About me

I am a qualified counsellor who offers an integrative approach to my way of working. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

Many of us seek access to counselling in order to help us overcome a specific issue we feel we are experiencing.

At times, my experience is that people often feel their own issues are too small to access help and support; nothing is ever too small if you feel it is impacting upon you.

Perhaps you feel lonely, have experience of a loss or bereavement. You may feel low in mood or depressed. Many of us experience anxiety or panic in certain situations, or when thinking about our past or the future. Perhaps you experience fears or trauma, low self-esteem or low self-confidence. You may be struggling with work, or struggling to be more assertive with those around you. You may find yourself replaying awkward or difficult moments over and over in your mind, impacting on your sleep, or wishing things were different for you.

As human beings, we have an innate need to connect with others, and if this is missing for us, we may struggle with our psychological and emotional wellbeing.

As a counsellor, by working together and getting to understand what you are currently feeling and experiencing, I will walk your path with you, offering a different insight and perspective. I will offer a non-judgmental, open and honest therapeutic relationship. Our work together isn't about me 'fixing you' or giving you advice, but about offering a space to explore what is going on, allowing you to develop skills and strategies to support yourself, and to plan for your future in a positive manner. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I previously worked in the HR and recruitment field and, following a sudden personal bereavement, I made the decision to retrain as a counsellor following the benefits I experienced of being able to speak about my loss.  

I began my training and was fortunate to have a volunteer placement in a local hospice. This volunteer role will always be special for me as it allowed me to access the path I am proud to walk today.  I also volunteered in a primary care counselling service receiving time-limited referrals from GP's. This allowed me to gain experience of working in a time-limited, solution-focused way with individuals.  

Once qualified I worked as a Counsellor in an NHS service, offering time-limited counselling for common mental health presentations such as anxiety, anger, low mood, depression, relationship issues etc. 

Following my time in the NHS I was offered a wonderful opportunity to work in a forward thinking young carers service in County Durham, where I set up a counselling provision for children and young people referred into the service.  This was an incredible experience to work with resilient, resourceful children and young people impacted by caring roles. I gained experience of working with colleagues in the local authority, schools, colleges and local community organisations. Whilst in the young carers service I also worked with schools, colleges and organisations across County Durham to develop their understanding of young carers and supporting provision for young carers in these settings.  

I moved to work as a Counsellor for a national charity supporting serving members of the armed forces, veterans and family members.  This role afforded me the opportunity to gain experience of military life, the camaraderie, effects of transitioning back into civilian life, impacts on family and also the effects of trauma on individuals. This role also gave me the opportunity to support the UK Team who competed in the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia in 2019.  I provided solution-focused psychological support to competitors throughout their training camps in the UK and then flew out to Sydney with the UK Team to provide psychological support to those taking part in the Games.  

Following this appointment, I spent time working for the Ministry of Defence supporting the mental health of serving members of the UK Armed Forces.  

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling 
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling 
  • Online & Telephone Counselling Training 
  • A number of additional training opportunities, including Compassion Focused Therapy, Rewind technique to support trauma and fears, walking therapy and PTSD awareness. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with serving members of the Armed Forces as well as veterans.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My current fees are: 

  • 20 minute introductory telephone call to discuss suitability - Free 
  • 50 minute counselling session - £40 

Eco House
31 Duke Street
Darlington
DL3 7RX

Darlington
Durham
DL2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
James York

James York