Reaching out for help takes courage, particularly if your self-esteem and confidence are low. But, if you want to make changes in your life then you may need support. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons; anxiety, relationship issues, depression, bereavement, trauma etc. Perhaps you feel inhibited, have unhealthy patterns of behaviour or your emotions may be hijacking your ability to respond and keep perspective. Whatever the reason, the chances are you are feeling distressed. You don’t have to keep struggling alone. Together we can work out what is causing you to feel threatened, overwhelmed or empty.
I use a number of therapeutic approaches tailored to each client’s individual problems, needs and characteristics. Everyone is different, so expecting someone to fit into one method of therapy is for me, too restrictive. What is common to my approach is that we will work together and I will respect your pace and direction you wish to go in without judgment.
Asking for help when we feel vulnerable shows strength rather than weakness. I have successfully supported adults, children and young people to find their own solutions for overcoming unhealthy beliefs and behaviours. I have an interest in animal-assisted therapy and can provide clients with the opportunity to work with a therapy dog should they wish.
During the COVID19 pandemic, I am offering telephone and video-link sessions (e.g. Zoom) as well as face to face sessions. These are unprecedented times and difficult emotions and behaviours are likely to be understandable reactions to these extreme circumstances. Please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation to see if remote counselling will work for you at this time.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training as a counsellor seemed the natural step in a career that always had people at its centre. I trained to Postgraduate Level at Leeds Beckett University, obtaining a distinction in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PG Dip). I have an additional qualification in Counselling Children and Young People.
As well as running my private practice I work or have worked with with several counselling organisations;
- Place2Be – counselling young people at secondary school in Leeds.
- Talking Spaces, Harrogate/Northallerton - offering counselling support to adults with a variety of mental health issues including; anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma and PTSD,
- JustB Bereavement, Harrogate - providing specialist support to adults and children who are struggling with loss, both recently and in the past.
- JustB Schools - counselling primary school children in various Harrogate locations.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.
I have additional specialist training in the following areas; ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training, Working with Self-harm and Suicide, Eating Disorders, Mental Health First Aid and specialised counselling children & young people training.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in Animal Assisted Therapy and have a therapy dog. She is called Mo, is 4 years-old and is also a registered Pets As Therapy dog. My insurance fully covers the incorporation of Mo within sessions.
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
My fees are £45 per 50 minute session.
I offer short and long-term therapy for adults, young people and children over 10 years. Younger children may be considered after an initial consultation.
There is the option of including my therapy dog within the sessions. This can be discussed and incorporated at any point. Please be aware I only work with my therapy dog at my Leeds base.
Please don't struggle alone. Contact me for an informal chat on how I can help. I recognise how daunting the first step can be. Start by sending me an e-mail, text or leave a message on my mobile. It’s possible I won’t be able to reply there and then but I will get in touch in the same way you have, to arrange a convenient time to speak.
Tel:07306 309 796
You can also find out more information about me and how I work at my website;
Monday 12noon- 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesdays 8am- 6pm
Thursdays 8am - 7pm
Fridays: 8am - 1pm
Why use a Therapy dog?
The idea of opening up to someone and talking for 50 minutes may seem daunting or overwhelming. The inclusion of an animal in the setting has been found to take away the initial intensity of the situation and also increase commitment to therapy. Animals, and dogs in particular, have been shown to have a calming effect on the body reducing blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone production.
Observing and interacting with animals can also increase self-awareness, understanding and empathy to others. Dogs are not able to lie and therefore any response by them will be genuine which can give us an insight into how our behaviour might impact on others.
Developing a bond with an animal can also model the positive nature of interpersonal relationships, which may have been lacking in someone’s life.
The inclusion of my therapy dog within sessions will very much be tailored to an individual's wants and needs. She can become an active part of the session or be there simply as an ice-breaker and comforter.