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Accredited family, couple and parenting counsellor

About me

Good relationships are foundational to our happiness and well being but they can be disrupted by negative life-events, childhood losses, as well as sudden changes in our present-day circumstances. I trained and began practicing with Relate and have accumulated many years' experience of working with individuals, couples, young people and their families.

From a professional teaching background and as a parent of three sons and one daughter myself, I have gained a wealth of experience and additional, relevant qualifications through extensive parent training programmes and child development courses.

My communication skills are clear and helpful for all ages and ability levels. I naturally build a positive and trusted rapport with my clients who leave with increased hope and are keen to return to me for future sessions. Often clients maintain their relationships with me longer term, sometimes returning after a gap of time away and frequently recommending my counselling to friends or to other members of their family.

I also conduct shorter-term work and briefer solution-focussed therapy where appropriate, using a variety of creative resources, especially with young people. I work in a flexible time frame and do my best to accommodate the needs and particular circumstances of individual clients.

Getting in touch...

If you have any further questions about my counselling practice please text me on 07771701210 or click here to send me an email and we can arrange to have a free 15-minute telephone call and during this conversation, you can decide if you would like to book an introductory meeting with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Relate training- Graduate certificate in couple counselling
  • Postgraduate certificate in relationship therapy (family counselling)
  • MBACP Accreditation
  • Accredited Parenting trainer
  • PGCE (experienced teacher of primary and secondary ages.)

I am trained in systemic theory but have personal experience and additional qualifications in several other therapeutic disciplines and I will always tailor my practice to suit the needs and situations of my individual clients. I have completed an extensive number of professional CPD training courses over the years and continue to update my knowledge on a regular basis.

  • My work is fully supervised.
  • I hold professional indemnity insurance.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I charge £50 for individual and young people's work and £55 for family and couple sessions. I offer clients a discount if a block of six sessions are booked in advance.  I do not automatically charge for cancelled sessions, but do appreciate notice being given where possible.

I work in a flexible and mutually agreed time frame.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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Flexible working hours.

Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

There is plenty of parking space at the property.

Online platforms

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