I am an experienced counsellor with a specialist training in couples and relationship therapy and an approachable and responsive style of working. I worked with Relate for over 11 years, and have been a therapist for now for over 15 years. In my private practice I see couples, individuals and young people from 5 years old upwards.
When Would Counselling Be Helpful?
There can be times in our lives when we find it hard to cope and are confused, anxious and distressed. Sometimes this can be as a result of some specific change or trauma such as a death, relationship breakdown or work related issues. However sometimes anxiety, depression or a sense of low level dissatisfaction seem to pervade the whole of life. In these circumstances I can provide a contained and safe space in which to understand and explore patterns of thinking and behaving, and to manage disturbing thoughts and feelings.
How Does Counselling Work?
Counselling cannot prevent what life throws at you but it can help you to manage better. Counselling is not something that is done to you, it needs your active involvement. My role is to help you explore and think about your situation, I will be both supportive and at times, challenging. Your part in the process is to be as open as possible and to remain curious about your thoughts feelings and responses. I will work alongside you to help you gain an understanding of yourself and others, and to experiment with new ways of being within the safe environment of the counselling room. I firmly believe that this joint work can help you to expand your options and choices and to lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
How Long Will It Take?
That depends on the nature of the problem you are bringing but this will be discussed with you at the assessment session where we will also agree a focus for the work. Usually shorter term work is from 3-12 sessions, but longer term work (for more complex or entrenched difficulties) can be for months, or more open ended. The assessment session does not commit you to working with me if you do not feel that you 'click' with me. As the relationship between us is vital for the progress of the work it is important that you feel comfortable with me before committing yourself. Once a contract is agreed I will regularly review the work we're doing together to check that we are continuing to talk about what is most useful for you.
Our relationships are crucial to our sense of wellbeing but sometimes these become strained or even fall apart and we don’t always know why.
However, if problems do occur it can colour every aspect of your life leaving you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, angry, disappointed, resentful or just confused.
In this situation family and friends can be very supportive, but they may be over-involved; or you simply don’t have anyone to talk to. Talking through your concerns at such a time with someone who is not directly involved and who is specially trained to help you have constructive conversations is very different from trying to manage emotionally charged issues by yourselves.
I would give each of you the opportunity to be heard and understood. I would neither judge nor advise you, but would help you to become much better at communicating with each other so as to find the best way forward for you both individually and as a couple.
Children and Young People
What Type of Issues?
Many young people are affected by multiple pressures at school such as exam stress, bullying, friendships, anger, and self-esteem, but also by issues around their sexuality, family breakdown or loss. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness or powerlessness which can sometimes result in anger, withdrawal, anxiety or depression. Often just having someone outside of their everyday lives to talk to can be of huge benefit.
How I Work?
I use a variety of methods depending on the need of the young person and their situation including art work, modelling, using stories therapeutically, simply listening (informed by psychodynamic and systemic models) and brief solution-focussed therapy or any resource that might be helpful.
For more information please go to my website www.acombcounselling.com
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (BACP Accred)
Relate Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling
Certificate in working with Young People
PGCE (York St. John's University)
I worked for a number of years in a special unit within school for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have also counselled in a school setting.
I have worked for Relate for 11 years counselling couples, individuals, families and young people. I have been working in private practice for the last 12 years.
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Difficulty forming relationships
Couples: £80 (75 minute sessions)
Individuals: £80 for an initial assessment (75 minute session)
£55 for ongoing sessions (50 minute sessions)
Young People: £45 (40 minute sessions)
Families: £90 (75 minute sessions)
Depending on circumstances, fees may be negotiable.
I only offer one early evening session.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practice of the BACP. This is contained in a document entitled "Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy".
My work is supported by professional supervision in accordance with BACP's Ethical Framework.
My Professional Indemnity Insurance is provided by Towergate Professional Risks.
My practice is on Wetherby Road, York, close to the Ring Road on the west of the city with easy links to Leeds and Harrogate, and off-street parking. It is served by the No 5 bus service - further details on how to get to me can be found on my website www.acombcounselling.com.
Please ring me on 07837 789 564 to discuss counselling. You may, if you prefer, contact me by email - my address is firstname.lastname@example.org