Specialising in walk and talk counselling, I passionately believe in the positive benefits of exercise and being outdoors for mental health. I am also able to offer telephone or online sessions as required.
About the counselling
As a fully qualified counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I can offer you a safe, confidential and supportive space to talk about your difficulties and hopes. Sometimes life can seem a real struggle and it can be difficult to ask for help. Counselling is a process of gaining a better understanding of yourself, to enable you to make choices and feel more freedom to find ways to move forward.
As a humanistic counsellor I believe that you are unique, with your own individual experience of life. I will listen without judgement and be open and honest with you, supporting you to find your own best way forward, as you are the expert in your life experience.
I can offer long or short term counselling work.
What to expect for the first session
I offer a free, initial, 30 minute telephone session for you to talk about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from it. You may wish to ask questions and I will provide as much information as I can about the way I work, the counselling and what future sessions might be like. If we both feel that we can work together then an appointment can be made for a further session.
About the walk and talk
Walk and talk can combine the benefits of being outdoors and walking in nature whilst counselling at the same time. It gives you opportunity to see me in person without concerns regarding COVID-19 and it offers an alternative method of counselling if you would prefer not to be face to face indoors. All your preferences regarding choice of route, weather and any other concerns will be discussed beforehand.
Contact me for more information about counselling and how we might work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in the caring profession one way or another throughout my working life, beginning with nursing and midwifery and I bring all this experience in to my counselling. I also bring an enthusiasm for the outdoors, working as a professional gardener for over 20 years and an awareness of all the benefits to mental and physical health that the outdoors provides.
I have had experience of working with a wide range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, stress, loneliness, relationship difficulties and difficulty coping with significant life events, to name but a few. I also have a particular interest in the menopause.
Alongside my private practice I have voluntary counselling roles in York, at 1-2-1 Counselling and York College.
MA Counselling - York St John University (Research on walk and talk counselling)
PG Diploma in Counselling - York St John University
Certificate in Counselling - York St John University
As a registered member of the BACP I am committed to regular Continuing Professional Development and have attended numerous workshops and training programs including the following:
Ecotherapy and walk and talk module, Online and telephone counselling, Introduction to outdoor therapy, Walking the talk: Exploring how we include walking in our therapeutic practice, Using creative methods in your counselling work, Safeguarding and managing risk through digital media (Practitioners), Grief and bereavement.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £50 per session
I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone session
Concessions are offered - please ask for more details.
As a registered member of the BACP, I abide by their ethical standards and have appropriate comprehensive insurance for my counselling work. I am registered with the ICO and comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).