Life can be tough at times. Whether it's issues at work, issues with family and relationships, anxiety, illness, loss, abuse, sexuality, phobias, addiction or just general confidence in ourselves, we all need help from time to time.
I spent years thinking that the best way to deal with the feelings brought about by life's challenges was to 'bottle them up' and not talk about them, hoping that eventually they would go away. The reality was that this led to issues with anxiety, low mood, frustration and in extreme cases, panic. Sound familiar?
Just as it did for me, counselling could be the key to helping you unlock the root cause of how you are feeling and to help you address the consequences of those feelings once and for all.
What is Counselling?
Counselling can take many forms, for example Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Integrative, Psychodynamic and Holistic.
I am an Integrative therapist, which as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies based on the view that there is no single approach that can treat every client in all situations. Having initially qualified in Person Centred Therapy, I have since undertaken regular training and development in areas such as CBT, Psychodynamic approaches and Neuro Linguistic Programming. I am also a fully qualified hypnotherapist and offer the specialist trauma intervention, 'Rewind'. By drawing on tools and techniques from a range of approaches, my clients are able to explore and address their problems, difficult feelings and past experiences in a non-judgemental, safe and confidential environment.
What is it suitable for?
Counselling can help you to understand and resolve the feelings associated with a whole range of issues: Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, sadness, depression, suicidal thoughts, separation and divorce, low self esteem, bereavement, addiction, stress, abuse, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, past issues, illness, loss and many more (please see below for the full range of areas I deal with).
Please note I am unable to deal with the following issues: Adoption and Anorexia Nervosa (AN). Clients seeking support for either of these issues should search CD for counsellors who have specialist training in these areas and in the case of AN, should also speak to their GP.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor (since 2013), Hypnotherapist and mental health first aider, with extensive experience of working with individuals aged 16+ on a range of issues. In addition to working privately, I also work with Police Officers on issues such as trauma, PTSD, relationships, anxiety, stress and confidence, specialising in the 'Rewind' Trauma technique. I also hold a Level 3 Diploma in Addiction Therapy.
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor, I held several leadership roles in various organisations until a health issue forced me to rethink my priorities. I therefore have a deep understanding and appreciation for both the distress brought about by illness, along with the challenges presented by the workplace and the impact on our mental health. I have extensive coaching experience and am particularly adept at helping people to achieve their personal and career potential.
My counselling practice is home-based on the Leeds/Wakefield border in Methley, LS26 where I live with my husband and son, along with our dog, Ralf (don't worry, he doesn't intrude on our sessions!).
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Theory and Skills, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy;
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy;
- Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP);
- Level 3 Diploma in Addiction;
- NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace;
- I also achieved a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and offer coaching to under/post graduate students.
I have undertaken training in the following areas:
- International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT) - Rewind Technique (specialist trauma intervention);
- Introduction to CBT;
- Treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (CBT);
- Treating Health Anxiety (CBT);
- Treating Social Anxiety (CBT);
- Treating Perfectionism (CBT);
- Treating Depression (CBT);
- Treating Anger (CBT);
- Treating Low Self Esteem (CBT);
- Understanding and Treating Bipolar Disorder (CBT);
- Treating Insomnia (CBT-i);
- Treating Alcohol Abuse (CBT);
- Working with Imposter Syndrome (CBT);
- Treating Complicated Grief, Bereavement and Loss (CBT);
- Working with survivors of rape and sexual assault;
- Child Sexual Abuse 'Hope for Healing';
- Working with suicidal clients;
- Working with Narcissism;
- Eating Disorders (Overview);
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Level 1;
- Inner Child Therapy;
- Working Creatively with Clients;
- How to do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer (BACP/OU);
- Existential Issues in Counselling.
MBACP - I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am therefore bound by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and an up to date CRB check.
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
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
Concessions offered for
Initial assessment session: £30
Counselling session: £45
Rewind session: £50 (note, this can often be completed within 1-2 sessions)*
Insomnia/Sleep-specific programme (CBT-i): £55 per session
Hypnotherapy session: £60
All sessions last between 50 minutes and one hour.
*I offer up to two free Rewind sessions to serving or retired military personnel.
I also offer a discounted rate of £30 per hour to student counsellors - please ask for details.
I am available Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 09.00 and 20.00.
Please note that I do not offer weekend appointments.