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About me

I’m Emma, a fully qualified British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapist (BACP) registered counsellor, offering face-to-face counselling in central York or, if preferred, online therapy. I understand from personal experience therapy can be a daunting prospect, it can take a lot of courage to ask for support. I am professional but down-to-earth and offer a safe and accepting environment which feels safe for you to share your difficult thoughts and feelings.

I offer a free 20- 30 minute initial assessment meeting, whereby I can answer any questions or concerns you may have and you can decide if you feel I’m the right counsellor for you.

Counselling with me

I’m a Humanistic Integrative counsellor, which means I believe you hold the answers and inner resources to ease your distress; my role is to work collaboratively with you to facilitate understanding of your difficulties and help you implement changes so you can move forward with your life. I treat all clients as individuals with differing needs; I may, when appropriate, draw from other therapeutic approaches, such as Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Painful situations often have their roots in the past and I hope to assist you to uncover hidden links and understand your own patterns and responses to your experiences. I respect it is not easy to be able to talk about inner fears and anxieties; therefore, I place emphasis on developing a trusting and empathic relationship to help you to explore uncomfortable thoughts and emotions.

You will find counselling with me is a shared endeavour; I will work alongside you, at your pace to give you the time you need to feel fully heard and understood. I am always supportive but will challenge you when appropriate and I can hold and tolerate your distress. I truly want to help you to be able to deal with your concerns and move to living a fulfilling life.

Alongside counselling in private practice, I am the Counselling Manager for York Women’s Counselling Service. I also work for North Yorkshire Police’s Supporting Victims Team which provides me with a solid understanding of the criminal justice system and what it feels like to be a victim of crime. Additionally, the difficulties faced by Police Officers, Social Workers and others involved with supporting victims and offenders.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualification

  • BA (Hons) Counselling, Coaching & Mentoring – First Class
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling – Merit

Continuing Professional Development

  • Foundations in Telephone and On-line Counselling
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Accreditation – Level 1, DBT Essentials.
  • Complex Trauma Work During the 1st Phase of Recovery
  • Complex Trauma Work Stage 2 Working with Dreams and Nightmares
  • Working with Shame
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing
  • Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma
  • Trauma & Secondary Trauma: Caring for Yourself and Others
  • The Psychology of Sexual Violence
  • Developing and Supporting the Boundaries You Need
  • Workplace Wellbeing: Stress and Productivity at Work.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Conversations that matter – Spirituality and Mental Health – Old Friends or New Partners?

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students

Additional information

£45 per session - Concessionary rate of £40 for Students and Blue Light workers

Priory Street Centre
15 Priory Street
North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
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.

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Emma Drake PG Dip Counselling, Reg. MBACP

Emma Drake PG Dip Counselling, Reg. MBACP