About me

Hi, I am Lizzy I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working from person-centred place, I believe each client is unique and any kind of therapeutic interaction must allow for that. 

Mental health is not linear, at some point we may all experience feeling overwhelmed and a ‘little’ lost or maybe even a ‘lot’ lost, this could be a short term or longer-term situation. Understanding our own emotional needs is so important to knowing who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. Busy lives and continual challenges make it difficult to maintain our emotional wellbeing, self-reflection through therapy and the practice of self-care can help keep us on track.

I have a wealth of experience in working with children and adults from all backgrounds both here in the UK and abroad. I have worked in educational settings supporting young people and adults with mental health and additional needs as well as roles working in countywide adult social care teams and youth engagement services. 

As a counsellor I have worked in secondary schools, University settings and the charitable sector. I was a lead counsellor for a charity supporting those affected by sexual violence and have been a volunteer mentor within domestic violence services. 

Other areas of interest and ways of working include, eco-therapy, play therapy and creative therapies. I am a qualified creative arts facilitator and a member of APCCA (Association for Person-Centred Creative Arts), which brings the use of art and creativity into the therapy room where appropriate (no artistic prowess necessary, really).

I work from my own office in  central Harrogate and as well as offering one day a week from a space in Leeds City Centre. I work in a variety of different ways to suit the individual, here are some of the ways we can work together;

Face to Face Talking Therapy

I provide counselling therapy for children, young people and adults in a variety of ways always from a person-centred place. I have my own office in the centre of Harrogate this is a spacious and safe place to work in person with clients. 
A variety of books, toys, games and other creative resources make working with children and younger client’s fun, friendly and engaging, these are also of course available to adult clients who would like to connect with their inner child.

Online/Telephone Working

In addition to face-face client work I offer telephone and online video counselling through Zoom. Some clients prefer to work in one way exclusively, but some prefer the flexibility of different options at different times depending on what is going on for them in their busy lives. Having flexibility to work over the telephone or online allows for clients who do not live close enough to travel for face-face work to be able to arrange sessions with me and I often work with clients from other catchment areas.

Walk and Talk

I offer walk and talk outside, which for some is an appealing option. Eco-therapy is a growing area and has been increasingly in demand following the recent pandemic, in part as a reaction to having to spend more time indoors and as a potentially safer way to work due to minimised contact.

Nature is its own therapy room and has the additional benefits of reducing isolation, inducing feelings of relaxation and improving physical health. For those that struggle to express themselves or who feel they are not ready to open up straight away, walking takes the pressure off and is therapeutic on its own.

Creative Arts Therapy

Working creatively in therapy can include the use of art, writing, play, sand and sound which can be helpful in aiding the therapeutic process. Creative working allows the client to be able to express feelings and emotions where the spoken word may be too difficult or painful as well as providing some needed relief to the possible intensity of sitting in the therapy chair.  Working using creative medium does not require any artistic ability or experience, it is open to all, it is about process and meaning making.

Therapy sessions can be weekly, monthly or fortnightly dependent on need. Some clients start with more regular contact and then may lessen the frequency over time as they test the waters or feel more able to manage on their own. Longer session are also available if you are interested in this take a look at my fees and availability.

How people choose to work is dependent on their needs, time and budget it is entirely your choice and can be adapted at any point throughout our work together if and when things change.
 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a diploma in therapeutic practice and a certificate in therapeutic use of person centred creative arts from APCCA. I am committed to undertaking regular CPD in order to keep my skills relevant and up to date.

I have worked as a lead counsellor for an organisation working with both children and adults affected by sexual violence. In this role I managed a team of counsellors delivering counselling support to students within a university setting. I have counselling experience in secondary schools and have been a mentor for the domestic violence team in Lincolnshire. I have a particular interest in trauma work and in working with disordered eating.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked for social services both with adults and childrens teams countywide. I also spent time working with special needs in the third sector and in education both here in the UK and abroad.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

In addition to the standard therapeutic hour, I offer a longer session at 1.5hrs for more intense work charged at £80, these can be as a one off or regular, this may be useful if you are only able to meet less frequently or when outdoors you prefer a longer walk. We can discuss ways of working as we go along.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am open some additional Saturday and Sunday mornings work although flexibility around previous personal engagements is required.

Further information

On receiving an enquiry, I aim to get back in contact within 24hrs to arrange a set time to call to talk things through briefly. This initial call will be around twenty minutes and is free of charge, it allows us to make introductions, discuss ways of working and should you feel happy to move forward make an appointment for the first session.

If you prefer to text or voicemail, please leave contact details, as I work with clients throughout the day and am often unavailable to answer or in a confidential space. If you leave a voicemail or text, I will email back with some availability for a call back.

On booking your first session I will email confirmation of the time and date as well as additional details around how to find me and parking, if we are meeting online, I will attach a Zoom invite link. You will also receive some paperwork about what to expect and the terms of the therapeutic relationship and how to make payments to return prior to the session wherever possible.

Therapy sessions can be weekly, monthly or fortnightly dependent on need. Some clients start with more regular contact and then may lessen the frequency over time as they test the waters or feel more able to manage on their own.

How people choose to work is dependent on their needs, time and budget it is entirely your choice and can be adapted at any point throughout our work together if and when things change.

LM Counselling and Wellbeing
Suite 602 Windsor House
Cornwall Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 2PW

Evolve
25 Park Square West
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 2PW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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.

My office in Harrogate is not on a ground floor however there is a lift between floors to access my counselling room. The space in Leeds is accessed by stairs only. Outside parking is available in both location, disabled spaces available in Harrogate.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Lizzy Mills

Lizzy Mills