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I have always had an interest in health and well being and therefore I decided to re-train as a counsellor after many years working in business administration. I wanted a more fulfilling career where I felt my personal skills and creative nature would be put to good use. During the Covid lockdown period I also trained as a life coach and now I combine both counselling and life coaching to provide a complete counselling journey for clients.
As well as my private work, I worked as a volunteer counsellor for a cancer support charity for over three years and have lots of experience therefore working with people suffering pain and distress from illness and bereavement.
I also set up a talking therapists' support group, where therapists with different specialities come together to provide peer support and receive further training.
What issues can I help with?
Being a counsellor and life coach means that I can provide support with a wide range of issues including:
- Relationship and family issues
- Self confidence/self esteem
- Stress and worry
- Losing weight
- Personal development
- Hoarding and de-cluttering
How will I support you?
Counselling provides a safe and supportive space, using listening, empathy and understanding to help you recognise how you feel, your emotional response to certain situations and your behaviours. It focuses on past experiences and how they may have brought you to your present situation. Counselling also helps you to come to terms with your past so that you are ready to move forward.
When you reach this point, we can use life coaching methods, which focus on solution-building and concentrates on your strengths and resources and how your life will be better once changes are made. This helps you to clarify what you want to change, identifies goals and understanding of barriers to moving forward. Support is given to move through an achievable structured action plan and help given to identify issues with motivation and commitment to ensure that change is maintained.
I can help you to realise your potential and find the courage to move forward.
Where will our sessions take place?
Sessions can be held at either of two venues. One is in the centre of the town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales, which has good bus and train services. The other is my home office which is just a few minutes drive outside Settle.
Training, qualifications & experience
My AIM Awards Level 4 qualifications are accredited by the National Counselling Society and I am on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
- AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (QCF)
- AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF)
- Certificate in Life Coaching
- NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health
- Mental Health First Aid Training
Additional training courses completed:
- 8 week 'Finding Peace in a Frantic Work' mindfulness course, based on mindfully based cognitive therapy.
- Macmillan Cancer Awareness Programme.
- First Aid at Work
- Health & Safety Awareness
- Basic Awareness in Child Protection
- Adult Safeguarding
- IDAS Domestic Abuse Basic Awareness
- Awareness of Dementia
- Freedom of Information
- Information Security and sharing
- Data Protection
I have worked in private practice for several years, supporting clients with a variety of situations from bereavement, anxiety, relationship issues, work related problems, depression, career decisions etc. For a number of years I volunteered at Cancer Support in Skipton and therefore have lots of experience helping people with illness and bereavement.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society (NCS)
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Hoarding and de-cluttering where I can work with you on both the emotional and practical aspects of hoarding behaviour and de-cluttering your environment.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£40.00 for 50 minute session.
Fees are payable either before or at the session and can be paid by cash, cheque, or BACS transfer.
As I recognise the difficulties of the expense involved in training to be a counsellor, I offer a reduced rate for trainee counsellors of £25 per hour.
When I work
As a person centre trained counsellor, my role is to respond to you and your needs, tailoring counselling sessions to fit.
I love working creatively with people as I recognise that sometimes people find it hard to express themselves in words. This may take the form of using art materials/drawing/collage, using specially designed picture cards, looking at photographs, mood boards etc.