About me

As an integrative therapist, I regularly work with individuals, couples and young people who struggle with issues such as Anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, panic attacks, Family related issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anger management issues, Couples/Relationship issues, Bereavement and gambling addiction.

Are you struggling with some of the issues above? Perhaps you have tried to work on them yourself but are feeling stuck or lost? Is it time you dealt with your problems and moved forward with your life?   I am able to work with many more issues that life presents so please contact me for an initial chat to see how I can help you.

I am a qualified Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist covering Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding areas in North Yorkshire and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work in an empathic, person centred way, with my clients needs at the forefront of all work I undertake. I am able to use my training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), short term dynamic therapy, psychodynamic therapy and relationship training to help individuals work on their issues.

You may be looking for counselling because you are struggling with generalised anxiety, a relationship or family issue, It could be that you simply feel that you have identified issues that you felt you had dealt with and now want to make changes to your life and would like some help, support or to speak to someone who is impartial and not a friend or family member.

A good, trusting counselling relationship is important to help you to overcome problems and to help you understand and overcome difficulties in life. I ensure that counselling provides an opportunity for you to make sense of your life experiences. Working together we can explore problems that have arisen and work out new coping strategies to ensure good emotion resilience in future.

If you feel it's time to move forward, then please contact me to discuss your concerns and to arrange an initial assessment.

During our initial assessment, we can then work together on the best way to help you move forward with your life. This might mean meeting for regular sessions however, some clients find that just one session is enough to gain clarity about your issue. We can have telephone sessions, meet face to face or via online methods for instance Skype, Zoom and FaceTime.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma HE in Therapeutic Counselling Level 5 (DIPHE)
  • Certificate in Counselling & Therapeutic skills
  • Portage certificate for working with Individuals with Special Needs
  • Certificate in working with couples/relationship therapy
  • TAPP Adolescent certificate (Tavistock centre)
  • Child Sexual Exploitation Certificate
  • Certificate in CBT
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Gambling Addiction Training
  • Negotiator Training
  • Self-harm and Suicide Training

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 am able to offer workplace counselling and can bring my services to your organisation. A happy workforce is a more productive workforce and noticing when staff are struggling with issues and being proactive to offer support, demonstrates to the employee that they are a valued member of staff.

I am able to offer workshops for small groups in relation to stress, anxiety and coping strategies.

I can offer counselling to clients with gambling problems and partners of gamblers who have been affected by the results of gambling


Additional information

  • Fees are £50 per 50 minute session for individuals, which is payable in cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
  • Fees are £60 per 50 minute session for couples, which is payable in cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
  • If a session is missed with less than 24 hours notice then the full fee is payable.


I am flexible with my appointment times and always try to accommodate my clients needs. I work evenings and daytime as I realise that being flexible is important to my clients.

Further information

  • Anxiety Issues and Generalised Anxiety Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Couples Work
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem & lack of self-confidence
  • Bereavement / Loss
  • Effects of Childhood Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Affairs and Betrayals
  • Self Harm
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Suicidal related issues
  • Addiction
  • Phobias
  • family issues
  • Separation and Divorce
  • childhood issues
  • Gambling Addiction

17 East Parade
North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Unfortunately, I work out of an old building and there are a few steps to the main building, however a meeting room on the ground floor can be made available for sessions if required.


Diane Smith

Diane Smith