About me

During the present Pandemic, I am offering online counselling sessions on Zoom. If you would first like to explore if this will work for you, please email or phone to book a free 30 minute trial. I am also offering a small number of face to face places. I will email details on Covid-19 safety measures that are in place prior to booking a session. These are difficult times and if you need support, my aim is still to offer therapy in a way that will be helpful to you.

Whatever way you chose to access therapy sessions, 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. You may be experiencing  anxiety, panic attacks, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship problems or a more generally feeling of sadness. I can work with you to help to reduce these feeling and look at underlying issues. You may be experiencing more specific problems directly related to lockdown, work and family issues in these challenging times.

Alternatively our work together may be in accepting, understanding or coming to terms with present or past experiences that can hold you back. Resolving such issues can be transformative in helping you to move forward, increasing your sense of positivity and purpose,  finding renewed energy and enthusiasm for the future.

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/assessment. This will give you the opportunity to find out if counselling will meet your needs and if I am the right counsellor for you.
Please don't hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions about counselling and how we might 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
  • Working with attachment issues


  • 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 working with NHS referrals and adults for a counselling service in York. I have been in private practice since 2015 offering counselling and psychotherapy to a range of clients including university students.


  • 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)

Other experience

I have recently left the teaching profession to concentrate my efforts on counselling in private practice. I have previously worked for in teaching for 30 year as a Tutor of Chemistry and Progress Tutor offering pastoral care to students and their families 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
  • Academic coaching


Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

An initial appointment/assessment is £25.

Individual therapy sessions thereafter costs £40 per hour for working adults aged 25+ The rate per session for young people aged 16+ and students is £35

Fees are payable in cash or by Bank transfer on the day of 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 helpful.


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

Sessions are usually weekly.

Fees are payable on the day of each session in most cases.


  • Appointments are available Tuesday to Friday with early evening appointments throughout the week..
  • Please email or phone for current availability.

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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Dorothy Frear

Dorothy Frear