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About me

I offer Counselling & Psychotherapy in Selby town centre, where I have worked for many years and have become established within the local community. I work with Adults and children from 4 years. ( in addition at Selby Counselling we now have a RELATE Trained Counsellor working with Couples) We now also offer Zoom and telephone sessions for those who prefer not to or find it difficult to attend face to face sessions.

I have many years experience working with a wide range of issues and I am a fully qualified Counsellor and a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Pyschotherapy (BACP).
In addition to working with adults in many settings, I have also worked extensively in school settings with children and young people. I also work as a counsellor for York and Scarborough NHS Trust.  Prior to becoming a Counsellor I worked in Social Care for many years.

You are an individual and I will work with you in a way that reflects that individuality. I am an Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist, this means that I will draw on a number of approaches and techniques in my work with you.

Whichever way I work, the most important thing is that I will work hard to create a good therapeutic relationship between us. I will provide warmth and empathy together with a safe space where confidentiality is maintained and you will have the opportunity to work with whatever is troubling you without fear of judgement.

At our first meeting we will discuss what you hope to achieve from counselling and we will agree a way forward together. You may find that just a few sessions are all you need or you may have issues that you wish to look at in more depth.

If you are struggling  to decide I will be happy to talk to you without any pressure or obligation; to help you figure out if this is the right time for you and if I am someone you feel you could work with.

Training, qualifications & experience

Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP accredited)
Diploma in Social Care
Transactional Analysis 101

Registered Member of the BACP
Member of BACP Children and Young People

Additional Training Specific to Adults:

  • Working with Relational Trauma - Dissociation
  • Safeguarding issues in Counselling
  • Working with Self-Esteem
  • Person-Centred Creative Therapy
  • Working at Relational Depth
  • R.E.S.T programme (Advanced Psychotherapeutic Techniques for working with Sleep disorders)
  • Ethics & the Law
  • Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy - contributions to Pluralistic practice
  • Creative Techniques in therapy
  • Disordered Eating
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Attachment

Additional Training Specific to Children & Young People:

  • Play therapy & the Creative Arts
  • Attachment Theory & Self-Awareness
  • Assessing & Formulating the needs of a child
  • Advanced Child Safeguarding
  • Working with Child Groups
  • Working with Metaphor with Children
  • Making Endings with Children
  • Child protection
  • Childrens Emotional Wellbeing
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • CAMHS - Understanding Autistic Spectrum Conditions

As well as working in private counselling practice, I also provide counselling for adults at NHS York and Scarborough Trust, and for several local businesses and Employee Assistance Programmes. I have worked as Service Manager at York Women's Counselling and Operations Manager at Relate Mid-Yorkshire.

I have also worked extensively as a School Counsellor in West Yorkshire and as a children and young peoples counsellor for ESCAYP

(I hold an enhanced DBS)

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in the individuals Emotional response to illness - being told you have a life altering/life threatening illness can be difficult to cope with. Talking to someone who understands can help to bring perspective and also help you with coping strategies.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Additional information

My standard fee for a 1 hour session is:

£40 for Individuals
£32 for Counselling students

Children's sessions are 50 mins in duration.

Fees are payable at each session and I have a 48 hour notice period for cancellation.


In addition to daytime appointments, some out of hours appointments are available

Further information

Out of hours appointments available.

If you contact me by email, please include a contact telephone number

Selby Counselling now offers a Relate Trained couples therapist - contact us on 07570 618297

Selby Counselling
Community House
Portholme Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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.

I work from a ground floor room in a community building which has exceptional facilities for those with limited mobility and for wheelchair access also.

Penny Howarth (Selby Counselling) - Registered MBACP

Penny Howarth (Selby Counselling) - Registered MBACP