adults and children. My work with adults has been with a community-based award-winning charity in West Leeds, and with young adults in a further/higher education college in South Yorkshire. I have also worked extensively with children and young people (aged 5-18) in a wide range of primary and high school settings in West and North Yorkshire, including the private sector.
I bring life experience from previous careers: firstly, as an editor of language learning resources and tutor of modern languages. Secondly, from many years working in student support, management and administration at a large civic university.
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
£45 for a 50-minute face-to-face session at The Therapy Rooms in Wakefield.
£30 for a 50-minute online session (using Zoom).
Monday-Friday daytime and early evening online appointments are currently available.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical framework.
I hold current registration with the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
Please contact me by email in the first instance, with brief details of your difficulties and situation. If I think I can help you, I will invite you for a consultation session. Based on the assessment session, we can agree whether to work together for a series of sessions.
The Therapy Rooms are located in Wakefield city centre, and there is a car park very close by.