Hello and welcome to my profile, are you struggling and feel like you need someone to talk to? I understand that taking the first step towards reaching out for help is extremely difficult but I also believe it is the best thing you will ever do. As a person I am incredibly passionate about helping people, especially if they are in some form of distress, and would like to think we could work together to relieve this. Throughout my work as a counsellor I have helped people overcome many issues such as: anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression, drug and alcohol misuse, bereavement, PTSD, abuse and relationship and family issues.
Difficulties in your life which seem overwhelming and create anxieties and/or stress are normal. However if this impacts your everyday life and you feel yourself not being able to live the life you want to or achieve the goals you would like to, counselling can help overcome these issues in many different ways. I have been trained to use different techniques and would use the best available tool to help you such as: cognitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis, psychodynamics and person-centred therapies.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a member of the BACP I follow their ethical guidelines which involves being honest, trustworthy, providing confidentiality and always keeping the clients best interest at the heart of everything I do. In doing this, I believe the therapeutic relationship between myself and the client is the most important aspect in achieving positive outcomes throughout the counselling process. I offer a non-judgemental, supportive relationship where you will be accepted for who you are, to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing.
Unfortunately I am unable to offer face to face counselling sessions at the minute in my counselling room. I have chosen to make this decision to keep myself and my clients as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result I have introduced an alternative which is walk and talk therapy. This involves deciding a suitable location together where we will meet for a walk. A quiet place is usually more desirable and the walk will last 50 minutes. This is a great opportunity to get the face to face benefits of counselling as well as being outside in nature which is also incredibly beneficial for both physical and mental health.
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Training, qualifications & experience
- Bsc (HONS) Psychology 2:2, Leeds Metropolitan University.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling skills, Leeds Beckett University.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University.
I am trained as a relational integrative counsellor which means I believe the relationship between the counsellor and client is the most important aspect of positive outcomes when engaging in counselling. Furthermore, I can integrate different techniques into sessions depending on what we think might be best for you. I have experience of working with both male and female clients ranging from 15 to 70 years old.
I engage in regular supervision as required by my professional body (BACP) and I am committed to undertaking Continuing Professional Development to ensure I am upto date with current information within the counselling profession and am doing the best for my clients.
My experience has mainly come from helping individuals who are loved ones of people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol or are the substance misuser themselves. Within this work I have also supported clients to overcome many issues including:
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Lack of confidence
- Emotional, physical, sexual abuse
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Although my experience has been with individuals who are affected by drugs and/or alcohol, I would be able to help you with any of the above issues regardless of the underlying cause.
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
I offer a free 30 minute initial session where we can meet or speak over the phone. This gives you a chance to discuss why you have chosen to come to counselling and how we could work together, as well as giving me the opportunity to do an assessment.
Further sessions are charged at £40 for a 50 minute face to face or walk and talk therapy session or £35 for a telephone or online counselling session.
Blocks of six sessions are charged at £210 (payment to be made in advance) which works out at £35 for each individual session.
It is entirely up to you how long you would like to attend counselling sessions for, some people attend for a few weeks while others prefer to come for longer.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by either emailing me at email@example.com or call/text 07841390958.
My practice is based at the RCM Business Centre in Ossett where there is free onsite parking.