I have been a person-centred counsellor for 12 years with particular experience in bereavement, loss and grief. I have BACP accreditation and currently work as a counsellor, counselling supervisor and trainer.
Having felt helped by counselling as a client led me to train as a counsellor alongside my work in primary teaching. I qualified in 2008 and have since worked with young people and adults in many different contexts. These include GP surgeries, school-based services and local organisations such as York Women’s Counselling Service and Community Counselling in Malton where I was Lead Counsellor Developing New Services.
I have spent much of my counselling life working with bereaved clients, those facing end of life and their loved ones. I was Senior Counsellor and Trainer based at Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough from 2012 - 2018 and thereafter Bereavement and Palliative Care Counsellor at Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate.
Like all counsellors, I have regular supervision to support my work. I have recently qualified as a supervisor and offer supervision to other counsellors. And, like all counsellors, alongside the qualifications and training below, I keep up to date with the counselling field by reading and online short courses.
As a BACP accredited practitioner, I abide by their Ethical Framework, my work is fully insured and I hold DBS certification.
The counselling process
Like many clients, you may have always thought of yourself as 'not the sort of person who needs counselling.' We often come to counselling when what we have always done no longer seems to help us manage new situations. In seeking support, you are likely to be feeling vulnerable right now. Person-centred counselling aims to foster a safe and confidential relationship. You will be at the centre of a supportive, non-judgmental space from where you can begin to recognise complex feelings, express your thoughts and widen your choices to help you cope with life’s challenges.
I am a person-centred counsellor with an interest in psychoanalytic concepts and attachment theory. These ideas inform my thinking about the dynamics at play in my work. They don’t alter my belief that we have an inherent ‘self-actualising tendency’: you will want to do the best for yourself and those around you . Sometimes what we learn about ourselves in childhood may need updating. In our sessions, we may need to revisit the past to help us revise and add to our coping strategies in the light of life events, losses and our patterns of relating to others.
What to expect
First of all, I hope you will feel free to contact me by email to arrange a brief telephone call. This may help us both get an idea of whether or not we feel we can work well together. You can tell me what has brought you to counselling at this particular point in your life. There is no charge for this call and no obligation to recontact me if you feel I won’t be helpful to you.
If you decide to go ahead, I can send you a small amount of paperwork to look at and we will arrange an assessment appointment. You can give me some more details about yourself and we can talk about how we will work together. Initially, some of this may feel a bit bureaucratic, but it helps to know about how sessions are arranged, my fees and cancellation policy and about the confidential storage of your information. After that, we'll put aside the form-filling and you can tell me what it is like to be you at the moment.
During this meeting we will also set a realistic focus for the work and agree an initial number of sessions. Relational counsellors believe that we are always growing and changing, but we will try to identify when you will know the current work is finished. We will do this by regularly reviewing how progress is going.
We will aim to have weekly sessions at a regular time. These last an hour, and take place in Friargate in York or online. At Friargate, you will be welcomed by the reception staff who will show you where you can sit until I come to meet you. Hot drinks are available for a small charge, there are toilet facilities and a lift if you need it - the counselling room is on the first floor. At the end of a session, you may like to take some time out to reflect in the peaceful garden.
Training, qualifications & experience
Education and training
- 1983: B.A. Hons: English and Related Literatures University of York.
- 1984: Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary): College of Ripon and York St John.
- 2006: Certificate in Counselling Skills: York St John (University of Leeds).
- 2008: Graduate Diploma in Counselling: York St John University.
- 2009: Working with Bereavement and Loss: Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough.
- 2015: Post-Graduate Certificate: Psychodynamic Approaches to working with Adolescents. NSCAP, Leeds.
- 2021: Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision: Graham Colbourne, Edinburgh.
Recent Relevant Courses:
- 2020: Trauma Conference - The Body Keeps the Score: Bessel van der Kolk, Online course.
- 2018: Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators Conference: Leeds
- 2014 - 2017: Neuroscience Research Reading Group: NSCAP, Leeds.
- 2016: Group Relations Conference: NSCAP, Leeds.
- 2016: Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators Conference: Leeds
- 2013 - 2014: Personality Development - A Psychoanalytic Approach: NSCAP, Leeds.
- 2011: Couples Counselling Introductory Summer School: TCCR, London.
- 2010 - 2011: The Dynamics of Attachment: Una McCluskey, York.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Terminal illness diagnosis
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
My charges are £50 an hour for counselling and £45 an hour for supervision.
If you need to cancel or rearrange a session, please give me as much notice as possible. If less than 24 hours, I will charge the full fee.
Please contact me to see what my current availability is. It may be possible to arrange support outside these times.
I work from Friargate in York on a Thursday morning. I may also be able to offer an evening slot; please enquire.
- Email me via the contact form
- 07711 861080