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Dorothy Frear MBACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3BP

About me

During the present Pandemic, I am offering online counselling sessions on Zoom. If you would like to a no obligation free trial for 30mins to explore if this will work for you, please email me from this site. I am also offering face to face sessions if Zoom sessions are not an option for you, depending on availability. Please email for details on Covid-19 safety measures that are in place. These are difficult times and if you need support, my aim is still to offer therapy to help you explore your concerns and work with you to find solutions to the problems you face.

As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I will provide the space for you to make sense of what has brought you to counselling. Although your problems may be overwhelming, you are not alone.

During our therapy sessions together, our work will be centred round developing a safe, secure environment and a supportive relationship. This will enable you to explore your thoughts, feelings and life in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.

I can work with you to help you to grow as a person, explore your choices and help you to resolve crises and problems in your life. Alternatively our work together may be in accepting, understanding or coming to terms with present or past experiences so that you can move forward.

As your therapist, I will work along-side you to enable you to better understand yourself and become aware of your deeper thoughts and emotions. I will help you to focus on what is important to you and identify goals for the sessions. In short term therapy, we will regularly review goals to help you to stay with the more immediate problems that have brought you to therapy. In longer term therapy, you will have more opportunity to explore and become aware of experiences and challenges that have shaped your personality. As the relationship between us evolves, I will help you to develop self-awareness and to make changes in your life.

What I can offer

I offer short-term and long-term counselling.

Short-term counselling can be effectively used to help to deal with present and ongoing problems and to develop self-understanding and insight into patterns of behaviour and ways of being. In longer term counselling and psychotherapy, problems can be explored in greater depth with a view to changing patterns of behaviour.

Whatever problems you are facing, I am here to help, so please feel free to contact me for a first appointment with no obligation to continue. This will give us the opportunity to find out if counselling will meet your needs and if I am the right counsellor for you.

I have expertise in working with adults with a range of problems and in particular, young people aged 16+ and students of all ages.

Please don't hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions about counselling and how we can work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP and work according to their ethical framework. I receive regular clinical supervision and take part in continued professional development. I also have an advanced CRB certificate and professional indemnity insurance.
I can offer Academic coaching either separately or integrated with counselling and psychotherapy.


  • BACP Accredited
  • PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (York St John University)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (York St John University)
  • PG Certificate in Education (University of Huddersfield)
  • Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry


  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • Gestalt Self-development Group
  • Integrative Coach Therapy CPD Group
  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Sex and Porn Addiction
  • Mindfulness for Counselling Practitioners


  • Equality and Diversity
  • Safeguarding
  • Building Resilience
  • LGBTQ+
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Prevent

I have extensive experience in working with young people age 16 to 25 at a Young Persons' Counselling Service provided by the City of York Council and in private practice. I have worked with university and college students for many years. I also have experience in working with NHS referrals and adults for a counselling service in York.


  • 1-2-1 Counselling Service for Adults (2011-14)
  • 29 Castlegate Counselling Service for Young People aged 16 to 25 years (2014-17)
  • 30 Clarence Street Counselling Service for Young People (2017-18)
  • Private Practice (Established 2015)

Prior to completing my training in counselling and psychotherapy, I worked for 25 year as a Tutor of Chemistry and a Progress Tutor offering pastoral care in the FE/sixth form sector.

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

  • Transition
  • Exam stress
  • University life
  • Progression
  • Education
  • Anxiety

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


An initial appointment is £25.

Individual therapy sessions thereafter costs £45 per hour for working adults.

The rate per session for young people aged 16+ and students is £35

Fees are payable in cash at the end of each session or by Bank transfer before the session.

A free shorter session of 20 minutes can be arranged to discuss how counselling might be of help to you and to establish if we will be able to work together. This can be conducted by telephone if that would be help.


Therapy sessions are one hour in duration and booked in advance.

Sessions are usually weekly.

Fees are payable before the end of each session.

Further information

I am situated close to the University of York campus and student accommodation, along the number 66 bus route.

I work from a dedicated ground floor counselling room which is 10 minutes walk from the city walls and Walmgate Bar, along Lawrence Street.

North Yorkshire
YO10 3BP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


  • Appointments are currently available Tuesday to Friday with early evening appointments throughout the week.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Dorothy Frear MBACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

Dorothy Frear MBACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

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