About me

Modern-day living presents us all with a unique set of challenges. Never have our lives been so busy, rapidly changing and uncertain. While our mental health and well-being ought to take priority, they can often fall by the way-side as we attempt to navigate life's turbulent journey. Several problems and personal issues present themselves to us along the way, and sometimes the answer does not appear to present itself, no matter how hard we try. I know from first-hand experience that more often than not, these answers can and do lie within us. Finding a professional we can trust, in a safe environment and free from judgement, can empower us to find the solutions we crave for life's challenges. With a career spanning twenty years in the fire service and subsequently having employed sixty staff in my business, my life has always centred around caring and supporting people. I am naturally empathetic in nature and in therapy. I focus on fostering a genuine therapeutic relationship with my clients from the outset.

I have been married for over thirty years and have two grown-up children, also working as dedicated public servants in the NHS and civil service. My personal journey through therapy has profoundly changed my life for the better, and has ultimately inspired me to help others too. I have developed a tailored approach to my profession, from which I offer a confidential and caring service for all. A consultation is entirely free. Reach out and we'll discuss which options are right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

20 years as an operational firefighter has taught me a great deal about myself and how I interact with others, I found that I naturally gravitate towards a person who may be suffering. I have navigated through my own personal struggles through recent years and found it valuable to have received dedicated and tailored therapy from a professional counsellor.

I have been working within the education sector for the previous three years providing a counselling service to students and staff alike.

I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.


Level 3 certificate  Counselling Skills.

Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling.

BA Hons counselling solutions (First class) level 6.

Member organisations


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.

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Free 30-minute phone/ face to face consultation/assessment.

Subsequent sessions of 60 minutes charged at £45.00

Walk & Talk session of 2 hours £60 

Skype consultation by request. 60 mins charged at £45.00


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I am available for consultation 9AM til 9 PM Monday to friday. 

Further information

My practice ethos is based upon the recognised ethical framework formulated by the British Association of counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP) of which i am a member. I also consult a BACP clinical supervisor regularly to enhance my clinical practice.

I work with the concept that the client comes first. My focus is to provide a safe place for the client to explore their feelings without the threat of judgement. I am an integrative therapist and coordinate different models of therapy to suit client needs. This enables me to work across a wide field of client issues, ranging from historical abuse to recent trauma such as relationship breakdown or bereavement. My practice operates from three locations to offer flexibility to client's;


Silsden, Aire Valley.

Settle, Yorkshire Dales.

If you prefer to sit face-to-face in an intimate setting, or in stead opt for a walk and talk session in the countryside, I offer both in the consultation. I also offer internet consultation.

John Phillip Of Skipton Ltd 1st Floor
28 Newmarket Street
North Yorkshire
BD23 2JD

Limestone View
Lower Greenfoot
North Yorkshire
BD24 9RB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Paul Dodd

Paul Dodd