About me

Hello, I'm Josephine, I am a Therapeutic Counsellor and Coach based in Harrogate.

When life feels more difficult than usual it can be hard to know where to turn for support. Anxiety and depression, feelings of panic or being out of control can cause distress, make life feel unbearable.

​If you're feeling lost, low, suffering anxiety and feeling unhappy I can help you find your way to deal issues, cope with difficult times and help you get the spark back in your life.

You don't have to pretend; you don't have to be "fine".

This is your space to breathe. I provide a safe environment to help you explore how you're feeling without being judged. I can help you understand what's going on, why you feel the way you do and explore ways of feeling better.

Most sessions are via Zoom or phone.  Some face to face sessions will be available from September.  I welcome any questions and I look forward to hearing from you.

Please visit my website www.space2breathecounselling.com

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 7 qualified, BACP Registered counsellor and therapist.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Level 7)
  • University Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 5)

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP),
I work within their Ethical Framework and am professionally supervised.
Prior to setting up in private practice, I have worked as a counsellor at:

  • York College - working with young people and adults
  • Holy Rood House in Thirsk - working with young people and adults
  • Just Be and Talking Space in Harrogate - working with adults

I have many years experience mentoring and coaching pupils, teachers and university students gained during my previous career in education.

Counselling Experience:

I have been practicing as a counsellor for four years, in the voluntary sector and now in Private Practice. I have significant experience counselling young people (16+), adults and senior citizens, working with a wide range of issues.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

Working with Bereaved Clients; Life Coaching Certificate; Coaching Young People; Coaching for Mental Health; The Fusion Model (Integrating Counselling and Coaching; Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Women and Problem Gambling; CBT Essentials; Suicide Prevention; Safeguarding Children; Safeguarding Adults;  Information Governance (GDPR).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Lockdown related anxiety, loneliness, depression and distress
  • Difficult decisions
  • Work related stress and Burnout
  • Ofsted, Depression, Anxiety, Bullying
  • Exam and post-exam anxiety; school phobia
  • Life Direction; Hopelessness; Lost
  • Perfectionism and never feeling good enough
  • Therapy through Creativity


From £40.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Standard rate is £45, Concessions for Students and Mental Health workers £40.

Payments are by bank transfer before each session.

The first session is an Initial Assessment and is free.  I will ask you some basic questions and we will discuss your reasons for coming to counselling and the changes you would like to make. If by the end of the Initial Assessment we decide to work together we will discuss the practical aspects of our counselling contract (time of the sessions, cancellation, holiday etc.). Then we will decide when to meet again and take it from there.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

10am to 7.30pm weekdays (last appt 6.30pm)

Further information

Please visit my website www.space2breathecounselling.com

North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

The counselling rooms are up three flights of stairs.

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Josephine Kerr

Josephine Kerr