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(MBACP) Dip. Therapeutic Counselling

About me

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

Treating Shame

Working with Complex Grief

Working with Relational Trauma

Bereavement Counselling Training

I currently work with individual clients in my private practice. I am also a qualified teacher, and in the past, I have taught Counselling Skills at a local FE college. 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 had around 20 years of experience in using counselling skills in my previous roles. This included working in the Probation Service, the Third Sector and Education. Throughout my career, I have supported people when they were experiencing difficult circumstances such as domestic violence, bereavement and emotional abuse. Although these positions were in different settings, together they taught me about the importance of building relationships with the people that I work with. They also showed me just how much it mattered to be non-judgemental,  and most of all to remember that we can all be vulnerable and fallible. 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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Fees

£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 telephone 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

When I work

 I have client appointments between 9.30 and 7.00 Mon - Thur. 

At the moment, I have availability for online counselling & appointments at Meltham on Mondays and Tuesdays in the daytime. 

Further information

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.

Therapy Huddersfield, Independence House, Holly Bank Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3HN

The Carlile Institute, 54 Huddersfield Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, HD9 4AG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom