About me

I am a Relate trained counsellor experienced at working with both couples and individuals.

I offer a down-to-earth, forward thinking, non-directive approach. I endeavour to create a warm, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship where we can focus on you and your situation. I will work with you to find an understanding of your concerns, your deeper needs and how they are affecting your relationships.

Many people bring past expectations and experiences into their present relationships and this may lead to feelings of being misunderstood, unheard and of loneliness. You might need to find a new balance after a time of crisis, or perhaps rekindle the spark in a good relationship that no longer feels quite right. You might be aware of repeating arguments and a sense of “here we go again” with no resolution, or beginning to see repeating patterns emerge but not be sure how to change. These are just a few of the many reasons people decide to seek counseling.

As an individual or a couple, coping with anxiety, depression, grief, feeling stuck or dealing with a crisis, this an opportunity to gain insight into yourself and others. Counselling provides a safe environment to discover new perspectives, access inner resources and have the confidence to address change.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with a wide range of problems including communication difficulties, anxiety, depression, divorce, affairs, self esteem, grief, issues of trust, difficulties with the wider family, cultural differences, and changes in the relationship such as a new baby, illness, retirement and many more. I have worked with clients from the LGBT community and from diverse backgrounds.

I trained with Relate and still work there. Before that I trained as a Samaritan and volunteered for 5 years. I have also had life experience of many of the same issues bring to counselling.


  • Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
  • 5 years experience with the Samaritans
  • BA (Hons) languages degree.

I maintain significant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including recent courses in Eating Disorders, Suicide / Self-Harm, Aspergers, Solution-focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis, and Narrative Therapy.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


Additional information

Each 50 minute consultation in my Leeds therapy room costs £50 for individuals or £60 for couples.

Appointments need to be booked in advance. You can contact me to arrange this by telephone, text message, email or the contact page on this website.

Once in contact, we can arrange a suitable time to meet along with any other practical details. Sessions can be for individuals or couples and can also include others involved in the situation as appropriate. I only ask that we agree beforehand who will be at each session.

I offer early morning (from 7am), lunchtime and evening appointments.

I ask that all sessions are paid in advance, and this is not refundable if you are unable to come. However, if you contact me more than 24 hours in advance to rearrange our session, I can do this with only a £10 charge to reschedule. This merely covers the cost of the room which I will be committed to pay regardless of whether we use the room or not.

Please be aware that I am often not immediately available by telephone. When I am not available you will be able to leave a voice mail message, contact me by email or text. I will aim to return your call within 24 hours unless it is a weekend or holiday.


Monday 7am-9pm, Tuesday 7am-9pm, Wednesday 5pm-8pm, Thursday 7am-9pm



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Rachel Spence

Rachel Spence