Pauline Straw

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BSc (Hons) PGDip MA BACP Registered
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

York, North Yorkshire, YO62 6DU
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am available for Face to Face, Walk and Talk, and Online therapy.

Whether you are at a crossroads, are in a crisis, or have a longstanding issue, talking therapy can bring a fresh perspective and ways to help you. We cannot change what happened in the past, but we can change the impact this has on our lives.  We are not able to change the people in our lives, but we have the capacity to grow and make positive changes. Counselling gives us space to consider what we want from life, and the knowledge to work towards that. 

This may involve identifying and naming the issue. Sometimes it means adopting new ways of being, or discarding what no longer works for you. You may benefit from learning new skills such as empathy, assertiveness, and understanding your emotions, which may lead to increased confidence. It may just be a matter of expressing your emotions in a safe and confidential space. 

Everyone can benefit from taking time out to think things through alongside someone who shares the desire to understand. I provide a friendly, non-judgemental, safe, easy-to-access, confidential, professional and ethical counselling service for young people over 16 years old and adults.

I offer an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, allowing you more choice in the way you access therapy. I draw on humanistic therapies including existential, person-centred and gestalt modalities. My areas of experience are wide-ranging, including bereavement and different types of loss; anxiety; depression; trauma; abuse; suicidal feelings; and neurodiversity. I can help you to understand and improve your relationships and your own well-being.

I trained at York St John University. I have worked at Pickering Medical Centre and York Mind. I continue to volunteer at York St John Communities Centre at York St John University and Next Steps in Kirkbymoorside. As required by the BACP, I attend regular continual professional development courses, monthly supervision and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. I am also DBS checked.

Before becoming a counsellor, I trained as a registered general nurse. I have also worked in Special Needs Education with young people. I taught English as a foreign language when we lived overseas. This experience helps me maintain a holistic perspective on well-being. 

Initially, I offer a free consultation, which establishes what you want to achieve from therapy, and which method of access you would prefer and we can decide if we would like to work together.

I work from Rest Relax and Restore Kirkbymoorside, and offer Walk-and-Talk and online therapy. 

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Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) PGDip MA BACP Registered.

I have worked as a mental health professional, in special needs education, and as an English teacher.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Free initial sessions are for twenty minutes so that you have an opportunity to ask questions and we can assess whether we wish to work together.

I offer concessionary rates for trainee counsellors and for people on a low income. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

If you require a session that is not shown on the calendar, please ask and I will check my availability. 

Further information

My clinic is at 19 Piercy End, the main street in Kirkbymoorside. It is an old building, so accessibility is limited. However, I offer walk-and-talk therapy, which is accessible for wheelchair users. I also provide home visits and online sessions. Please note the cancellation policy if less than 48 hours' notice is given.


I've grown so much thanks to Pauline and I would recommend her services to anyone seeking therapy. She creates a safe, non-judgemental environment which allows clients to explore therapy at their own pace. She has an incredible ability to put you at ease, whilst challenging thoughts and feelings to get to the root causes of behaviour. Working with Pauline was such a positive experience and I came away from each therapy session feeling like I had learnt something about myself.  She is a warm, kind, genuine person and I will happily use her again if and when I need professional support.



19 Piercy End, Kirkbymoorside, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 6DU

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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I offer online counselling which is accessible from the client's own home. I can visit clients at home within a 5-mile radius of my clinic

Online platforms

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