Counselling for Change.
I believe the best person to help someone who is troubled is someone who has known trouble and got through it. There are a bunch of theories out there on how to do counselling, and some of them are very helpful and I will use them if appropriate, but the most important thing to me is TLC.
The old, old problems that have been causing us distress since humanity acquired consciousness; aging, death, relationships, marriage, divorce, change, what does it all mean, kids, illness, parents, loneliness, menopause, money. That’s not to say that an individual’s feelings don’t matter, of course they do, but a trap that people often fall into is thinking that they are the only one that feels like this. These problems are universal and timeless and counselling can help.
Being real; I have worked as a Personnel Manager, Trainer, Employment Specialist, plus working in a call centre, an estate agency and as a Project Manager. And also a Lorry Driver, a Factory Operative and Retail Assistant and a soldier in the Territorial Army. Divorced, bereaved, a Father and Step-Father and having got over my own depression and anxiety. So whilst I’ve trained as a counsellor, I remain very grounded and down to earth, and if my experience is useful when working with someone, then I will draw on it.
Training, qualifications & experience
Introduction to Transactional Analysis (2019).
BACP online learning modules; sex & porn addiction, identity and masculinity (2019).
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Kirklees College (2018).
Level 3 Certificate in CBT (2009).
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Theories (2009).
Level 4 qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance (2008).
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2008).
- Now in my fourth year as a Counsellor, including working at Mind in Barnsley and self employed.
- 13 years working with adults with mental health problems at Mind and Richmond Fellowship as a Mental Health Employment Specialist, Trainer and Manager.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
My standard rate is £40 per session and reduced rates are available – please ask. Taking the first step can be the hardest thing you will do. If you would like to find out a bit more about what counselling can offer you, call 07796 385474, or email to book a free 30 minute telephone discussion to enable you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
You will be accepted for who you are; as an inclusive counsellor, I welcome the opportunity to work with people of all sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities and races. If you identify as queer, genderqueer, male, female, gay, straight, asexual, kinky, pansexual, atheist, spiritual or pagan, I look forward to working with you. I recognise that identifying as LGBTQ, doesn’t mean that’s the reason you want to come to counselling. Whatever a person’s sexual identity, life still throws stuff at us. I am straight, but open minded and I offer judgment and assumption free counselling.
I have a very strong belief that counselling can help you, because it helped me; it was this experience that drove me to train as a counsellor.
Life throws difficult problems at us, e.g. stress at work, bullying, racism, sexism, relationship problems, coping with teenagers and bereavements. It is hard to decide which way to go and what it all means.
Friends and family often mean well but their advice is not always helpful.
In addition to counselling, I was helped holistically to overcome my own difficulties by exploring the meaning of life through poetry and literature. And through walking and being outdoors and learning to appreciate the natural world.
It is my belief that although the bad things that have happened to us in the past will never be okay, we can integrate them into our life stories and come to terms with them. Also I feel that in every difficult situation we have the power of choice, although often we don’t see it.
I cannot give you advice, but I will work with you to enable you to find your own answers, offer suggestions and give information.
As individuals, what makes us unique is often a vital clue to unlocking our problems. I believe finding our own path to contentment lies in celebrating our difference; being honest with ourselves and others and liberating ourselves from the expectations of other people and society.
My experience of working with a diverse range of people has included working with feelings of depression, loneliness, grief, anxiety, hopelessness, anger, existential problems and difficulties at work. Although I am not a couples/relationship counsellor, I have been able to successfully help individuals with relationship problems also.
I work from Huddersfield or Elland, with the option of a wheelchair accessible room subject to availability.
I am insured and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which means I am bound by their rules which are available at; https://www.bacp.co.uk/
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is an option of a wheelchair accessible room in Huddersfield subject to availability.
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 20.00
Saturdays 09.00 - 13.00
Types of client