Kerry Attardo, BSc (Hons)
In light of the governments announcement regarding lockdown, social distancing and essential work, I have made the decision to offer online and telephone counselling as an alternative to face to face until the restrictions are lifted.
Thank your for visiting my page, I understand that searching for a counsellor can be a daunting experience, it can be hard to find the right counsellor for you and difficult to make that first step on your counselling journey.
I hope that I can ease some of those worries.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy, which provides a safe, confidential area for clients to discuss their difficulties and emotions, counselling is a process that can enable the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different point of view, this can help the client to focus on their feelings, experiences or behaviours with the goal of facilitating change.
Counselling is based on a relationship of trust between client and counsellor, confidentiality is paramount to counselling, the client will also not be judged and can speak freely.
As a person centred counsellor I strive to provide a non judgmental, confidential space that puts you as the client at the centre of the therapy. I will not tell you what to do, but I will encourage you to discover what you need to do for you. I can enable you to unpick your thoughts and feelings and make sense of what they mean to you.
What to expect from your initial assessment
I offer a free 30 minute initial assessment, the aim for the initial assessment is for you and I to meet and discuss what your expectations are from counselling. I provide this as a free service as picking a counsellor is a very personal choice, this will enable you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you, it is important that you feel safe an comfortable. During the initial assessment we will also discuss ethical issues with counselling such as boundaries and contracting.
If you decide to go forward with counselling with me we can make an appointment for your counselling sessions to start.
What to expect from counselling
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. You as the client are in control of what you bring to the session, you are able to talk freely about your feelings and experiences. This can be what is there for you in the hear and now, or in your past. I will not pressure you to discuss things that are too painful for you, but I will provide a space for you to feel safe to do so when you are ready. The aim is for you to find better ways to understand yourself and gain a deeper insight to your difficulties. I can provide counselling both long term and short term.
I am a person centred counsellor that is based in Wakefield City Centre, I have a degree in therapeutic counselling and have gained much of my experience working with clients with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, PTSD and many more. I place a lot of value on the therapeutic relationship, the more I can enable you to feel safe and comfortable the more you will be able to share with me, this will result in therapeutic progress and self discovery.
As a registered member of the BACP I adhere to a strict code of ethics.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange an initial assessment please do not hesitate to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 Health and Social Care
- Level 2 Safeguarding
- Level 3 Health and Social Care
- Level 3 Counselling Skills
- Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 6 BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling
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
Free initial assessment
£40 per counselling session
Student discount is available
My counselling space is situated in Wakefield city centre, I offer free car parking in a secure car park at my building. My counselling space is on the first floor, so I am unable to provide disability access.