Diane Slawinski (MBACP) Dip. Therapeutic Counselling.
Are you spending a lot of your time feeling worried or anxious?
Do you struggle with racing thoughts and overthinking?
Are you concerned that something awful might happen?
Do you wake up in the night and find that your mind swings from one concern to another like a trapeze artist?
If the answer is yes, maybe I can help. I can offer you a warm and accepting relationship where you can look at what is going on for you without any judgement.
As we work together we can gently explore the root cause of your worries, so that you can start to address them. During your counselling sessions, I can help you to gain new insights into your problems. Together, we can explore new ways of managing which work for you. This can lessen your worries and help you to feel less anxious. When people have counselling and they start to feel less distressed, they often say that their self-compassion and self-esteem also improves, this helps them to feel calmer and more confident.
If you are considering counselling, I can understand that you might have a lot of questions, and it might feel scary to reach out. I can understand this because I have been in counselling too. Because of my own experience, I understand how important it is to treat you with kindness and respect. If you would like to chat about how counselling might help, please contact me. I offer a free 30-minute consultation and there is no obligation to book any further appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified experienced counsellor and I am a member of the BACP. This means that I work to a Code of Ethics to help ensure that I practice safely.
As part of my development, I keep my skills and knowledge up to date by taking part in regular training sessions. These have recently included:
Online & Remote Counselling
Working with Complex Grief
Working with Relational Trauma
In addition to having my own practice, I also provide some voluntary counselling sessions for a local charity. My previous counselling roles have included working with people who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and those affected by loss, addiction, anxiety, and depression.
I qualified as a counsellor in my 50s, so it is fair to say that counselling isn't my first career. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I gained over 20 years experience of using counselling skills in family law (as a paralegal with my own caseload), the Criminal Justice System and in the Third Sector. I am also a qualified teacher. In these roles, I have supported and worked alongside people at difficult times of their lives, this has taught me the importance of humanity and how a therapeutic relationship can make a difference.
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
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.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £40 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
I offer daytime and evening appointments to work around employment, shiftwork, and caring responsibilities. My working hours are 9.30 until 7.00 Mon - Thur and 9.30 until 2.30 on Fri.
I can offer counselling sessions either face to face or online, or using a mixture of both ways of working.
The face to face sessions in 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.
The remote counselling sessions take place in the comfort of your own home or another area where you can have privacy. These sessions can take place over a video platform such as Zoom or over the telephone.
In our initial appointment, we can spend time discussing which way of working might be right for you.