Hello and welcome to this information about counselling and mindfulness.
I offer therapeutic counselling face-to-face and online. I can teach you how to develop mindfulness in your life, either working with you one-to-one or you can join a group course.
I have extensive experience of over 20 years, and work with adults with a diverse range and complexity of problems. My main role is as a University student counsellor and mindfulness teacher and I have a private practice in Huddersfield. Sessions can be in person or online.
Sometimes we need a helping hand and can benefit from talking things through, giving ourselves time to step back and gain perspective. We might need support to see the bigger picture, to work out strategies, or get motivated to make changes. My approach is focused on your needs; and can be described as “relational” and “integrative”, that is drawing on skills from a wide theoretical base. I aim to provide a safe, confidential and supportive space for you to explore your difficulties.
You can be assured of
- a respectful and non-judgemental approach
- meeting in a setting which offers space and calm
- working together in a spirit of collaboration and compassion
- going at a pace you are comfortable with
Counselling - how can it help you?
Any decision to seek counselling is a courageous step towards understanding your situation, facing your problems and making changes. This may be accompanied by anxiety and doubts about stepping into the unknown and talking to a complete stranger about personal matters. It is important to choose a therapist you feel comfortable with.
During life we all face challenges and sometimes can feel overwhelmed – by anxiety, pressure, loss, change, conflict, work stress, low mood or unmanageable mood swings, emotional distress, past life events or traumatic experiences which still trouble us. Equally we might find ourselves at a crossroads or facing life transitions and need space to explore our choices and what is most meaningful for us. Sometimes we face work challenges, such as work-related stress, difficult working relationships and want to address our work-life balance.
In these situations, it is often beneficial to speak to a caring, interested and neutral “other” - a professional, somebody not otherwise connected with your life, someone who is committed to help you find your way through. My approach is to offer kindness and acceptance of each individual to help you find your own pathway towards insight and healing.
Sometimes the experience of counselling can be uncomfortably challenging, but ultimately empower you to move forwards. I regard therapy as a healing process, one which takes time, patience and a willingness to explore whatever may be holding you back in life. Sometimes this includes events from childhood, the past or the impact of traumatic experiences, as well as current dilemmas. Learning some practical mindfulness and self-compassion skills is often very helpful in supporting the process of therapy.
Mindfulness and its benefits
Mindfulness and compassion practice can provide a foundation for working through anxiety, pain, stress, low mood and chronic conditions. Regular practice of mindfulness and meditation can enable us to
- become calmer
- manage stress more effectively
- better understand who we are
- discover what is meaningful for us
- live more fully in the moment and appreciate joy
I offer one-to-one mindfulness sessions (as well as counselling) to help you learn and practice the skills of mindful meditation and how to bring a more mindful approach into everyday life situations. For some people 1:1 sessions fit into their lives more easily than joining a course.
If you would like to learn in a group, I run 2 mindfulness courses: Learning to Pause (5 weeks) and Pause for Being (9 weeks). I have run the shorter course online, as well as in person. Please register your interest with me.
Since 2008 I have developed a personal mindfulness and compassion practice of meditation and mindful movement. The integration of a mindful and compassionate approach in my daily life is an ongoing work in progress. I attend retreats to support my practice and self-care.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Senior Accredited (MBACP) Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
I qualified in 2001 with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and since then have continued to engage in professional development training, with a strong interest in trauma and anxiety.
Mindfulness training was over 4 years with Bangor University's Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice and in 2012 I qualified with a PG Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
I trained in Online Counselling Skills in 2007 and have updated my learning during the Covid pandemic.
I have extensive experience of working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and work to ensure that counselling supports people whatever their ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or ability.
My experience has been largely with HE students and staff. I have also worked for a company providing work-place counselling, and have done voluntary counselling with a Women's Centre, a Hospice and for a Bereavement charity.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
For our first meeting I offer a 30-minute phone or online consultation without charge. We can discuss your needs and establish whether I might be the best person to help you at this time.
If you would like to go ahead we can arrange a series of meetings, usually 6 to start with. I can also work with you longer term, and recognise that individual circumstances can mean that fortnightly appointments might be preferable.
Counselling appointments are £50 per session (50 mins) and can be face-to-face or online.
I have an Enhanced DBS Certificate for working with adults