I am a Person Centred Counsellor and have been working in Private Practice for 14yrs. I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues and difficulties that may be causing stress and discomfort in your daily life. I work with adults mainly, both individuals and couples. I have a particular interest in working with clients who have experienced Trauma.
During the Covid-19 pandemic my work is all online or via telephone.
I have also worked in the NHS as the staff counsellor, working here with a variety of problems including work based issues. I have experience in training and working in Higher Education, as a Counselling trainer, at Harrogate College.
I have vast experience of working with anxiety and depression, which can cause misery for people in their everyday lives.
I also have extensive experience of working with fragile children in care, I work therapeutically with young people and their families. I am a qualified adoption counsellor, skilled in dealing with issues surrounding adoption for either the adopter, the adoptee or the birth parents.
Life can throw many things at us, we all have our unique ways of coping with life's difficulties. Sometimes however we might feel we've exhausted our coping strategies, this can leave us feeling tired, drained, with little or no motivation. Or we might find ourselves in the same difficult situation over and over again and begin to wonder how we get there. Certain life events can have a traumatic effect, leaving us feeling anxious or depressed, a bereavement, illness, change in family circumstances, relationships breakdown, childhood issues, all these can effect the way we think and feel. Counselling can offer you a safe, confidential space for you to explore how you're feeling and for you to begin to make some sense of it all.
I am committed to offering you a confidential, therapeutic space where you can examine and explore your issues. My belief is that whatever your problems/difficulties are, you hold the solutions. Anxiety and depression can often prevent us from seeing clearly, and we sometimes need help to find a way forward, counselling can be a safe space for you to do this, without being judged or pushed in anyway.
I offer a caring, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to work through your issues at your own pace, I am respectful of your process.
In 2011 I founded Keighley and Airedale Cancer Support, providing support and therapies for cancer sufferers In the local area. I offer both group work and individual work in this area.
I am a parent of 2 teenagers, which is by far my hardest task!!!
I believe the relationship between client and counsellor is paramount to the counselling process, it is not my place to give you advice or judge you, but to assist you in finding you're own unique way of managing or changing a situation.
I'm happy to talk over any concerns or questions you might have about counselling, either over the phone, in person or via email.
I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is central to the counselling process, therefore if you decide I am not the right counsellor for you I will endeavour to support you in your search for someone else.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling skills and Theory
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Bsc Therapeutic Counselling
Link Certificate Adoption Counselling
Mental Health and the Body
Trauma in a time of Trauma
HNC Childcare Studies
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My usual fee is £40 per hour session for individuals
and £50per hour session for couples
I have a limited number of spaces available for people on low incomes at discounted rates.
I receive regular clinical supervision for my work, where I discuss my work; however, I keep anonymity here too. I am wholly committed to confidentiality. As a member of the BACP I work within their code of ethics, including a conduct and complaints procedure, which is available for all clients to see should they wish to do so.
I am also on the voluntary accredited BACP register.