Dorothy Frear MBACP Registered and Accredited

Dorothy Frear MBACP Registered and Accredited

North Yorkshire
YO10 3BP

07934 124654 / 01904 416034

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About me

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.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


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.

Maps & Directions

York, YO10 3BP

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults