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About me

Every one of us will experience tough times in our lives when we need support.  If you've learnt to deal with your feelings alone things can quickly become unbearable.

Maybe you’ve been pretending you're ok, hoping it would pass but you've been aware for a while you really don't feel good.  Could it be time to let go of the need to appear ok and reach out for some support?

If you've been feeling some of the following :

  • Feeling anxious about your future or like your thoughts are spiralling out of control
  • Consumed with self criticism and feeling powerless to change
  • Worried about self destructive behaviours you can’t seem to stop
  • Unable to establish meaningful relationships or hanging onto a troubling relationship
  • Caught up in comparing yourself to others and feeling not good enough

I can help you to understand what is happening for you in a confidential place without fear of judgement.  At times in life we just get stuck in a tough place and don't understand why or what's going on.  Having someone neutral and understanding can help us put the pieces together. 

My role is to understand what it feels like to be in your shoes. To hear what is going on for you,  how the world and your relationships feel to you. Through this I can then help you to better understand yourself and to actively change or accept things for the better.

With over 10 years of experience in helping people to work through life's varied problems and patterns, I will help you to get unstuck and become more compassionate to yourself.

Some of the benefits of counselling include :

  • Feeling heard and understood and that your feelings matter.
  • Develop a greater understanding of what's going on for you and why.
  • Being more at ease with yourself without having to put on an act.
  • How to communicate more openly and honestly in relationships without fear of conflict.
  • Letting go of shameful feelings about yourself or past events

So what happens if you get in touch?

If you've not seen a Counsellor before, it might be helpful for us to speak on the phone, so you can get a sense of what's involved and I can tell you if therapy might help.  It would be free of charge and if you don't feel ready, there is no pressure.

You may wish to simply ask for an appointment if you want to get started or to ask more about whether I can help with what's going on for you.

You can be sure I will respond quickly and you will be offered an initial session within one week or I can offer you a potential referral if I am unable to accommodate the times you need. I don’t run a waiting list as I know how important it is to receive the help you need as soon as possible.

Just click on the 'message me' button above, let me know when you might be available (daytime or evening) and whether you’d rather be contacted by email or phone and I will get back to you within 24hours.

What might the first session involve?

Our initial meeting will give you the opportunity to see how you feel about working with me. You won't have to sign up to 'x' amount of sessions, be grilled about your entire life history or have to lay on a couch.

You will have the chance to ask questions and to tell me as much as you're comfortable with about the difficulties you're having in complete confidence.

Our first meeting will give me the opportunity to understand what you are looking for from therapy and how I can help. It will also give you the relief of knowing you have taken the first step and you have someone on your side who you can talk to about what's going on.

We can then arrange a flexible session to suit you moving forwards if you feel it would be beneficial.

If you'd like an informal chat about problems at home,  relationships or how you're feeling about yourself, then pick up the phone or drop me an email or text and lets talk about how I can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am passionate about empowering people to understand & feel better about themselves. For that reason I trained at a holistic charity in Leeds, counselling people from some the most deprived and diverse areas of Leeds who cannot afford support, through a wide range of problems.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Qualifications :

BSC Therapeutic Counselling
Professional Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate Therapeutic Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Online Therapy

Online therapy allows you to get the support you need from the comfort of your own home.  Whether its having your pet next to you, a cup of tea, sitting in a big armchair, or under a warm blanket, home can be a sanctuary whilst you get the support you need.

I use secure end-to-end encrypted video  and we can arrange appointments flexibly around your commitments. Just drop me an email and we'll work out a first call from there.

Other areas I work with.

Low self worth / self esteem and body image.

Shame and shameful feelings about yourself or things you may have done.

Conflict avoidance and people pleasing

Photos & videos


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial appointments are one hour and at a reduced rate of £20 to allow you to establish how you feel about working with me, without having to make a rushed decision.

Further individual sessions will be for one hour and are charged at £45 per session. I also offer discounted rates for students.

You are always in control of how many sessions you have and we will check in as to how you are feeling about your sessions as we go along.

I’m based in Leeds City Centre, at Wellington Place, a short walk from Leeds Train Station or along the canal. There are several car parks within a few minutes walk. Alternative we can work together online.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Flexible morning, afternoon and evening appointments available.

Further information

Flexible daytime and evening appointments available online, telephone or in Leeds City Centre in person.

Covid-19 measures that I have in place:

  • Hand sanitiser is available in the building and Counselling room.
  • The Counselling room is air conditioned.
  • Social distancing in the Counselling room.
  • Clear social distancing reminders are visible throughout the building

6 Butts Court, Green Dragon Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms