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About me

A warm welcome to my profile page.   If you want to explore a specific concern or life event, are struggling with your feelings or want to understand yourself better counselling may help you.

I work with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, family and other relationship difficulties. I offer a safe, accepting space where we can talk about what might have contributed to your current difficulties and then consider possible new ways forward.

My approach

I am a person centred counsellor. This means I believe that everyone can both reach their full potential and also feel a sense of self acceptance. However, this can be easier said than done! Critical voices (including our own) from our past and present can get in the way.

I will provide you with a safe, non-judgmental space where we can look at what is is causing you to feel distressed. Together we will explore your experiences, feelings and thoughts so you can better understand yourself. This greater awareness may then lead you to want to make changes in your life, which we can also explore. 

What you bring to each session and your goals for counselling will always be your choice. I will work with you to help you get what you need from your sessions and we will regularly review our work together. 

Your first session

You may be feeling nervous about your first counselling session.  Our first meeting will be an opportunity for us to start to look together at the concerns that you are facing at the moment and how I might support you in responding to these.

​Before the session I will send you a copy of my counselling contract which contains information about the counselling I offer. I will also send you a form to complete with some details about yourself, including whether you have had counselling before.

In the 50 minute session I will invite you to tell me about yourself and what has brought you to counselling. We will also explore what you are hoping to get from your counselling sessions.

The first session is a chance for you to experience person centred counselling and to ask any questions you may have about this type of counselling and working with me.

After this initial session I will ask if you would like to book in a session the following week. You will always be able to choose how many sessions you have; I don't specify a minimum number. 

Contact me for an assessment session where we will think together about the concerns that you are facing at the moment, and about how I may be able to support you in responding to these situations.  I offer face-to-face and online sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with a wide range of clients through both my private practice and through working as a counsellor for Phoenix Health and Wellbeing in Leeds.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have a CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

In addition to my counselling work, I am employed as a Student Wellbeing Officer at the University of York offering both listening support and practical advice to students at all stages of their academic career from first year undergraduates to PhD students.

I teach CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills and Level 3 Counselling Studies courses for York City Council.

​I am fully insured, hold an enhanced DBS certificate and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office.

I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development in line with BACP registration. 

Prior to working as a counsellor, I worked for 15 years as a manager in public and academic library and information services. I have a MA and BA from the University of Sheffield.

Member organisations

BACP

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

Loneliness and isolation

Motivation

Perfectionism

Procrastination

Academic stress

Exam stress

LGBT friendly

Autism and Asperger friendly

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

From £30.00 to £40.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute online or telephone consultation to help you decide whether I might be the right counsellor for you.

Fees

  • £40 per 50 minute session
  • £30 per 50 minute session (Full time students)

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I currently have some daytime sessions available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact me for further details. 

Further information

I welcome initial enquiries by email or phone. My office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and I will respond within 24 hours. I look forward to hearing from you.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

I offer online and phone counselling as well as face to face. My counselling room is on the 1st floor.

Online platforms

Zoom
Madeleine Bentley

Madeleine Bentley