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Registered MBACP (Accred), PG Dip

About me

We all have moments in life that are difficult, where we need some support, someone to listen to us, understand and help us find our way. As an accredited, professional counsellor and psychotherapist, I want to bring empathy and attentiveness to our space, so that you can be heard, so that together we can explore the issues you are facing and you can move towards being what you want to be.

During counselling, we can learn about what is happening for you and what is causing you distress. Perhaps it is a current or past relationship, or you are feeling dissatisfied with life? You may have had an experience that you cannot get past, or anxiety is holding you back from achieving what you want? We can give time and space to your feelings and understand them more clearly, in a place where you won’t be judged. We can work together to come to terms with this experience, look at ways of managing difficult symptoms or find ways of making changes you want.

I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist which means I blend together different therapeutic approaches in my practice, helping me to work effectively with clients on a long and short term basis on wide range of issues and symptoms including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement and loss
  • stress
  • chronic illness, long term health conditions and their physical, emotional and practical impact
  • relationship issues - including personal, work and family relationships
  • low self esteem
  • feeling stuck or lost in life
  • infertility and living a childless life
  • anger
  • abuse (including childhood abuse and neglect, physical, sexual and psychological)
  • PTSD, traumatic and painful experiences, including childhood abuse and domestic violence
  • bullying and emotional abuse
  • post natal depression

I trained in the Relational model, this uses our experience of past relationships and relational patterns to make sense of our current ones. Understanding our relationships, including the therapeutic relationship, gives us chance to shape them in a way that better meets our needs and causes less emotional distress. Relational counselling also uses the warmth, genuineness and acceptance of person centred counselling. I blend this approach with other therapy styles including transactional analysis, CBT, IAPT Counselling for Depression, solution-focussed approach and compassion focussed therapy so we can work in a way that best suits your needs.

I work from a pleasant, modern city centre location that has great public transport links and easy parking options.

I also offer online counselling as well as face to face counselling. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Post-graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University, this is a BACP accredited course. I also hold a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Therapeutic Skills from Leeds Metropolitan University, and a Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills. I have completed further study in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), anxiety, disordered eating, working with trauma, dissociation and PTSD. I have completed training in the NHS IAPT Counselling for Depression and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

An area of personal interest at the moment is somatic psychotherapy- how our body holds memory of distressing or traumatic experiences and how it can also hold they key to bringing relief from these experiences.

As a Registered member of the BACP I am committed to a programme of continuing professional development including training to inform my practice. I adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework and have regular supervision with a clinical supervisor.

I provided counselling for clients at a local charity for six years, provided Skype and telephone counselling for a higher education institution for several years and began in private practice in 2015. My earlier career was in marketing communications and managing charity and not-for-profit projects for people with learning disabilities and vulnerable adults.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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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

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Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

£45 per 50 minute session (face-to-face or Skype).

I am available for daytime and early evening appointments - please contact me directly for further discussion.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Various daytime and evening appointments. Please contact me to discuss or visit my website to book online.

Suite 3, 9 South Parade, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1LR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Parking spaces for people with disability badges available next to the office.

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