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BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip. Therapeutic Counselling, MBACP

About me

There are times in our lives when we all may encounter difficulties and challenges, feel overwhelmed, stuck or find ourselves struggling with our experiences. You don’t need to cope alone. I offer a calm and confidential space where you can feel safe to talk and feel heard without judgement. Through counselling I can help support you to explore and work through whatever you are experiencing and to find a way forward.

I am a professionally qualified Person-Centred Therapeutic Counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I work in an integrative and creative way to tailor my approach to suit the individual needs of my clients.

I am a naturally compassionate and empathetic person, with a caring and considerate nature. I am passionate about supporting people through their life experiences or challenges, and to see them empowered to grow in their wellbeing, self-awareness and personal development.

I work with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, loss, bereavement, life transitions and long term chronic health conditions such as CFS and Fibromyalgia. I am a trained sexual violence counsellor, with experience of working with sexual assault, abuse and childhood trauma. I have spent a short time in Cambodia supporting charities working with people who have experienced extreme poverty, genocide and sex trafficking. I am able to offer Christian counselling but work with those of a variety of faith or no faith background.

For many years I worked as a primary school teacher, gaining valuable experience in supporting children and their families, particularly those with significant learning, behavioural and emotional needs. This has given me an understanding of the challenges and stress that families may face, as well as the individual needs of family members. In more recent years I have been involved in pastoral roles, supporting people with struggles in their faith, life challenges or crisis. I have worked with local charities to provide counselling support through my training, voluntary work and private practise. 

I can provide long or short term counselling and offer sessions either in person, online or by telephone.

If you feel I might be the right person to work with you, then you are welcome to contact me for a fifteen-minute phone consultation to discuss what is happening for you and how we might work together

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (cpcab) – Chapters Counselling and Training
  • Level 3 in Counselling Studies – Chapters Counselling and Training
  • Level 2 in Counselling Skills – Chapters Counselling and Training
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO approved)
  • PG Certificate in Education – York St John University
  • BA (Hons) Joint Studies - Music & Religion - Brunel University
  • Dyslexia & Co-occurring Difficulties – Dyslexia Action

Additional Training

  • The Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre Volunteer Counsellor Training
  • Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
  • Trauma & The Body: Dissociation and Somatisation
  • Working with Trauma that has become Stuck
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders that has become Stuck
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
  • Working with Shame

Counselling Experience

  • Emma Headland Counselling as owner and counsellor
  • Community Works, Thirsk as a Counsellor
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre as a Counsellor during training
  • Christian Fellowship Ministries as a volunteer Counsellor

Member organisations


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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Christian/Faith Counselling


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling in person 1 hour - £40
Telephone/Online (Zoom) 1 Hour - £40

Counselling for trainee counsellors 1 Hour - £30

Further information

My usual working days are Monday to Thursday, with evening appointments available upon request.

Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10

Type of session

In person