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About me

Making the first step is often the hardest, asking yourself do I need help? what kind of help do I need? can it really work for me? how can it work for me? Seeking counselling can be confusing, and scary. I am here to walk beside you through your journey, without passing judgment or expectations. You are the expert on yourself and your life, your experience.

Perhaps you are going through a struggle and need someone to offload to, I also work with adults with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, survivors of abuse.

I offer counselling to both adults and young people, where I will use my skills to enable you to explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions, adapted to individual level of understanding and communication, sometimes this is through play.

I also have many years of experience working front-line within the NHS so have first-hand experience and can really empathise with the trials and tribulations which this can bring.

Often children and adolescents can't recognise their thoughts and emotions, confused about their place in the world. I can offer them the opportunity to recognise these and offer them a safe place to explore their world in order for them to move forward. I also offer a non-judgmental, confidential place for adults to safely move forward in their lives.

I am based in south Leeds and Wakefield.

Sessions last for 50 minutes and can be agreed on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified integrative counsellor, which means that I can use different approaches to suit your needs. This may involve looking at your past and how it affects you now, also using CBT which can help you move forward, and consider your future and where you would like to be and how you may get there.

I have experience working with clients with a wide range of issues, as well as children and adolescents.

I have worked for many years within the NHS so can really empathise with NHS staff and understand the challenges they face.

I am also a qualified child counsellor/ play therapist.

I am also a Registered Member of the BACP (MBACP), which means that I meet the high standards of proficiency, professionalism and ethical practice of the BACP, which is my professional body.

Member organisations

BACP

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

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £50 per session for over 18's and £60 per session for under 18's, I offer reduced sessions to counselling students at £35 per session.  

When I work

Flexible

Further information

At the moment i am offering zoom sessions and face to face sessions from a premises in Wakefield or Rothwell.

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10

Iveridge Health Club, Iveridge Hall, Wakefield Road, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8EU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
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