Marie Varney MBACP, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Welcome to my profile.
My aim as a counsellor is to offer a safe and supportive relationship and to help you work through any difficult issues or events that you may currently be experiencing. I can also help you to explore past life experiences or relationships which may affect how you are feeling now.
It may be that you are here because you're feeling worried, anxious or depressed, or that you are having to adjust to changes in your life. Deciding to seek counselling is a big step, and I understand that finding the right counsellor is key! I aim to be transparent about how I work, and will do my utmost to put you at ease. I can support you to explore any issues and concerns which may currently be troubling you, or causing you distress. Life experiences such as relationship difficulties, bereavement, changes in circumstance, health or job worries and so on can lead to us feeling vulnerable and uncertain.
I am able to offer support with many issues, for example low mood, depression, anxiety, relationship or family issues, work-related stress, health concerns (including health anxieties), and many others. My previous work with Cruse Bereavement Care means I have a special interest in working with bereavement and loss. I also have several years' experience of working with young people (16+ years) with issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, identity, and family-related issues.
I am an 'integrative' therapist; this means that I combine more than one theoretical approach. This enables me to be flexible and responsive in meeting my clients’ needs, as I don't believe any one approach suits all clients. Fundamentally however I'm client-centred and collaborative in the way I work; offering you warmth, empathy and a genuinely non-judgemental relationship.
Please feel free to contact me by email or give me a call for an initial conversation; we can talk about your needs and explore how I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist:
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University (Level 7), 2014.
Certificate in Counselling, Salford University, 2001
Certificate in Bereavement Awareness (Level 2), 2011
Mental Health Awareness (Level 2), 2015
Cruse Children and Young People's Course, 2016
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, 2016
Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma, 2018
I currently run a successful private practice in Ilkley, LS29 and also work part-time as a Student Counsellor in Higher Education. I have extensive training in grief and loss, and worked as a Bereavement Support Volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care working both with adults and young people. I have also worked as a counsellor with both adults and young people (16+ years) in a staff and student counselling service at Craven College, Skipton.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per session. Counselling sessions last 50 minutes.
Please contact me for an informal conversation please email using the link above, or text or call me. I will aim to call you back within 24 hours if I'm unavailable.
This initial conversation is completely confidential with no obligation to proceed. If you decide that you would like to meet we can then arrange an initial session. This first meeting will give you an opportunity to talk about your concerns, and to decide if I'm the right counsellor for you. I will aim to answer any questions you may have about how I work.
If you would like to go ahead with counselling we usually agree to an initial number of sessions to begin with, normally meeting once a week to begin with.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); this is a professional register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions underpins the way that I work and also puts the wellbeing of my clients at the heart of my practice. I also receive regular clinical supervision.
I attend regular training and Continuing Professional Development days to ensure that I continue to develop my knowledge, skills and experience as a counsellor.
Currently I offer counselling and psychotherapy sessions at The Grove Therapy Practice (www.thegrovetherapy.co.uk) in Ilkley, 5 minutes walk from the train station. There is also on-street parking nearby and it's a few minutes walk from the central car park.