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About me

Hello,

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, face to face or telephone counselling sessions.

I run my private practice for face to face counselling from therapy rooms in Skipton and central Leeds.

Face to Face counselling:

Social distancing measures are maintained at each venue and in the therapy rooms. Prior to therapy I will carry out a risk assessment discussion with you via telephone, regarding any increased vulnerability to, exposure to, or symptoms of Covid19.

I will be offering face to face counselling sessions, with social distancing measures in place from the 17th May 2021.

Telephone Counselling:

The potential benefits of telephone counselling:

  • No travel costs and saves time.
  • You remain in your own safe environment.
  • 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

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Fees payable by BACS transfer, cash or cheque on the day.

Availability

Telephone counselling: Daytime, weekend and evening sessions available.

Face to face: In Skipton & Leeds between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm on weekdays. 

Weekends are negotiable.

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 provide an initial telephone call free of charge, for you to ask any questions about the way that I work. I find that this allows you the opportunity to decide if you are comfortable to work with me as your therapist.

I believe that the relationship between you and your counsellor is key to facilitating the changes that you wish to make. I offer you a safe and supportive relationship to enable you to work towards achieving your goals.

I provide both short and long-term work on a weekly basis, with progress reviews at regular intervals.

The first counselling session will be used to carry out an assessment to explore what you hope to achieve from therapy. We will look at your goals and together, we will explore your difficulties, thoughts and feelings, at a pace that feels right for you.

You are under no obligation to proceed with therapy following the initial telephone call 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.

Please see my website for more information.

Therapy Rooms At Suite 5
Craven Hall
Sackville Street
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 2PB

The Practice Rooms
45a Park Square East
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 2NL

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Kelly O'Donnell Counselling DipHE, MBACP

Kelly O'Donnell Counselling DipHE, MBACP