Welcome to Yorkshire Counselling Services. ~ Appointments currently available.
I am a fully qualified Relate trained therapist with 11 years experience, specialising as a relationship and sex therapist, working with couples and individuals .
In the current climate, we are all having to access help / support in differing ways to face to face sessions. I have 6 years experience of working online via Zoom or offering counselling via the telephone. I understand how the idea of receiving counselling other than through face to face may feel a barrier. However, evidence supports, counselling can be an effective way of getting that help and support you maybe needing, especially at this current time.
If you are currently looking for counselling, it's an important consideration to find a counsellor who is experienced and has received training in working in other mediums. I have worked with individuals and couples over webcam, telephone, live chat and email. Though it can feel different and initially a bit strange to receive counselling over the phone or webcam it can also provide advantages to.
It can often feel difficult in asking for help and to put trust in someone you have never met, especially when we are often feeling upset and overwhelmed issues. I can help you to work through difficulties such as feeling sad, anxiety, trauma, sexuality issues, sex problems, sexual abuse, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, communication, family issues, relationship issues or child related issues.
Seeking counselling support for the first time can feel daunting for a lot of people, I know what it can feel like to be in that position, having sought help myself.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is all important in helping support you to make the changes you are seeking. With this in mind, I offer you a safe, confidential, trusting, neutral and non judgemental space. I aim to make that process as easy and reassuring as I can and am happy to discuss any fears / concerns you may have.
It often feels like we may have somehow failed or its a last resort in trying to resolve difficulties. I have helped many people like yourself, who also felt unsure initially on what to expect and feelings of trepidation or embarrassment in asking for help.
In my experience and feedback received by clients, once they have made that initial step they often find at the end of the first appointment any fears, embarrassments and concerns they may have had have been alleviated.
By working in an integrative way (meaning that I work with a range of different theories), I am able to work in the best way that helps you the client. In my experience what works for one person doesn't for another, after all we are all different.
Whether you are a couple or as an individual facing issues around sex and intimacy, relationship difficulties with communication, arguing, managing a beak up, separation, family issues or suffering from anxiety, depression, low self esteem. I can help you to get things back to how you would like them to be.
Sexual issues are something most of us will experience at some point in our lives and can be a result of many differing factors. I understand that it can be particularly difficult to talk about and feel embarrassing. I understand the impacts this can have on a relationship.
Psychosexual Therapy (PST) can help you overcome issues such as low or loss of Sexual Desire, Vaginismus, Dyspareunia, Premature Ejaculation, Delayed Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction and Performance Anxiety. In addition, it can help improve your communication around sex and intimacy. Whilst enhancing your sex life to be part of your healthy relationship.
I understand that there can be concerns about what coming to PST will involve, to reassure you, you would never be asked to do anything in the counselling room other than talk, the treatment plans are all individually tailored for the needs of the individual / couple using a range of theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to achieve the goals set out by you the client.
In addition through my work with Survive North Yorkshire, I have 7 years experience of working with trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, counselling adult survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault.
I offer a professional, discreet, confidential, friendly and relaxed Therapy and Counselling service in York, in a comfortable environment, operating from a central location in York with easy access and on street parking. My services cover Psychosexual (Sex) Therapy, Couple / Relationship Counselling, Trauma Counselling and Young people Counselling.
Please email, phone or visit the website for further details and an informal chat.
I am able to offer counselling in my practice by phone, webcam or face to face.
Due to the current situation counsellors / therapists have had to look at alternative ways of reaching out to our clients and being able to offer help and support by other means. This has meant for a lot a big change in how we work and to get used to the different nuances of working either online or by telephone can bring. There are obvious challenges working by these other mediums requiring new skills and considerations when working as an in these ways.
It is important that you have had some training around working in these other mediums and BACP has produced some good guidelines around adapting our practices during this time.
If you are looking for a supervisor who has experience of delivering supervision and working as an online or phone counsellor then I maybe a good fit for you. I have 6 years experience of working on live chat, webcam and phone for Relate and supervising the team of digital counsellors at Relate National. As well as in my private practice.
If you are a Supervisee looking for a Supervisor then please check out my Supervisor profile and I would be more than happy to arrange an informal chat to see how I can help provide your supervision needs. You can also just call me on 07841 354305.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training qualifications and experience:
Currently training in EMDR to work with trauma
CPCAB Level 6 Supervisor Certificate
MCOSRT - (General Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists)
MBACP - young people, individual and couple counselling in private practice
Post graduate certificate in Psychosexual Therapy
Relate University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling
Young Person’s Counselling through Youth Access
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Safeguarding Children Level 1 certificate delivered by Hull Safeguarding Children Board
Enhanced DBS Check to work with young people (The DBS replaced the CRB check)
Variety of Continuing Professional Development training ranging from Anxiety and Mental Health to Sexual issues and everything in between!
(All qualifications can be viewed upon request)
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
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with Young people from the age of 10 upwards some of the common issues that I work with are :
- Family issues
- Friendship issues
- Confidence issues
- Low self esteem
- Parent Separation
- Self harm
I also offer a secure and confidential online service, a young person may feel more comfortable talking through this format than face to face counselling as that can feel very daunting for a young person, this can be delivered by video sessions, voice only sessions, instant messaging or email. Further details on these services can be found on the website.
Please visit the website for more information on Young People Counselling or call to have a chat on how I can help.
Concessions offered for
Young people under 18 and students £35
Supervision £50 an hour
£35 an hour or £50 for an hour and a half - for trainees / student counsellors
Payment made on the day of the session, either by cash, bank transfer or card payments (I can accept most major debit and credit cards).
Appointments currently available. Daytime, evening and weekend appointments.
Since becoming a qualified therapist, I have helped clients, both young and old, with a number of problems such as low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, vaginismus, Dyspareunia (pain experienced through penetrative sex), premature ejaculation, depression, relationship issues, addictions, stress, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, bullying, parents separating, anti social behaviour and anger in young people, as well as issues surrounding sexuality, sexual and domestic abuse.
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