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About me

After several years of study, training and experience I help adults and young people overcome a variety of limitations. I’m a humanistic counsellor, trained in the Person-centred approach and my practice is informed by other evidence-based knowledge. My aim is to be a real person with you and create a real relationship, where you don’t need to pretend or hide away. My adult and younger clients, from all walks of life have been helped through my warm relational style, genuine acceptance and respect, and my ability to reach parts they often didn’t realise could or should have a voice.

People turn to counselling for many reasons, sometimes as a last resort, and it can be difficult. If you can’t find the words to begin with, then that’s okay too, I will use my skills to find a way for us understand what’s going on for you. And please know, it isn’t always necessary to relive past trauma for me to be able to help, unless of course, you feel you need to be heard – then, when you feel safe enough, I will patiently listen with compassion and respect for what you’ve experienced.

Broadening awareness of your internal world often brings relief and a greater sense of control and self-belief. From this foundation we can look at finding strategies to better cope with past, present, or future difficulty, in ways that are derived from your values and desired goals. Ultimately, you may find that being in an accepting, understanding relationship is enough to nurture a quiet resilience within you that you perhaps hadn't recognised or thought you'd lost, to bring about positive change and improve your wellbeing.

How many sessions?

The length of time for our work together will be determined by you, and I encourage an ongoing dialogue to ensure you are gaining what you feel you need most. As a guide, significant progress can be achieved between 6 and 12 sessions and will be discussed and reviewed as we go along. You can have more or less sessions if you would like.

Confidentiality is also very important to me, so I will discuss this with you before we begin so you have choice and control.

Training, qualifications & experience

My work with young people

I’m a mum to teens so have first-hand experience in addition to in-depth knowledge, via my degree training, of their unique developmental stages and needs. I thoroughly enjoy my current work as an Associate Counsellor at a local further education college.

I’ve supported students with depression, anxiety, dissociation, anger, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, gender variance, transgender, sexuality, relationships, abuse and trauma including varying degrees of attachment trauma, grief, and loss.

My warm, accepting and non-directive approach supports young people to identify self-determined solutions to their problems, strengthening their sense of individual identity; helping them to recognise their ability to manage the confusion and conflict they experience due to the multiple and varied demands placed upon them. 

My work with adults

For the past 3 and a half years I've volunteered for a local charitable organisation. I have counselled men and women, often with complex needs, many having been referred by their GP. During lockdowns I trained to be able to continue supporting my clients either online or over the phone, which proved helpful to them.

My work with adults is grounded in the Person-centred approach and, where appropriate, I integrate my trauma-informed training which initially involves support with managing emotions; stabilisation via easy-to-understand psycho-education, grounding and attending to things like self-care and coping skills.

I have supported adults ranging in age and from varying cultural backgrounds with things like: anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, attachment and relational trauma, childhood trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, family conflict and recovery from divorce.

What else can counselling help with?

Counselling isn't only for those who have suffered adversity during childhood. Counselling is for anyone feeling like they just need to talk things over with someone who knows how to listen in a non-judgemental way. Counselling can offer opportunity to gain new perspectives and clarity, whether your problems stem from work-related stress, hormonal changes that are taking their toll or life in general feels overwhelming.

Professional Membership

I am a registered member of the BACP and work to their ethical framework. I hold an advanced DBS certificate which is on the government's update service. I'm happy to share more information about these important aspects of our work together.

I have regular professional supervision to ensure I am working to the best ethical and safety standards and as part of my BACP membership, I continue to update my skills and knowledge by attending workshops, seminars and training courses.

Covid-19

I am triple-vaccinated against Covid-19. My therapy room (in Edgerton) is large enough to provide 2m social-distancing and both rooms (in Edgerton and Milnsbridge) can offer appropriate ventilation. 

Training and Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate Counselling Concepts
  • CPD certificates to support my work include working with trauma, suicide, bereavement, anxiety, counselling young people, safeguarding, equality and diversity, Prevent training, sexual violence and harassment, cannabis awareness and vicarious trauma

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions

£40 for each 50 minute session

Getting in Touch

If you would like to find out more about possibly working together, feel free to talk with me over the phone, without charge or obligation. Please call or email me. If I'm unavailable to answer your call, please leave your name and if possible, a convenient time for me to call you back.

I work from a comfortable, private office with its own car park, within easy access of Huddersfield and surrounding areas because of its close proximity to the M62.

I also have access to a cozy, private room in the premises of a well-established counselling charity in Milnsbridge, HD3 4LD.

When I work

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Independence House, Hollybank Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3HN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

One of my counselling locations is accessible to wheelchair users. This is based in Milsnbridge, HD3 4LD