Josephine Callaghan: MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist/MA Dip/ BSc Hons Psych
Hello and welcome to my profile. I am a qualified and experienced Relational Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist for individuals and couples, based in Farsley, Leeds, providing a high quality Counselling Service for the people of Leeds; Horsforth, Bradford, Calverley, Stanningley, Pudsey, Farnley, Morley, Headingley, Bramley, Drighlington and Gildersome. Many client recommendations have helped me build my practice; offering you assurance I am a practitioner of the highest quality.
My background experience includes working in the NHS for the past 15 years, the Higher Education and Voluntary sectors, GP referrals and Private Practice. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which means I offer the highest standard of professional care.
I have a wealth of experience working short and long term with a wide range of problems e.g. anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement and trauma, in a variety of settings. My psychotherapeutic training is underpinned by a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, providing me with a deep understanding of psychological processes, helping me to further understand the struggles life can bring us and how these affect our well-being. This helps to inform my practice, tailoring my work to the individual needs of each client. Whatever is important to you is important to me.
Helping You To Understand Yourself
Sometimes life throws you challenges, you feel uncertain and unhappy, unable to think clearly.
Counselling provides you with the space to learn more about yourself, to work through your feelings and sometimes to make life changing decisions. Some clients do not have a clearly defined problem, they simply feel lost, directionless and desperately need to find meaning in their lives.
By providing you with a caring, non-judgemental and safe environment, you are able to explore your difficulties and find new ways of being, learning new strategies to cope with the difficulties you face. This enables you the freedom to grow, to develop new and more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others, to become more comfortable in the person you desire to be.
I have specialist training in psychotherapeutic couples counselling, having trained at the Leeds Centre for Psychological Development. I work with couples that are distressed, discouraged and disconnected. Together, we can explore your relationship history and begin to piece together the reasons that the emotional and physical intimacy start to decline; whether that leads to helping to rebuild an empathic, fulfilling and connected relationship; or a pathway of separation.
Additionally, specialist training in bereavement, death, grief and loss, gained whilst working at the Bradford Bereavement Support Centre.
"I would recommend Josephine to anyone! Coming to weekly therapy with Josephine helped me to strengthen my self-esteem......through working together, I feel in a better position in the future to walk away from destructive relationships.....it gave me time to think.....my life seems so much easier now!"
"Josephine was warm and caring....I never felt judged.....I was amazed at where my journey went...like I turned myself inside out and found a new me.....I also know I have support in the future if I need it, so I can work on any other issues as they come up, and that feels so good!"
My Therapeutic Approach
The model I am trained in is the Relational Approach. This approach places relationships as essential to how we feel about ourselves, including the relationship between Therapist and Client. This model adopts an integrative approach, underpinned by the warmth of the Person Centred Approach and incorporating Existential, Humanistic, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Attachment Theories. I am therefore able to tailor my therapeutic approach to the individual needs of my clients.
Areas of Counselling I deal with:
My background in psychology has enabled me to understand the complexities of the mind and behaviour. This has given me the ability to be empathic whilst working alongside complex presentations such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, risk issues, suicide, loss and bereavement, affairs and betrayal, bullying, childhood and life event trauma, stress, panic attacks, relationship problems, marriage difficulties and divorce, family problems, emotional abuse, work difficulties, self esteem, addictions, anger management and many other issues.
I realise taking the first steps to seek help can be difficult. Please feel free to call, e-mail or text if you would like to make an appointment or ask any questions about the counselling process. I will happily reply to your message within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters Level Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (University of Leeds)
- BSc (Hons) First Class Degree in Psychology (The Open University)
- Certificate in Social Sciences (The Open University)
- Certificate in Working With Couples (Leeds Centre for Psychological Development)
- CTI Level 2 Counselling Training Programme (Joseph Priestley College)
- Certificate in Mental Health First Aid
- I have studied degree level modules on psychological interactions e.g. bullying and harassment, alongside ethics.
BSc (Hons) Degree Psychology Modules:
- An introduction to the Social Sciences.
- Exploring Psychology Project: Memory Systems
- Child Development
- Social Psychology
- Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain
- Cognitive Psychology
- Ethics in Real Life.
I hold a full Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate.
I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover.
Training and Experience
My background experience includes working in the NHS for the past 15 years, alongside in the Higher Education Sector, including supporting students. My experience in the Voluntary sector includes:
Home-Start, Leeds - visiting families in their own homes, supporting parents who often felt isolated, depressed and exhausted, struggling with the challenges that parenting brings.
Noah's Ark Adults and Children's Counselling Centre, Halifax - Offering Counselling and Psychotherapy to the local community.
Bradford Bereavement Support - Working with individuals who have encountered issues of death, loss and grief.
I attend regular Clinical Supervision and am committed to my own Continuing Professional Development, attending relevant training and courses.
Training Courses include:
- Certificate in Hard to Help Clients in Counselling
- Certificate in Babies and Bonding
- Certificate in Bereavement: Grief and Loss
- Certificate in Defence Mechanisms and their part in the Bereavement Process
- Certificate: Home-Start Volunteers Preparation Course
- Certificate in working with Gays, Lesbians and Transgender
- Certificate in Counselling Couples
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
- Training in Relaxation Techniques
- Safeguarding Children and Young People Workshop
- Self Harm Workshop
- Working with Teenagers
- Working with Families
- Assertiveness Training
- The Data Protection Act
- Sage & Thyme: Foundation Level Workshop: Listening and responding to people who are worried or distressed
- Unconscious Bias
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Individual Counselling: £50.00
Couples Counselling: £65.00
Online and Telephone Counselling: £50.00
Reduced fees available for trainee counsellors.
All sessions are 50 minutes.
Cash or cheque accepted for payment.
I realise taking the first steps to seek help can be difficult, so please feel free to call, e-mail or text if you have any questions about my service and I will happily respond to any questions you may have. If you leave a message I will get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.
My practice is located in a safe, quiet, easily accessible building with adjacent parking. Transport links via rail and bus are very good.
I am available to see clients both daytime and evening.
Monday to Friday - 9:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - By Arrangement
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday - daytime and evening appointments: 9:30 am - 10:00 pm. Weekends by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|