Are you feeling overwhelmed? Life can feel like that to us all at times. If you would like to talk about your problems and feelings with someone without worrying about being judged, I can help.
I know it's not always easy to talk to the people around you; maybe because you're struggling to express what's bothering you or because you think they're part of the problem. Maybe you want to talk without having to consider how what you say impacts the other person. You might just feel like others wouldn't really listen, care enough or understand.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I offer a safe space to talk without any of those barriers, will listen without judgement and help you make sense of things to find a way forward. I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in central Leeds.
I provide unlimited counselling and psychotherapy for a range of issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, relationship difficulties and trauma. I can also help if you're feeling stuck and unsure how to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) from Leeds Beckett University. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic models that I integrate to meet my clients’ individual needs. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Standards and Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I have specialist knowledge and experience of working with three broad client groups:
Childhood Trauma & Sexual Abuse – The word ‘trauma’ often conjures images of fatal accidents, war and violence but as children we often experience trauma with a small t – incidents that we may later dismiss or minimise, but that have a lasting impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing. Before starting my private practice I worked in services dedicated to helping adults work through difficult and traumatic childhood experiences including bullying, parental separation and divorce, abandonment and neglect, volatile and violent family environments and emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Male Clients – I am passionate about ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues for men. I strongly believe that reaching out for help when you’re struggling shows great strength and have helped male clients explore and overcome limiting beliefs and traumatic experiences to achieve positive results.
Female Clients – I have extensive first-hand experience of the challenges facing women in today’s society, from the expectations we place on ourselves to the demands of our careers and the delicate balance between professional and personal life. Whether you’re struggling to make a life-changing decision or grappling with the pressures of everyday life, I have the skills and knowledge to help you.
I do not work with couples or Covid19 bereavement.
I receive specialist mentoring by attending regular supervision in line with BACP guidelines. This enhances the quality of the service I offer, ensures my work meets professional standards, advances my learning, stimulates creativity, and supports me to maintain resilience and fitness to practice.
I am passionate about continually improving my counselling skills and knowledge so I read widely, regularly attend training courses and events and take part in a monthly professional development group.
My own experience has led to my involvement in campaigning for social justice and parity of esteem for mental health. My speaking engagements include: The Women's Equality Party Conference 2020; The All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus; The Good Grief Festival; The Primadonna Literary Festival.
I am fully insured and am registered with the ICO for GDPR.
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 am particularly interested in working with childhood trauma and complex PTSD
I charge £50 per session