Dorothy Frear

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MBACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
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York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3BP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer counselling sessions on Zoom, in person or a mixture of both. My aim is to offer therapy in a way that will be easily accessible and helpful to you in a safe, secure and compassionate environment. Although your problems may be overwhelming, you are not alone in your quest to make sense of it all and move forward in a positive way.

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

I will 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 and confusion. 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 relationships, education, work and family issues especially 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 what you want to explore in the session. In short term therapy, we will regularly review our work 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 and move forward in a different way.

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 or request a call if you have any questions about counselling and how we might work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited and 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 Accreditation
  • 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

Recent CPD

  • Counselling on-line
  • Self Esteem
  • Early Emotional Neglect and the Adult Client in Therapy
  • Understanding and Supporting ADHD
  • Building Resilience
  • LGBTQ+ Building a Gender Affirming Practice
  • Working with Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Questioning Clients
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociating
  • Working with Shame
  • Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment

I have extensive experience in working with adults and NHS referrals at a counselling agency in York and young people age 16 to 25 at a Young Persons' Counselling Service provided by the City of York Council. I have been in private practice since 2015 offering counselling and psychotherapy to a range of clients including university students, young people and adults.


  • 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 previously worked in the teaching profession 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

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Transitions
  • Stress relating to work and education
  • Coping with university life
  • Parenting older children/teenagers
  • Family problems, past and present
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Academic challenges and progression

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

An initial appointment/assessment is £25.

Individual therapy sessions thereafter costs £45. The rate per session for young people aged 17 to 21 and students is £35. Other concessions may be available on request.

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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Appointments are available Monday to Thursday 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.

York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3BP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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