About me

*Please note I am not taking on new clients until Jan 22* Hi my name is Emma Hughes. I am a Leeds based BACP accredited counsellor available for individual counselling with people over 16yrs. I also offer telephone and online counselling sessions. I offer discount prices for students and work within the guidance of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and their ethical framework.

You may be thinking of counselling because you are feeling confused or alone at the moment and are struggling to cope. During an initial meeting together we can look at what you feel is and isn't working in your life and where you would like to be by the end of our counselling sessions.

Therapy can offer you the time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, empathic and non-judgemental, confidential space. You may seek short-term therapy to focus on a more specific issue or traumatic event that you have experienced such as a bereavement, divorce or job loss or you may wish to have longer term open-ended therapy to explore yourself and your relationships more deeply.

As an Integrative Counsellor I believe that there is no single therapeutic model that is effective for the range and complexity of experiences that people bring to counselling. The way I work draws on my training in a range of therapeutic approaches which informs my thinking allowing me to work in a way that is most appropriate and beneficial to my clients' needs.

I can offer you a free 15 minute telephone consultation at a time to suit you to discuss your needs, what you hope to gain from counselling and whether I am the right person to work with you. A first face to face appointment is usually available within 7 days or sooner. Please note this first telephone appointment is not a counselling session.

I work from a comfortable room in Leeds City Centre. The practice is easily accessed by train, car or bus (car-park nearby and parking on street).

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or queries you may have by email or phone, Please leave a message if I am unable to answer the phone when you call & I will call you back as soon as possible.

Please note the practice does not have a lift.

Training, qualifications & experience

Masters Degree in Psychotherapy (Level 7) - Leeds Beckett University - 2017

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy - Leeds Beckett University 2016 (Level 7)

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills - Leeds Beckett University - 2014

Online & Telephone Counselling 80hrs course - The Counselling Tutor - June 2020 NCS approved.

Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT - Certificate of Achievement - University of Reading http://www.futurelearn.com/certificates/hhjn1g0

PODS CPD training in Trauma and the body: Dissociation and Somatisation (2018).

PODS CPD training on trauma, dissociation, sexual abuse and attachment - 2016

CPD training on Chemsex (workshop) (2016).

NCFE Level 2 Mental Health Awareness - 2015

Acentis Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care - 2014

CPD training in Grief and Loss, Loss of a child, sudden & traumatic death, safeguarding - 2015/6 (safeguarding updated 2018).

CPD training with grief and self harm and alcohol abuse - 2017

CPD training with grief and sexuality - 2018

Ongoing training in working with people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Working with Metaphor - 2014

BA (Hons) English Literature - First Class - The Open University - 2013

Bed Primary (Hons) with Qualified teacher status - Sunderland University - 1996.


2016 - Present - Private Practice - Queen St Leeds

2016- 2018 -  Counsellor at Selby Wellness Clinic

2015 - 2017 : Volunteer Counsellor at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Leeds

2015 - 2020 : Bereavement Support Worker and supervisor at Cruse Bereavement Care Leeds

2015 - 2017 : Counsellor at Phoenix Health & Well being Charity Leeds

2014 - 2015 : Volunteer Counsellor at Place2Be Leeds : working therapeutically with primary school age children.

2012 - 2017 : Listener at Samaritans Leeds

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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).

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

50 Minute Face to Face Sessions : £45.00 payable by cash/chq/BACS

50 Minute online or phone sessions: £45.00 payable by BACS.

Student Rate: (For Full-Time Students only) £38 per Session (with valid student I.D)


Wednesday Zoom appointments.

Thursday/Friday/Saturday at Leeds practice. Wednesday Thursday & Friday evening appointments.

Further information

I am fully supervised and attend regular ongoing training and development to ensure that I continually increase and enrich my body of knowledge and skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

4 Queen Street
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults