Marie Varney

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MBACP (Accred), Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 BACP-accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist (MBACP):

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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 per session. Counselling sessions last 50 minutes.

Next steps:

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.

When I work

I am currently unavailable and am unable to take on new clients.

Further information

I am an Accredited 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 ( 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.

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

There are steps up to the building where I work - however there is a handrail.


Marie Varney
Marie Varney