Are you struggling to make sense of something that has happened? Do you feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward? Do you have a sense that something needs to change but are not sure where to start? Perhaps there is a sense of feeling overwhelmed by your difficulties. Or you may not be living the kind of life you would like.
I work in a collaborative way to help you understand and overcome the barriers that are preventing you from living your life in the way you would like. Every client is unique and as such, my integrative approach enables me to work in ways that suit you as an individual and your specific situation.
My aim is to support you in gaining understanding and insight, which will help you to explore different perspectives and make choices for yourself. I will help you identify your strengths and resources so that you can utilise these as we find a way forward that works for you.
I recognise that finding the right counsellor is key to achieving the outcome you would like. Therefore I offer an initial free telephone consultation up to 20 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and decide if you would like to work together.
Counselling sessions take place at my Clifton Moor office where free car parking is available nearby. We can work on open-ended basis, or you may prefer to work together for an agreed time period.
If you would like to arrange a free 20-minute telephone session, or you have any questions about my approach, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling with distinction from York St John University. My placement during this time was at local mental health charity York Mind where I worked with a very broad range of clients for up to 16 weeks.
I also work as a freelance counsellor at York Mind on the Action Towards Inclusion Project which supports unemployed individuals to overcome difficulties and enables them to work towards job searching, training, education and ultimately employment. I also facilitate a weekly peer support group at York Mind with a focus on mental health.
I previously worked at York Mind for nearly 3 years as a Volunteer Mentor, providing one to one support for people recovering from a variety of mental health conditions using goal focused coaching. I encouraged clients to identify meaningful and realistic goals as part of their journey towards recovery. I helped clients utilise their strengths and internal resources to identify and achieve these goals and overcome the blocks preventing them from moving forward. I also spent a year facilitating an assertiveness course at the Kyra Women’s Project in York to enable women to develop their communication skills.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I spent over 20 years working in marketing and IT. As such, I understand the pressures and challenges of working in business environments, interpersonal difficulties when working in teams and barriers to effective communication.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am committed to furthering my professional development. I have completed training in:
- Working with the depressed client
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Trauma and Brain Plasticity
- Mental Health Issues for Counsellors
- Working with survivors of sexualised trauma
- Compassion Focused Therapy in Practice
- Working with Client Strengths
- Sexual Abuse and Rape Training
- Internal Family Systems
- Exploring the dynamics of attachment in adults
- An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Integrating Counselling with Coaching
- Working with Emotion Focused Therapy
- Working at Relational Depth
- Anger Management
- Working with Loss and Bereavement
- Ethics and the Law in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Working therapeutically with eating disorders
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Offering online video and telephone counselling sessions throughout the UK. I do have some availability presently. Please get in touch if you'd like to arrange a free 20 minute initial call.