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About me

“There must be better songs to sing than this” Educating Rita (1983)

Hi, my name is Diane. I work with people who are fed up with how they are feeling at the moment and they want something to be different.

Perhaps they’re feeling disillusioned, tired, and confused and they want to investigate why.

Maybe they are struggling to make sense of their feelings around a particular relationship?

Maybe they are worried about what's happening at work?

Sometimes they can have concerns about the well-being of parents or children...

Or, maybe they feel so overwhelmed by meeting everyone else's needs, that they forget to take care of themselves?

If this feels familiar, maybe I can help? I can provide you with a confidential safe space to look at what is going on for you. Together, we can explore your thoughts and feelings. This will help you to understand yourself better and find new ways to move forward.  It’s often not just about finding out who you are, but also it's about finding out who you’re not.

When people work with me, they have the space to explore their concerns, and they’re able to recognise that they are important too. It’s so easy for us to become lost in the needs of others, but I help you to feel more confident in making decisions that are right for you.

The thought of having counselling and introducing change can feel very scary. It can make you wonder where you’ll end up. I understand this personally because I have had counselling myself, this is why I feel it is so important to treat people with kindness and respect. So, if you’re looking for change, please contact me to see how I can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified experienced counsellor and I am a member of the BACP.

In addition to having my own practice, I also work for a local organisation as a counsellor. In this role, I specialise in working with people who have experienced domestic abuse. My previous counselling roles have also included working with male and female survivors of sexual abuse and those affected by loss, addiction, anxiety and depression.

I keep my skills and knowledge up to date by taking part regular training sessions. These have recently included:

Online & Remote Counselling

Treating Shame

Working with Complex Grief

Working with relational Trauma

Prior to training as a counsellor, I had several years’ experience working with people and using counselling skills with adults and young people.

I also taught Counselling Skills and Health & Social Care in a local Further Education College.  Working within all these environments have taught me the importance of not judging others and treating people with respect, care and dignity.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I help people who are struggling with their feelings around difficult relationships. This relationship can be with partners, friends, relatives, or even our self.

I also have a particular interest in working with clients who have experienced negative childhood experiences, these experiences can include abuse, neglect or wider instances where needs might not have been met. Adverse experiences can occur when a client's parents have had their own difficulties to manage. These difficulties might have included divorce, mental health problems, substance misuse issues, custodial sentences, and domestic abuse.

Whatever your circumstances, I aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your feelings and emotions. This space, and the chance to be really heard, helps clients to make sense of the past and find new ways of moving forwards.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £45 for 50 minutes

I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation without obligation. Hopefully, this will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have and to get to know me a little better.

I offer a small number of reduced-rate spaces  to counsellors in training  - please feel free to contact me for details


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I offer daytime and evening appointments to work around employment, shiftwork, and caring responsibilities.  My working hours are 9.30 until 7.30.

Further information

I offer face to face sessions from Edgerton which is just outside Huddersfield.  The counselling room is well ventilated and follows Covid guidance but at the same time, it feels cosy and private. The building has parking facilities and it is also on the bus route from Huddersfield town centre.

I also offer remote sessions. These sessions can take place over a video platform such as Zoom or telephone counselling is also available.

Therapy Huddersfield, Independence House
Holly Bank Road
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms



Diane Slawinski (MBACP) Dip. Therapeutic Counselling.

Diane Slawinski (MBACP) Dip. Therapeutic Counselling.