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About me

I aim to offer you a safe and accepting space where we can explore what is going on for you and what it is that you want to gain through therapy.  We shall work together collaboratively with your focus, with the aim that you will gain understanding, insight and perspective that will help you to move forward.  As a humanistically trained counsellor, I believe that the therapeutic relationship we establish is crucial to the success of the therapeutic process. I shall work alongside you, to help you to find your own path; I won’t tell you what to do or give you advice; rather we will work together to find what is right for you.

I work in an integrative way.  This means that I draw on my core humanistic training together with the knowledge and experience gained from further professional development, to offer what is most relevant and helpful to you. I work short term and long term depending on your specific needs.

Before I moved into private work in 2017, I had over 10 years’ experience of working in the NHS based within GP surgeries and working with clients referred by their GPs. I routinely encountered and worked with a huge range of client issues from anxiety and depression to sexual abuse and identity issues. In addition to this I have worked at Scarborough Sixth Form College and at Leeds Trinity University and also as a volunteer counsellor at York Women's Counselling, where I saw vulnerable women for longer term therapy.

I offer sessions from St Bedes in York - centrally located in Blossom Street and near to car parks and the station - and from The Old Hungate Hospital Building in Sherburn - part of Sherburn Group Medical Practice.

I am also a part time Lecturer at York St John University teaching on the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Prior to training as a counsellor I worked in HR and Management Development.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling 2021

Counselling for Depression York St John University 2014

Diploma in Counselling (Distinction) York St John University 2008

Certificate in Counselling York St John University 2005

As an accredited BACP member I am committed to on-going CPD and have attended numerous workshops and training programmes such as:

Counselling On-line, Working at Relational Depth, Existential Counselling, Working with Anxiety, Worry and Rumination, Mindfulness, Working with Low Self-Esteem, Working with Trauma and Dissociation, Use of Attachment, Working therapeutically with eating disorders, Family Constellations, Working with the Unspoken in Therapy, Working with Trauma, The compassionate Self,

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

I am qualified in Counselling for Depression - a NICE recommended treatment of depression

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness


Additional information

The initial session costs £20 - this is a reduced rate to give us the opportunity to meet and explore whether we are a 'good fit' for each other.  Subsequent sessions are £45.

I have some concessional spaces - please enquire.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I am working online, predominantly via Zoom and also by telephone.   When I resume in-person work, my practice will be split between St Bedes, York - Mondays & Sherburn in Elmet - Tuesdays

Further information


My client days are Monday and Tuesdays

I am currently working online, predominantly via Zoom and also telephone.  I have found this to be an effective means of counselling throughout the pandemic and I have undertaken extensive training.

I am not able to offer evening appointments.

St Bedes Pastoral Centre
21 Blossom St
N Yorkshire
YO24 1AQ

Old Hungate Hospital
Sherburn In Elmet
LS25 6BL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair access available in Sherburn

Louise Ballard MBACP(Accred)

Louise Ballard MBACP(Accred)