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(BA hons, PGCE, PG Dip MBACP)

About me

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, with a Masters degree in Counselling from York St John's University. I also lecture part time in Counselling and Mental Health at York St John University, and support students as a coach and mentor for Mental Health. I taught Physical Education in further and higher education for 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 have been counselling in private practice for over two years, and have been a volunteer at a community mental health clinic in York.

My approach:

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.

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

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I ask for £55 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.

When I work

Currently my availability is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  From the 1st June I will be returning to face to face counselling, in addition to offering online sessions.

Further information

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.

York Counselling Collective, Tower Court Business Centre, Oakdale Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 4XL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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