Dorothy Frear MBACP (registered)

Dorothy Frear MBACP (registered)

North Yorkshire

07934 124654 / 01904 416034

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North Yorkshire

07934 124654 / 01904 416034

About me

The difficulties that have brought you to seek counselling at this time may seem overwhelming. As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I will provide the “space” for you to make sense of it all. 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.

Although I can work with you to aid personal growth, explore your choices and help to resolve crises and problems in life, this is not always appropriate. 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 counselling, which 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 more depth.

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 to 25 years.

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 am a member of AICTP (Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals) and can offer Academic coaching either separately or integrated with counselling and psychotherapy.

I hold the following qualifications:

  • 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)
  • I am a Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry

I have extensive experience in working with young people age 16 to 25 including university students. I also have experience in working with NHS referrals, adults and disabled people with a range of presenting problems. In addition to private practice, I presently work for the City of York's Young People's Counselling Service at 30 Clarence Street.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I have worked for 25 year as a Tutor of Chemistry and a Progress Tutor offering pastoral care in the FE/sixth form sector.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


Individual therapy costs £30 per hour payable by cash or cheque at the start of each session.

Student and young persons rate £25 per hour

The first appointment is £25.

Further information

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

Maps & Directions

York, YO10

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Appointments are currently available on Mondays and Tuesdays with early evening appointments throughout the week.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults