Kate Graham UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist
Hello: I'm Kate. welcome to my profile, and thank you for your interest in counselling and psychotherapy.
Counsellors: In 2020 I am offering free supervision as part of my work towards a UKCP Supervision diploma. I accept trainees as well as more experienced therapists, and am happy to work by video link or face to face at my office in Ilkley.
I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist. I don't judge you, and I strive to be authentic, to offer a space where you can be genuinely heard and met. I offer both short term counselling and longer-term therapy, depending on your needs and interests. I am passionate about helping people grow and connect with themselves, and with others, and find their way once again in their lives.
I have helped people work through a wide range of issues such as
- Loss and bereavement
- Childhood and more recent trauma
- Anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder
- Depression and feeling sad
- Relationship and family issues
- Sexuality and identity
- Low self esteem and self confidence
- Life purpose and direction
I have worked in a wide range of settings prior to becoming a psychotherapist: in the voluntary sector, in international development, and as a consultant, trainer and coach. With my colleagues at Triangle Consulting I developed the Outcomes Star and a range of other developmental outcome tools. Underpinning all of this was a concern to support people and help them make the changes they wished to make. I bring all of this experience to my therapy practice and to supervision.
What happens in therapy? Our first session together is a chance to explore what has brought you to counselling or therapy, and what you hope to get from it. It is also a chance for you to decide whether you would like to work with me, and for me to assess whether I have the skills and experience to offer you what you need.
From this session we will work out whether a short focused set of sessions would work for you, or whether you would prefer longer term, open ended therapy, and agree a way forward. I will often suggest that people try six sessions anyway, before making any longer term commitment.
Therapy is a place to explore what is really going on for you, in a safe and attentive space. It is time to really pay attention to yourself, and listen to what is going on for you, and be truly listened to. My aim is to provide you with a warm, kind, supportive (and challenging) safe environment in which to undertake this exploration.
People who have observed me working have commented on my calm presence and my care, kindliness and warmth. I pay attention to what you tell me through your body as much as your words, and I am interested in your felt experience, as often it is hard to put words to what you are feeling. As well as working with what you feel in your body I may also use creative techniques to help us understand what is going on for you and between us, where this is something that works for you. My aim is to work with you to find the approach that fits you best, and to develop this as we work together.
My therapy room is close to Ben Rhydding station, one stop before Ilkley, less than half an hour by a regular train service train from Leeds or Bradford. There is also plenty of free parking just outside my door.
I am a full clinical member of UKCP and am bound by their ethical code, holding a post graduate diploma as an Integrative Psychotherapist through four years of advanced training. I have trained extensively in NLP and am a qualified Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer, as well as an NLP Coach.
I am committed to learning and professional and personal development, in order to provide the best service possible to my clients. I read widely, write regularly, and attend frequent CPD. Recent training includes trauma techniques (eg EMDR pt 1 and 2, Rewind by David Muss, Narrative Therapy), creative approaches for working with children and young people, working with Faith and the spirit, working with Shame, how to train teachers and communicate a therapeutic approach in schools.
These courses, together with my training, give me a wide range of tools to work with the issues you may bring, so that I can tailor my approach to your needs. Each relationship is unique, as we all need different things.
I take part in a regular CPD group focused on the therapeutic needs of people with autism and ADHD, to develop and update my knowledge of this specialised and much needed area. I am particularly interested in working with people with high functioning autism as I have seen the distress and anxiety associated with this condition, especially in teens, and have generally been able to help this, though working carefully to identify and meet relational and emotional needs.
I am fully insured and receive regular supervision from a highly experienced psychotherapist and trainer. I am currently training as a UKCP accredited supervisor. This involves a taught course of 90 hours and 50 hours of clinical practice.
In addition to my private practice, I currently work with young and adult refugees and asylum seekers for Yorkshire charity Solace Surviving Exile and Persecution, working in Huddersfield and Wakefield in homes and schools. I have a breadth of experience in working multiculturally and through interpreters. In the last five years I have worked in a local secondary school and in a Bradford primary school. I have previously worked with school students and staff at (what was then) Goole High School. I enjoy working with young people, and with people of all ages. I am also interested in working with clergy and those for whom faith is important. I am a Quaker and engage in regular spiritual practise.
Locations for face to face counselling
My counselling and psychotherapy practice is based in Ilkley and is easy to reach by train and road from Leeds, Bradford, Bingley, Balidon, Guiseley, Saltaire, Menston, Skipton, Harrogate and much of West Yorkshire.
Do you feel more alive, more connected, more grounded when outdoors? If you find that you can connect to your feelings more easily when out in the open air you might like consider taking your therapy session outside.
For more details about this please take a look at my website
I also offer online counselling via the secure platform VSEE. For more information about this please don't hesitate to contact me.
What to do next
If you think working with me might be helpful to you, please call or text me on 07866 323291 or email. If you would like to have a chat on the phone to help you work out whether you would like to come I welcome this I look forward to hearing from you.
Free first half hour
I don't charge for the first 30 minutes of your initial session (if you decide to stay for the hour, the fee is £25), so you are free to come and see if working with me might work for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA from Cambridge, an Msc in International Policy Studies (Bristol) and and MA in Conflict Resolution (Bradford).
I have a post postgraduate certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (Oxford Brookes) and the NLP qualifications described above.
Before training in psychotherapy I worked in the voluntary sector for nearly twenty years, in a varied career that took me to many countries, including living in Kenya and Ethiopia. I have learnt a great deal from these experiences and bring this learning to my practice. I am a trained community mediator.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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I charge £50 per session for individuals. The first half hour of the initial session is free.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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There are three steps up to the house. I also offer telephone and online counselling via VSEE. It is easy to reach Ilkley by train: 25 minutes from Leeds and from Bradford, allowing easy access from York and many other towns.
I work weekdays and occasional evenings. See website for current availability
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am currently training as a UKCP supervisor and during 2020, whilst in training, I am offering up to 10 hours of free supervision sessions to qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists.