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About me

Hi, my name is Jo. I'm an integrative counsellor working in North Leeds.

Starting counselling can be daunting- it's a big step. But the changes that can happen as a result can be life-changing. I'm here to offer a confidential, safe and judgement-free space to talk about what is bothering you.

At the moment there are a lot of people feeling sad and anxious. The pandemic has caused a huge surge in mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Many children are struggling with school-related anxiety, causing a lot of school attendance issues. It is a tough time. Sometimes we need a little help to navigate through the tricky waters. Counselling can't make the pandemic disappear but it can help you find your way through by developing new ways of thinking and coping.

I specialise in working with children and young people, but also work with adults too.  I'm very experienced working with school-related issues such as exam stress, bullying and school refusal. Other specialist areas include self-harm, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma and bereavement and family relationships.

I am able to offer in-person and online sessions. Some people like to do a mixture of the two for ease. Some young people prefer to attend in person for the first few sessions before switching to online. I know many people find online counselling a struggle and benefit from seeing someone face to face. 

As we get to know each other, I adjust my approach to suit you. Sometimes just talking can be really hard, so I've trained in working with creative arts therapeutically too, as well as using games and play techniques with younger children.

I work from my home in North Leeds & have a dedicated room for my private practice. Please see my website for more details

Unfortunately my practice is not wheelchair accessible.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in therapeutic counselling as well as a PGCE in primary education and a first-class honours BMus in Music.

I have also trained in therapeutic person-centred creative arts, and currently completing training as a Master Practitioner in eating disorders with the NCFED (National Centre for Eating Disorders). 

I qualified in counselling in 2018 and have been working with both adults and children since. Before this I ran the 'Apollo' project in Leeds for children impacted by domestic violence and worked as a mental health practitioner for children and young people.

I have also had experience in research. I was project-lead for an NHS funded project to research and design a new non-clinical self-harm service for the Humber Coast and Vale Healthcare Partnership (NHS). The service design is now in the initial stages of development. 

In 2010 I was part of the team that set up, and ran training for parents and schools on supporting children who self-harm.

I have worked with children and young people for 10 years in a variety of settings. These include schools, settings for children and young people with SEMH (social, emotional and mental health issues), within the community and or charitable organisations. For more information see my website

I have a lot of experience working with families, especially supporting parents. 

I have 5 years volunteering experience working for St Michael's Talking Spaces and Just 'B' Bereavement services. I have worked with a range of issues such as bereavement, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship problems to name a few.

I have also volunteered with SARSVL (Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds) providing pre-trial counselling for clients.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with


  • Children and Young People
  • School related issues
  • Self harm
  • Disordered eating and body issues
  • Trauma incl. domestic abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress
  • Autism
  • Family relationship difficulties

These are my specialisms, but I have experience working with a range of issues It is important to pick a therapist who has experience in working with your issue If there is an issue not listed above please do get in touch.


From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per session (60 minutes) 

£35 discounted rate- please contact if you feel like you may be eligible for this.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I generally work between the hours of 11am-9:30pm Monday-Thursday.

Please get in contact for specific times I have available.

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults