Hi, My name is Diane, and I am a Person-centred Counsellor. I am able to offer warm, compassionate counselling from Huddersfield or Meltham, as well as remote sessions on zoom or over the phone.
While I work with people with a wide range of issues, I specialise in working with people who have issues from their past that continue to make life difficult today.
These past issues could have arisen from a number of things, some people may have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood. Others may be struggling to process relationships that they found difficult. Previous bereavement and loss can be another area that clients sometimes wish to look at. Sometimes though, it can be hard to put the issues that you want to talk about into words, this isn't unusual, and if it helps, we can discuss this at an initial consultation.
When we have unresolved issues from the past, they can affect how we think, feel and act in the present. For example, we might become emotionally triggered and feel overwhelmed sometimes, or we might try to avoid certain situations as they can feel too uncomfortable.
If this feels familiar, I can help. As your counsellor, I can offer you an emotionally safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without any judgement. Often it can feel really important to have the opportunity to share your narrative and feel truly heard. As we work together, counselling can help you to make sense of what happened in the past and find new ways to live your life now.
When people attend counselling, by gently unpacking their thoughts and feelings, they gain new insights and a greater understanding of themselves and their needs. As a result of this, they start to make positive decisions for themselves and feel more content. Many have also said that their relationships with others have also improved.
As a previous counselling client myself, I can understand just how difficult it can be to make that first move and start the counselling process. Because of this, I offer a free initial consultation that lasts up to 30 minutes. This gives us the chance to get to know each other a little more and you can also ask any questions that you might have. There is no obligation for us to work together after this appointment, and everything that you say will be treated with respect.
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 for WomenCentre (providing specialist domestic violence counselling), providing specialist substance addiction counselling at CHART, and counselling those affected by sexual abuse and their families at Mosaic II.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I also used counselling skills in my previous roles which included working in the Probation Service, the Third Sector and Education. In these roles, I have supported and worked alongside people when they were experiencing difficult circumstances. this taught me about the importance of humility and building appropriate relationships. I am also a qualified teacher and I used to teach Counselling Skills at a local FE college.
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
I 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
My working hours are 9.30 until 7.00 Mon - Thur and 9.30 until 2.30 on Fri.
I can offer counselling sessions both online and face to face.
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.
I offer face to face sessions in Edgerton which is just outside Huddersfield and Meltham. Both rooms have parking facilities and they are also on the bus route from Huddersfield town centre.