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About me


I understand that choosing a counsellor can be a daunting task, so if you have any questions, please contact me. I have a warm, compassionate and supportive approach.

My background is in mental health nursing. I have 30 + years experience working with clients with mild to severe and enduring mental health difficulties. I have vast experience in containing distress and making sense of people's lives. I am passionate about mental health and helping people to overcome difficulty and find their potential to create the lives they desire. As a therapeutic counsellor I have considerable experience working with those affected by sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bereavement, anxiety and depression.

My aim is for us to work together, to help you to regain resilience, balance and a feeling of wellbeing.

My vision - To help you to relieve feelings of distress and to transform personal challenges into life enhancing opportunities.

My mission - To guide and facilitate an educational and therapeutic experience to help you to:

  • Improve self-awareness.
  • Strengthen resilience.
  • Develop a clearer understanding of problems, patterns and issues.
  • Become empowered to move forward.

I offer a safe, professional and confidential counselling service, which includes one to one sessions, either face to face at my private practice near Skipton, or via telephone.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, I currently offer telephone counselling sessions only.

The potential benefits of telephone counselling:

  • No travel costs and saves time.
  • You remain in your own safe environment.
  • More suitable if you have mobility issues or live in a remote area.

I am a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). My work is guided by its ethical framework for the counselling professions which puts client wellbeing at its heart.

If you are looking for support with difficult issues or events, past or present, or if you have any questions and require further information, then please get in touch on the telephone number or email provided.

I will aim to contact you within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • DipHE Therapeutic Counselling, (Leeds Beckett University) BACP Accredited course, 2016
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, (Craven College, Skipton), 2014
  • K260 Death Dying & Bereavement, (Open university), 1993
  • Registered Level 1 Mental Health Nurse (RMN), 1989
  • Additional Training-
  • Anxiety it’s time to go (NLP) workshop, 2020
  • Domestic abuse awareness training, 2017
  • Issues surrounding sexual abuse training, 2014

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

Adults affected directly or indirectly by childhood sexual abuse.


£50.00 per 50 minute session.


I am currently able to offer telephone counselling sessions outside of normal working hours.

I have daytime, weekend and evening sessions available.

Further information

Counselling is a Talking Therapy which can help you to feel heard, understood and supported. It allows you to discuss your problems and any difficult feelings that you are having, in a safe and confidential environment.

I offer both short and long-term work and I usually provide six sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However, if you feel that you need more or less than this, we can discuss it.

The first session will be used to carry out an assessment to explore what you hope to achieve from therapy. It also allows you the opportunity to decide if you feel comfortable working with me as your therapist.

You are under no obligation to proceed with therapy following the initial session should you decide that it is not for you.

I hold a current enhanced disclosure and barring certificate.

I receive regular supervision.

I am fully insured.

Employee Assistance/Counselling and GP referrals welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile.

North Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Kelly O'Donnell Counselling DipHE, MBACP

Kelly O'Donnell Counselling DipHE, MBACP