Polly Blackley UKCP
I am a qualified psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience, and UKCP registered. I offer individual psychotherapy and counselling for adults, short and long-term, as well as play-based therapy for children and young people in a light and spacious room in central Hebden Bridge. My training is integrative, which means I am able to draw on many theoretical models and approaches. The heart of the therapeutic work is always the development of a strong working relationship between client and therapist, through which we find together the most helpful way of working. We will often explore childhood experience as a way to understand current distress and identify unhelpful old patterns that are being repeated, in order to find more sustainable ways of living in the present. An initial session will help us find out whether it is going to be useful for us to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - The Minster Centre 1995
I worked in private practice with adults for 11 years in London, and have had my private practice here in Calderdale since 2010. I work with clients experiencing a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, post-traumatic stress and obsessional thoughts, as well as issues relating to sexuality. I have a particular interest in working with people affected by traumatic bereavement.
I have worked in a number of children's charities and schools over the last 15 years, gaining experience of play-based therapeutic work with children, counselling for young people, and supporting parents under stress. I have worked with vulnerable lone parent families, with families going through contact proceedings, and with troubled primary school and secondary school children.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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.
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Weekdays except Friday. Some early morning and early evening appointments available.