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MA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

About me

Hello, my name is Pia, and as a fully trained and accredited psychotherapist working in York, it would be my pleasure to help you.

As a humanistic and integrative therapist, my way of working is an honest relationship of respect, warmth, curiosity and creativity. I provide a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space for clients to explore issues that are impacting their lives.

My training began with a person-centred approach, which led me onto an integrative training with a foundation based on Transactional Analysis which I incorporate an in-depth understanding of developmental theory, attachment and mindfulness. This allows me to draw upon many different schools of thought when working with people, ensuring that the client does not need to fit the therapy, instead I can fit the therapy around the client.

As a native Finn, I have a deep understanding of the power of being outdoors and how it can be both healing and support the wellbeing through connection to nature. I will combine more traditional psychotherapy with nature-based psychotherapy and where appropriate with phototherapy. My sessions take place in the therapy room and if agreed, later sessions can be based also outdoors throughout York.

I offer short-term solution focused based therapy and longer term, in-depth psychotherapy. I have 10 years of experience working with both adults in the NHS and in my private practice in Middlethorpe. It is a short distance from York city centre, with free parking available and is located to a nearby bus stop.

I hope this helps to give you some idea of who I am and how I work. Please feel free to call to arrange a free 15 -minute consultation to discuss your needs with no follow-on obligation.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Warmest wishes,


Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. The training took seven years to complete and at the end of it, I gained UKCP accreditation as a psychotherapist.  I have practiced clinically since 2010.

  • MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Certificate in Person Centred Therapy
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Working with students.


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Free initial 15 minutes consultation. If we then decide to work together my rate is £60 per 50 minute appointments in York or via Zoom, Skype or phone.

I offer some reduced rates for people on low incomes, this can be agreed on an individual basis if requested. Payment in advance is required for bank transfers.

Please email or telephone me.

When I work

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Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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