I’m a fully qualified relationship counsellor and Member of the BACP. I aim to support my clients through tough times towards a brighter but realistic future. I work with couples or individuals going through a bad patch, following an affair, or simply feeling that life has lost its lustre. I offer daytime or evening sessions in central Harrogate. I am also a local therapist for the London-based Divorce Support Group, helping those who have recently separated to deal with loss and anger, to minimise conflict with exes, and to rediscover the resilience for a fresh start.
Young people and family work
When families split, children also suffer the fallout. I have specialist training to work with children from five through teenage, helping them to explore painful feelings. Young people discover how to lessen their distress, and how to help the adults around them understand what they need and want. Long experience offering therapy in schools enables me to work with many more emotional health issues that kids experience, such as friendships, bullying, exam pressure, self-harm, sadness and depression. I can see young people after school hours, and through the holidays.I am also trained and qualified to work with families in lively, well-managed sessions where everyone gets a chance to air his or her views in a safe space. The goal is to make home life more of a joy than a challenge.
How counselling works
You can phone me on the numbers below for an initial talk, and to fix an appointment. Our first face-to-face session will focus on the events that have been troubling you, what’s led up to them, and what you hope to gain from counselling. We then start to explore how you can shrink the negatives in your life, and grow the positives. As your counsellor, I won’t be making any decisions or judgements – just helping you to navigate your own way to a more enriching future. It’s as if we’re journeying in the same boat, but sometimes I’ll take a turn at steering. Small changes – such as couples tweaking the way they talk to each other s a couple, or negotiate key decisions - can make a surprisingly swift difference. Some people find that one or a very few sessions are all they need to re-balance their situation and relieve distress. In other cases, where trust has been broken, or arguments have gone unresolved for years, the work may take longer. How long counselling continues is always the client’s choice – you will know when the time’s right to end. You can, of course return for a review or a top-up – my clients often do.
For clients from further afield, I also offer telephone or skype sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
* I have an MA from the university of Cambridge
* I hold the Relate certificate in couples counselling., in children and young people’s work. I receive continuing professional development.
* I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
* I am Relate trained and qualified to work with young people online.
* I have written extensively on relationship and family issues.
* I have more than 20 years experience of counselling couples and have worked in Yorkshire schools for 10 years. I also work in a school where students have what is generally termed ‘special needs’, though I find they also all have their own special strengths.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £50 a session, £60 for family work.
I am starting a new Divorce Support Group in Harrogate for anyone who is struggling with the process of separation and moving on to make a fresh start. The groups are small - no more than eight people - and the first of 10 sessions will start Tuesday, January 12th at 7.30 pm. Each session lasts one and a half hours and costs £38. There is a £20 discount if all sessions are paid at the time of booking. I ask that everyone joining the group has an individual session first, just to ensure that they will be comfortable with the work. To book, or to find out more, please call me, Madeleine Kingsley on 01423 711860/ 07771 816111
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
By arrangement - always flexible