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About me

By focusing on your specific needs and situation, I work with you to  find the strategies and process that empower you to move forward in a positive and productive way.

First we pinpoint what it is you want to change and look at what this will be like in real-life terms, then we work together to make these goals a reality.

I incorporate a range of skills and techniques from leading approaches, combining them with years of experience and success with people from all backgrounds and situations to produce a working relationship specific to the needs of each client. My practice has supported individuals in a variety of environments; in schools, colleges, charitable organizations and as a private practitioner.

As well as being a registered member of the BACP, and working with clients in various organizations as well as my own practice, I also teach counselling to future practitioners, sharing my knowledge and experience with the next generation of mental health practitioners.

Help is here. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Observation Psychotherapy PG Dip (Leeds Uni.) 2007
  • Counselling PG Dip (Leeds Beckett) 2020
  • Additional advanced training in ACT, TA, Anxiety management, Grief Counselling and Trauma support.
  • Counselling Tutor, providing training and support for CPCAB levels 2 through to 4.
  • Over twenty years experience in education and in supporting young people.
  • Registered member of the BACP.
  • Fully Insured.
  • Qualified First Aider

In my own practice I work with all ages starting from 16+ in one to one sessions to find the balance and well-being life can seem to lack. The range of issues I have supported clients through are too many to list here; they range from anxiety, body issues through to stress, self harm and work related pressures.

Focusing primarily on short-term goal orientated programmes, I encourage the individual to take an active role in deciding the route of their rehabilitation. Longer term work is available but this develops over time at the client's request rather than a requirement to commit to an extensive course of treatment from the start.

As well as working in larger organisations and my own private practice, I continue to train future counsellors to support the widening awareness of the importance of mental health in day to day life.

Member organisations


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


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£45 - £60 dependent on length of session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Evening appointments are available upon request.

Further information


  • Counselling and Psychotherapy, Post Grad. Diploma
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Post Grad. Diploma
  • Masters in Literature
  • Post Grad. Cert. in Education

Additional Training in

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anxiety and Trauma Treatment
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults