Is your child showing signs of being unsettled? distressed? Are you trying to seek help but just don't know where to turn or what to do? Has a life-changing experience led to you considering how they may be impacted?
I offer counselling and play therapy to children and young people, where I will offer them a safe place to explore their feelings, thoughts and emotions, adapted to their individual level of understanding and communication, often through play.
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 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.
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.
I am based in south Leeds.
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.
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
My fees are £40 per session, reduced to £30 for counselling students and NHS staff.