I am a friendly and professionally qualified BACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist.
I help clients with the following:-
- Relationship Issues
- Anger Management
- Trauma & Abuse - including childhood sexual abuse
- Stress - including work related stress
- Low Self Esteem
- Bereavement & Loss
- Issues of Gender and Sexuality
- Life changes like divorce or separation
I work with individuals, couples and young people (aged 16+).
I am also a registered and recognised provider of psychotherapy/counselling with Aviva and Vitality Health.
Why do people choose counselling and how can I help?
People decide to come to counselling for many differing reasons, for example, a specific issue, such as anxiety, depression or relationship problems that are causing concern.
On the other hand, you may feel that you are not living the life you want and are uncertain how to get it.
However, I feel one of the main reasons is the need to talk to an objective person, confidentially. It can be useful to speak to a trained professional, who can be impartial and objective, as opposed to family and friends, who may wish to influence you with their own feelings and opinions.
Clients tell me this is one of the main aspects that they appreciate the most of our sessions, as well as an ability to see their situation with a new clarity.
Counselling can help you find your own inner voice, as well as your own capacity for strength and healing.
Often taking the first step is difficult; however the process of being listened to, attentively, with respect and without judgment, can have a profound impact on how you are able to manage and make sense of the difficulties that you may be experiencing, and in finding the solutions that you seek.
The process of therapy may not be able to change your situation or difficulties, but can help you realise your own inner strength in order to cope better and help you to make positive changes in your life.
What is the next step?
Call, text or email me and I will be happy to answer any questions that you have, or we can arrange an initial session so that we can meet, and you can tell me about the issue that brings you to counselling.
At this first session I will suggest how we could potentially work on this issue together and how long that I estimate it could take, and you can decide if you feel you want to book further sessions going forward.
I have a natural, relaxed approach and aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Therapeutic Counselling (Leeds Beckett University)
- Diploma HE Counselling & Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University)
In addition to private practice, I have worked for two counselling organisations in Yorkshire, Open Minds Counselling in Doncaster and Wellspring Therapy & Training in Harrogate. I also provide counselling on behalf of a local charity, supporting young people who have been victims of crime.
Prior to training and qualifying as a counsellor, I have worked within large corporate organisations, the third sector and small start up companies, as well as being self-employed overseas. Having worked in both employee and management roles, I understand the issues involved in both these settings, and how they can impact on your mental and physical wellbeing.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
From £50.00 to £75.00
Individual sessions cost £50 and last for an hour.
Couples counselling £55 for one hour or £75 for an hour and a half.
I offer flexible appointments, day, evening and weekends available.