Hi, I am Lizzy, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in the Harrogate and Leeds area. My work can be short or long-term. I work within a humanistic and person-centred approach that puts the client at the centre of the therapeutic relationship. I work with the client’s own unique frame of reference, in a way that is best suited to the client's needs. I am a registered member of the BACP and hold appropriate professional insurance and a valid enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate.
I provide individual therapy for adults and young people from 14 upwards. I have a wide range of experience counselling adults and young people in secondary schools and university settings. Clients come from different backgrounds. Counselling therapy does not discriminate, and all are welcome here.
Issues I work with include:
- Anxiety & Stress
- Relationship Issues
- Complex Family Issues
- Bullying at Work or School
- Difficult Transitions
- Stress around Exams
- Bereavement & Loss
- Depression & Low Mood
- Disordered Eating
- Low Self-esteem
- Trauma & Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Violence
- Anger Management
- Health Issues
- Panic Attacks
My beliefs are:
- All human beings have the capacity for personal growth.
- We all possess an innate resilience to overcome struggles in a way that is meaningful to us, but sometimes we can lose sight of this and need help to get back on track.
- We are all unique with differing backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and values, and therapeutic practice should respect and reflect this.
My role as a counsellor is to help support clients to recognise their strengths and resourcefulness. I provide a safe and nurturing environment where they feel heard, accepted and able to explore thoughts and feelings. Through this relationship, I hope the client can begin to live in a way that feels more genuine to them, in turn increasing overall well-being.
I remain continuously passionate and curious about human beings and the way we continue to develop and strive for survival in the most difficult of circumstances. I am reminded daily of the innate goodness of people when working with clients. I feel privileged that they may allow me to be with them for a time on their journey throughout the counselling relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a diploma in therapeutic practice and 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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Following an initial enquiry, I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation made by appointment. The telephone consultation allows me to gain some insight into what you are looking for from therapy and to take any necessary contact information. The consultation will enable you to ask any questions about the service and explore the possibilities of our working together.
All future sessions are fifty minutes and my fees are £50, payable by the end of each session by cash or debit card. BACS transfers are available as a method of payment and should be paid before your session.
The appropriate number of sessions is entirely up to you as work needs to be completed in your own time frame. I am happy to discuss options to meet your individual needs.
Telephone and video counselling are available upon request. I use a secure online video conferencing link for this. All telephone and video counselling sessions are fifty minutes long and are £50 payable by BACS prior to the session.
I provide counselling and psychotherapy services from private therapy rooms in Harrogate town centre and Leeds city centre. All venues are designated buildings for counselling work and provide a safe, confidential and comfortable space. I work from two different venues in Harrogate. Rooms are located in the town centre a short walk from the station and additionally off the Skipton Road between Starbeck and Knaresborough. Both of these venues have nearby parking. The room I use in Leeds is located on Park Square, a short walk from the city centre and train station but also with nearby parking.
Appointment days and times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-8pm
Weekend appointment may be available in Leeds
Other days of the week may be available
All appointment slots are subject to room and counsellor availability.