How I Work:
I work with a Humanistic, Integrative Counselling Therapy practice. My approach focuses on you as a unique individual, and your own perspective.
To help understand your issues, and address them I hope to build a relationship around trust, confidentiality, respect and understanding. A variety of useful techniques based around talking therapies could include creative work, discussion of dreams, relaxation, mindfulness and grounding, cognitive, emotionally focused and evidence based approaches.
I believe in understanding the whole person, and experience in physical health, psychiatry and work with young people helps to work with you in the most effective way possible. I am bound to the BACP ethical framework, and committed to ethical best practice in every aspect of the work I do. I receive regular professional supervision by qualified supervisors, and undertake training and continuing professional improvement regularly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor, completing a Masters degree in Counselling at York St Johns University. I recently took early retirement from teaching post-secondary Physical Education after 17 years as a head of programme.
Formerly I worked with York Mental Health NHS trust as an assertive outreach worker in the community, and on the inpatient wards in York. I have also been a senior Youth and Community worker with City of York Council Youth Services. I have been lucky to have experience as a player and manager for Team GB Inline Hockey, and since retirement keep an interest in the commentary box. I am now counselling in private practice, and have been volunteering as a counsellor for two years at a community mental health clinic in York.
I have a keen commitment to supporting and promoting well being, open communication and good mental and physical health. As qualified counsellor I am developing my professional practice along humanistic and integrative approaches, and I have experience with CBT and psychiatric treatments as part of a whole person perspective in dealing with people's issues in an individual, accepting and non-judgemental framework.
I believe that through a good working relationship, we can work together to help understand your story, and help you build the next chapter in the way you want it to be.
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
I ask for £40 for a full hour session. I am happy to offer free consultation meetings on the phone or in person to meet each other and decide how we would like to proceed. There is no limit or restriction on any number of sessions. However, typical clients have chosen between 6-10 sessions to start, though some can have more if they feel the benefits and want to continue the work.
The York Counselling Collective gathers together a small number of qualified therapists in a welcoming, safe and supportive space. There we can offer the time to help support you when you need it. You are welcome, and we look forward to meeting you.