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Free Your Mind-Counselling Service- MNCS-Acc,

About me

I am working face to face again, however you still have the option to work online via Google meet, teams. Skype or your preferred platform or over the phone if you prefer.

Do you want to understand why you feel or behave the way you do?

There are often times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed with what may be going on for us. This can be due to a current situation or something from our past which has not been resolved and affecting your current life.

Do you feel like you want to change or improve something?

Are you struggling with some difficult experience or trauma?

If you have been thinking about about these things and want to work on creating a positive future for yourself please contact me, I can help you work through your feelings, talking to someone who does not judge or know others in your life can feel easier, as It can be hard sometimes, to speak to someone you know about sensitive problems or concerns.

Have you have ever just wanted someone to listen to you? Someone who will not judge or criticise you about your thoughts or feelings. I am here to listen.

You may feel like you are burdening family and friends, by talking about your problems which may then make you feel guilty. When you speak to a counsellor you won't feel guilty because it's all about YOU, that's what I am here for. To listen to YOU.

If you are struggling to deal with difficult situations, past or present. Trying to cope with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, Loss & bereavement, relationship/family issues, childhood issues or anything which is causing you pain or distress. I can offer you a safe and confidential space to work through these thoughts and feelings.

Some people feel worried about opening up and talking about difficult things, but we will explore what's going on for you at a pace which is right for you, to enable you to move forward in your life.

You don't have to make the journey on your own, we can work through it together.

I am a qualified counsellor my diploma is in the person centred approach to counselling.  I have worked with long and short term issues such as, anxiety, GAD, stress, depression, money problems, abuse, bereavement, self-harm, relationship problems, low self-esteem, child related issues, gambling and other addictions, family issues, coercive control and much more.

Whatever has brought you to this point be assured that you will receive a friendly welcome in a professional and relaxing environment. I offer a free telephone consultation, send me an email me to arrange this.

Children & Young People-My background is supporting young people through various issues, I have worked in education for over 14 years supporting students to year 11, some of whom have additional needs such as; ADHD, Asperger's, learning difficulties.

This included helping them over come barriers to learning which often means working closely with them on personal issues which affects their ability to work in school, it has included things such as anger management, self harm, improving self esteem, anxiety, GAD, bullying, family issues, abuse, bereavement, etc.

Adults-I have experience volunteering and subsequently working at a charity for several years, counselling adults often with complex needs; who couldn't otherwise access counselling, due to low income. The issues I have dealt with are varied such as addictions, anxiety, GAD, depression, childhood issues, abuse, bereavement, relationship and much more.

Bereavement-I have trained with Cruse Bereavement and supported clients who are experiencing difficult emotions following a loss. This could be a recent loss, or emotions which have resurfaced after a long period of time.

Grief can stay with you for a long time there is no time scale, this can feel very difficult as other peoples expectations may be that you 'should be over it now'.

If you feel like you have nobody to talk to it can be very lonely. Contact me for further information as I also run a Loss & Bereavement group in Oakwood and other areas. (Group Suspended at the moment)

Additional training with The Foundation For Infant Loss I completed a course in Pregnancy and Infant Loss.  If this has affected you please contact me if you feel you would like support through this difficult time. There will be many different emotions and thoughts which you and your partner will be experiencing.

Gambling Completed training with GamCare who support people struggling with a gambling problem.  This can have an impact on various areas of your life, finances, family and friends. If you feel you would like some support please contact me in confidence.

Relationship counselling- I will support you to work out how to progress in your relationship. This is not the same as relate. It does mean a commitment from both people in the relationship to attend together for a number of sessions


My private practice is in Oulton near Rothwell LS26

If getting to an appointment is difficult I offer alternative convenient solutions which may suit you better such as, Skype, FaceTime, google meet and telephone counselling. For some people this is helpful if they have family/work commitments, disabilities or have difficultly attending. This may be more convenient for you or save time in travelling. It may be that you will feel more comfortable speaking about your issues from the comfort of your own home.

If you are interested in finding out more or checking on availability, please e-mail me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a counselling diploma in person centred counselling. This is non-directive and client led therapeutic counselling, helping you work through your thoughts and feelings, at your pace.
Since qualifying I have done further training and work in a variety of ways  

  • over 14 yrs experience working with young people some who have specific needs such as autism, moderate learning difficulties, ADHD & emotional issues.
  • Full DBS check
  • Member of the NCS-Acc and adhere to their ethical framework
  • Worked as a learning mentor within a high school- helping young people overcome a variety of issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, bereavement, family breakdowns, substance abuse, self harm. Anxiety GAD
  • Run social & emotional, self-esteem and general support groups to help overcome fear & anxiety, gain confidence and deal with emotions and other issues.
  • Worked along side an educational psychologist to deliver CBT to individuals and groups.
  • voluntary counselling at a charitable organisation, for over 3 years, working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse, relationship problems, bereavement and much more.
  • completed a course with Cruse bereavement and worked with them
  • certificate for pregnancy & Infant Loss training
  • Private practice
  • Trained & Work with Gamcare to support people with gambling problems
  • TA couples counselling
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)- working with businesses to help support staff.  I also offer direct employee counselling which can be offset against taxable profits this is available to sole traders, partnerships and small businesses saving you the cost of working directly with EAP providers who may be more costly.   
  • Professionally Qualified Supervisor
  • Creative counselling

Additional Training

  • Safeguarding
  • Autism & ADHD
  • Laughter therapy
  • FEAR model for GAD and panic attacks
  • Cruse Bereavement
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss-pregnancy & infant loss
  • GamCare-working with problem gamblers
  • working with couples.
  • supervision based on the seven- eyed supervision process model-Manchester institute of psychotherapy.-
  • PTSD-Specialist Rewind Trauma Therapy Qualified
  • Transactional Analysis 101
  • Working creatively in counselling
  • inner child
  • Rewind for trauma & PTSD

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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From £30.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

  • £50per 50min session.  Evening and Weekends £55
  • couples - £60 60mins / £90 90mins.  Evening and Weekends £65/£95
  • Online £45 per 50 min session.   Evening and Weekends £50

Supervision Fees

  • £70 - 90 mins
  • £50 - 60 mins


  • £60-90mins  

  • £40 - 60mins

  • £30 - 45mins

    Payment due when you book an appointment

  • 48h notice is required for cancellations less than 48h and the full fee applies
  • reduced rate for students and low income. 

Payment required in advance to secure room booking, by bank transfer

I offer both long and short term counselling to suit your needs.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mon-Thurs 9.00-20.00

Fri 9.00-12.00

Sat 10.00-14.00

Further information

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Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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The room is on the 1st floor 1 flight of stairs. There are toilet facilities

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I have completed Post Graduate L7 supervision training at The Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy - based on the seven-eyed model of supervision

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