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(MBACP)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st September 2022

About me

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Therapy can be useful when life is difficult and nothing else seems to work. Finding the right therapist, someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe, is one of the most important factors for a successful outcome. So I hope the information below will help give you some idea of whether I might be the right person for you.

I have worked for several years one-to-one with adults and young people on a wide range of issues and difficulties. My aim is to provide support in a respectful, compassionate and down to earth way. I work mainly in a peaceful and private room in central Halifax but can also offer some sessions in Hebden Bridge.

You might be seeking a practical and solution-focused approach to your problem, or you might need something more explorative - a confidential place where you can gain some insight into what's going on for you and how this might have arisen. You might want just a few sessions or to work in a longer term, more open-ended way.

The best therapy is a collaboration. I don't come with a fixed theory of what will help you, instead I work in a careful and holistic way in order to support your own process of healing. My experience of working with mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, has shown that these can often signal that something needs to change in our lives or in our relationship with ourselves or other people. Sometimes the experiences that have hurt us, recently or in the past, can suddenly bring us to a standstill as a way of demanding our time and attention.

I see therapy as a useful way of finding some breathing space. Space to get in touch with yourself, to understand and care for yourself better. Space to come to terms with painful feelings or experiences. Space to gain some clarity and resilience or to make the changes you feel are needed to start living and growing again in the ways that are best for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a PG Diploma in Integrative Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University). I use a variety of theoretical approaches in my work - Person-centred, TA, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, CBT, CFT, Creative therapies and Solution Focused approaches. As a registered member of the BACP, I abide by its Ethical Framework.

I have many years of experience in enabling people to explore and express themselves, both creatively and for personal development. Before working as a counsellor/psychotherapist, I originally worked in arts education with adults and young people, and later as a qualified complementary therapist using therapeutic touch and energy healing.

I have worked as a counsellor at Bradford University and WomenCentre in Huddersfield. I currently work for Noah’s Ark Centre, both in Halifax and for their outreach service at Valley Medical Centre in Hebden Bridge alongside my private practice. I have also run counselling skills training courses for Calderdale Adult Education for the past 5 years.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

Fees

From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Introductory session: 30 - 40 mins - no charge

We will then agree together on a fee for subsequent sessions from the scale below:

Adults: £40 - 50, concessions/low income £35 (50 or 60 mins)

Young people aged 16 -18, and F/T students: £35 (45 or 50 mins)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8.30am - 7.30pm 

Thursday 8.30am - 2.00pm

Day-time appointments are in-person, by Zoom or phone. Evening appointments are by Zoom or phone only.

Further information

Please note: I have no more free spaces for new clients at the moment but you are welcome to email me if you'd like me to contact you when my availability changes - this is likely to be in January.

Room Inside Counselling & Psychotherapy, Croft Myl, West Parade, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2EQ

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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The practice room is on the first floor - sorry there is no lift.

Online platforms

Zoom