I am a senior accredited counsellor with over 10 years therapeutic experience, trained in the relational approach and integrating different therapeutic ideas and approaches to best suit you. I can work with clients of any age, but have built particular expertise working with children and young people and have a specialist interest and experience working with clients who present with neurodiversity (Autistic Spectrum and ADHD)
What is ‘relational counselling’? Relational simply means that I help clients to recognise patterns in how they relate to themselves, others and the world around them and how this is based on primary relationships with our caregivers. The therapeutic relationship itself also becomes a rich source of exploration in how we are relating to one another. I will be curious about your early relationships and experiences – but understand that some people may want to focus more on ‘here and now’ stuff and others may wish to focus on difficult past experiences.
Why choose to work with me? I understand how important it is for clients to access a therapist who is right for them and choosing from potentially many therapists can be a daunting task. I aim to create a safe and relaxing space in which you can feel listened to and deeply understood. I am interested in understanding you in the context of family, friends, society and culture and taking a holistic view of all your experiences allows us to explore areas of strength as well as difficulties.
My work with children and young people and individuals who present with neurodiversity has enabled me to develop as a creative and spontaneous practitioner who enjoys making use of therapeutic writing, art, and sensory / play items as appropriate to age, development and interests.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Therapeutic Counselling - Relational Approach (Dip HE)
- Psychology Bsc (hons) York University
- I undertake regular CPD activities focussing on topics such as Autism, ADHD, self-harm, working with trauma, working creatively, attachment issues, mental health, safeguarding and impact of domestic violence.
I attend a monthly CDP and supervision group specialising in issues relating to Autism and Neurodiversity so am continually updating my knowledge of the latest research, assessment and practice.
As well as my private practice, I currently also work in schools both as a Therapist and Mental Health Practitioner, which has enabled me to have excellent knowledge of referral pathways and understanding of the outcomes and impacts of diagnosis. I undertake pre-screening and assessment for young people where there is a query around possible neurodiversity. Additionally many of the young clients and families that come to therapy may not have considered the possibility that their difficulties may be attributable to underlying neurodiversity and I have been able to successfully refer clients to CAMHS for specialist assessment and diagnosis. I have always considered it a very important part of my work to help families navigate what can sometimes feel a complicated and slow system and to understand the pro's and con's of diagnosis. I also work therapeutically with clients who have been diagnosed and wish to explore what this means for them and how to manage both their difficulties and gifts.
I have previously worked with adults in crisis and before my therapeutic career I worked in Recruitment for the creative industries and Youth Support roles.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I charge £50 for a 50 minute individual therapy session. Other consultations / work will be charged differently, (eg. for parents of younger children there is usually a 1.5 hour consultation). I invite potential clients to have an initial phone chat prior to arranging a 1st meeting to check if we may be a good fit and can work together. I don't charge for this initial phone conversation.
I am a member of the BACP and abide by their ethical and good practice guidelines. I have received senior accreditation through the BACP for my work with children and young people.
My practice is run from comfortable rooms based in North Leeds.
I welcome initial enquiries either via email or phone.