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About me

Welcome to my profile, firstly I would like to say that I understand how daunting the process of finding a counsellor can be, you have taken the first step by visiting this site. I would like to reassure you that should you choose me as your counsellor I will provide a non-judgemental, safe, secure and confidential space for you to explore your experiences.

How can Counselling help you?

We all struggle in life sometimes and don’t always want to accept that we can’t do everything or that we don’t understand everything. People come to counselling for a variety of reasons, it could be a relationship breakdown, abuse, family issue, grief/loss, work stress, anxiety or sometimes you don’t know what the issue is.

However, whatever the reason behind your visit today, person centred counselling can help you to unlock the root cause, understand, explore, accept and start to move on with your life.

Working together I would support you in facing your concerns to equip you with the skills and resilience for your future.
Some of the ways I do this are; actively listening, reflecting, mindful questioning and processing, this supports you to gain a deeper understanding and explore your feelings and experiences in a safe environment at your own pace with full support. I will not judge you or your experiences. 

I can support you to discover things about yourself, how you present in life and how you see and are affected by others. By bringing these elements in to your awareness you can then begin to implement changes with support and guidance from me.

Who I work with:

I work with individuals 18+ in a variety of areas, some of the most common being:

  • Family and relationship issues
  • Childhood issues
  • Childhood trauma
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Controlling/coercive behaviours
  • Narcissistic behaviour
  • Men’s mental health
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Stress
  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety and Depression

Relationships are a key part of our lives, whether these are with friends, family, colleagues or a partner and when we have good relationships we can feel  happy, secure and supported.

However, some relationships are not good for us and can be abusive or controlling, when this happens it leaves us feeling vulnerable and unsupported and not knowing what to do.

Poor relationships and communication can lead to stress, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, health issues and many more difficulties.

How I work

I work in a non-directive way, which means I am led by the client and will work with you at your own pace and support you on your therapeutic journey. I am a person centred counsellor which means I work with the clients needs and best interests at the centre of the work I do.

I have completed various courses in many subjects/areas and I am regularly reading and attending training to update my knowledge and learn new skills to enable me to fully support my clients, this a commitment I whole heartedly make to ensure I am doing my best for my clients at all times.

I gained my Therapeutic Counselling Diploma in York and have volunteered in Leeds for a charity as a Counsellor before setting up my own private practice.

Next steps

I believe every individual is unique, therefore I offer a 30 minute free initial meeting so that we can meet and decide if we can work together. This initial meeting allows you to see if you feel comfortable and would like me as your Counsellor and it allows me to learn a little about you and what has brought you to counselling.

If you feel you would like to make an appointment for a free initial meeting, then please contact me or alternatively you can visit my website to find out more about me, read my blogs and more.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in CBT skills
  • Couples counselling certificate
  • Counselling Skills for Working with Children Level 3
  • Counselling Skills Level 2
  • Mental Health Awareness

Continual Professional Development

  • Understanding Autism
  • Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Understanding Childhood Behaviour
  • Working with Secondary Age Children
  • Psychotherapy, Psycho-education and Neuroscience

Member organisations

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Accredited register membership

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From £40.00 to £45.00
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Additional information

£40 for a 60 minute session Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9am and 4pm

£45 for a 60 minute session after 4:30pm

Sessions are usually on a weekly basis.

I also offer a limited number of daytime concessions to keyworkers, OAP's and for trainee counselling students, please contact for further information.

When I work

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Further information

I work from Yeadon LS19 in a purpose built room in the garden of my home, there is on street parking available and I am on bus routes 33 to the best of my knowledge).

Unfortunately I do not have toilet facilities in the room I work from.

54 Woodlea Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7BL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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