About me

Please text or email me if you would like to have an initial on-line or phone consultation before deciding whether to book an appointment.

What I'd like to offer you: An empathic, confidential, trusted space where you can explore anything at all relevant to you so that you can improve life and maintain that improvement after your therapy naturally ends. Drawing on a number of different approaches to individually suit you, we would be working very much together to explore how you have got to the point where you are now, looking at patterns that are repeating within your life, seeing what you might wish to change and identifying goals. We would also work out what has got in the way of you implementing what would benefit you up to now, together with noticing what is working well for you already. The whole feel of it would be respectful and gentle but with challenges where it feels beneficial for you.

What happens in counselling? The kind of issues that people often bring are:

  • bereavement and loss
  • Covid 19: stress, anxiety, loneliness, life changes
  • relationship difficulties in personal life, life as a couple
  • stress, generalised anxiety, depression, sadness
  • workplace difficulties
  • self-esteem, identity, self-confidence
  • asperger's, autism, ADHD

I work with individual adults and couples online and by telephone and have had feedback from clients that this offers them effective counselling that fits round their life and schedule, often from their own home, sometimes from the workplace or their car. I can offer you a free initial video or telephone consultation where we can discuss your situation and whether counselling might benefit you. You can then make a clearer decision about booking a first appointment. You may have clearly defined goals from the outset but it is common that goals become clearer as therapy develops. We would add to goals and review them at intervals to suit you.

Neuro-diversity: I have a special interest in supporting those with autism, ADHD etc and those in relationships where this may be providing areas of misunderstanding or difficulty for example: executive functioning, exhausting masking, difficulties in understanding and being understood in relationships, mood swings, whether to be diagnosed or not, impulsivity or anything else you may bring. We also pay attention to the strengths which neuro-diversity can bring. I belong to the Aspire Continuing Professional Development Group which meets ten times per year for training and to share good practice and update skills and knowledge in these areas.

What next? Having got to the point of thinking that counselling might well be what would help it can still be quite hard to choose a therapist. These are brief details only - you may wish to look at my website. If you decide that my approach might suit you then I'm happy to book a single appointment where you can see how working with me feels without any obligation to continue. Please don't hesitate to get in contact. If you leave me a message on my phone I will get back to you, usually the same day or the next.

Your safety is important: I am registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and work within their ethical framework. This involves monthly supervision of my work to ensure standards and safety for clients. I attend regular training to keep updated and to be able to provide the best support that I am able for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications and courses attended

  • ​Postgraduate Diploma Counselling/Psychotherapy Level 7
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Understanding Anxiety, Depression, CBT
  • Bereavement, complex bereavement
  • Online and Telephone Counselling 80 hour course
  • Counselling clients during Covid 19 Pandemic
  • How to Help Clients with Anger
  • Transactional Analysis 1 year certificate
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling
  • CBT introduction
  • Bereavement Training - Cruse
  • Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • MIND training on Bereavement and Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Certificate in Life Coaching
  • PODS dissociation after childhood sexual abuse
  • PGCE
  • Stress while studying
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Neuro-diversity Training and Study

  • Regular (10 x per year) Aspire group training and development
  • Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, Attwood
  • Successful Practice When Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Aspergirls, Simone
  • Autism Masking
  • Counselling Clients with ADHD
  • Women and Girls with ASD, Hendrickx
  • Anger counselling course, BACP
  • Genes, Environment and Us, Osgood article
  • Understanding ADHD
  • Different together Conference
  • Autism and Eating Disorders
  • Understanding Autism
  • Working With Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome, Attwood
  • Aspergers and High Functioning Autism
  • The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome, Aston
  • Neurodiverse Relationships, Pike and Attwood
  • Couples Counselling
  • Supporting Dyslexia

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 for 50 minutes - individuals

£50 for 55 minutes - couples relationship counselling

Limited lower cost sessions - please enquire

Availability

Flexible appointment times to suit you

Day, evening and weekend appointments

Fortnightly appointments

Short or long term therapy

Further information

Email me or text me if you would like to arrange an initial consultation or a first appointment.

Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1

The Tower Clinic
8 Tinshill Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS16 7AP

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Donna Wood

Donna Wood