About me

Every one of us will experience tough times in our lives.  If you've learnt to deal with it all alone then tough can quickly feel unbearable. Maybe you’ve been trying to grin and bear it and pretending you're ok, but you've been aware for a while you really don't feel good. 

Could it be time to let go of your need to cope alone and reach out for some support?

If you've been feeling some of the following :

  • 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
  • Recent events have left you anxious about the future or feeling out of control

I can help you to understand what is happening for you in a confidential place without fear of judgement. You don't have to be in a crisis to seek support. Many times in life we just get stuck in a tough place and don't understand why or what's going on.

My role is try and understand what it feels like to be in your shoes. To understand how the world and your relationships feel to you as we all experience the world differently. 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 without judgement.
  • 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.
  • Communicating openly and honestly in relationships without fear of arguments.
  • 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, using the tools we all have within us. 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 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

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.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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

2 Wellington Place

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms

Phil Haigh

Phil Haigh