I am now offering outdoor counselling sessions in line with safe distancing measures. There are several walks near my practice where we can safely and confidentially walk and talk. Please contact me if you would like to know more.
I also offer an outdoor telephone counselling session. This can take place on your daily walk, in your garden or outside space. This can be a ‘face-time’ call or a traditional telephone call. For more details please go to my website or contact me via the directory.
Unfortunately I am unable to offer indoor face to face sessions but continue with online zoom sessions.
I am experienced in working with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, bereavement and loss of any kind.
People have counselling for a range of reasons, you may not know exactly what’s troubling you but things just don’t seem right. We can work together to find ways through confusion and difficulties.
Who do I work with?
I work with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds experiencing self-harm, suicidal thinking, identity crisis, finding meaning, spiritual crisis.
I am experienced in working with young adults, adults and older people, people of different faiths and LGBTQ communities
Where do I work?
I provide a confidential, safe space in my home in the Colne Valley. I also work outdoors on the footpaths on the canal, rivers and hills in the Colne and Holme Valleys.
What's my approach?
I have a person-centred approach and use transactional analysis (TA) as a working tool and start from where you are.
When working outdoors I use the outdoor space, the landscape, and the climate to help you articulate your feelings and emotions and to help you gain a better understanding of what's going on for you. Room-based counselling isn't for everyone and being outdoors can give you a different kind of 'space' in which to explore personal issues.
I am spiritually minded, in a non-religious way, and offer sensitive, non-judgmental sessions to help you find inner connection and explore life from a different perspective.
If you want to focus on changing a particular habit or want to work towards a specific goal or action, coaching may be more suited to you. We would work together on what you want to achieve or change, the challenges you face and how you can find ways to overcome these. This is different from counselling - it's not about your deepest fears, concerns or emotions but a pragmatic and practical way of making some changes in your life.
I deliver writing therapy workshops for small groups. This is an opportunity to explore personal experiences through therapeutic journal writing in a safe confidential setting.
I deliver sessions in educational and training settings on my experience of working outdoors, including the principles and therapeutic rationale of outdoor work, the benefits to clients and therapists and the practical considerations in working outdoors with clients.
If you are interested in finding out more, we can have an initial chat by telephone or email where you can ask any questions and find out as much as you need to before making the decision to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Outdoor Therapy
CPD in Coaching Skills
Mental Health First Aid
MA Spiritual Practice
B.Ed Hons Art and Education
Qualified Gym Instructor
CPD Training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Youth Mental First Aid, Risk Assessment, Transgender, Eating Disorders, Trauma
I have worked in outdoor settings for over 10 years and co-founded 'Growing Works', a charity and social enterprise, offering outdoor activities in West Yorkshire.
I have volunteered with the Womencentre, Huddersfield for almost 10 years as a counsellor and outdoor practitioner.
I work term-time at the University of Huddersfield in student guidance.
I undertake on-going professional development to ensure I continue to build my knowledge and understanding
I have regular supervision with a qualified supervisor to ensure I work appropriately and to a high standard.
I have Professional Civil Liability insurance, am a member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics framework.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions £45 indoors and outdoors. Longer sessions for outdoors can be negotiated. I offer a concessionary rate for under 21s, full time students and unwaged of £35 per session