Hello my name is Roberta thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I recognise how difficult taking the first step towards seeking support can be and aim to create a safe, welcoming and confidential space in which you can begin your journey to receiving the support you need.
As a person-centred counsellor, I believe the relationship we create is key to supporting you to explore your experiences, process your emotions and develop the confidence and skills to make the changes you desire. I believe everyone has the potential for personal growth and change and feel that the counselling relationship allows you to unlock that potential. My non-judgmental and empathetic approach allows clients to build trust with me and share their experiences at a pace that is comfortable for them.
How I can help
You may be feeling depressed or experiencing anxiety or perhaps a loss of direction or sense of purpose in your life. You may have experienced a significant event in your life such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or you may be troubled by events in childhood that are affecting your ability to live your life the way you want to. Whatever it is that you are struggling with I can support you to make sense of your experience and work towards a happier way of being.
Alongside my private practice, I also work as a mental health practitioner within GP surgeries supporting individuals to address issues in their lives that are having a detrimental effect on their mental health. This often involves a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach (CBT) which helps people to recognise how their thoughts and beliefs can influence their feelings and behaviours. I am able to bring this experience into my counselling relationships and help you identify unhelpful thinking patterns and support you to challenge and change these.
I also have an interest in the benefits of creativity for mental well being and I am able to offer this in my counselling sessions if this is something that you are interested in. Working creatively can allow you to access and explore your emotions and experiences in a different way to simply talking about them. If you are someone who struggles to identify or verbalise your emotions using creative tools may be a really helpful way to do this.
Areas of counselling I typically work with
- Loss and bereavement
- Domestic abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Identity issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Low self-esteem
I recently qualified as an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) practitioner. EFT and TFT utilise pressure points in the body to change the energy flow which can help to reduce anxiety, lift mood, tackle phobia's and reduce pain.
Although I have experience in supporting people in a range of different areas, I have a particular interest in helping those struggling with addiction. Addiction can come in many forms and I believe that it is often a symptom of a deeper issue such as trauma or poor attachments in childhood. What ever someone may be addicted to whether that is a substance or a behaviour, it has often been used as a strategy to help that person to cope. I can support you to find more helpful ways of coping whilst exploring the issues that have led to the addiction to help you move forward in your recovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
- EFT and TFT Tapping Practitioner Certificate
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Studies
- Post Graduate Certificate in the Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders
- Bsc Forensic Psychology First Class Honours
- Certificate in Working With People with Learning Disabilities
Other Relevant Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Integrative Sandplay Therapy
- Counselling Approaches to Addiction
- Social Behaviour Network Therapy
- Working With Families Affected by Domestic Abuse
- Safeguarding Children Level 3
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Level 3
APT-Accredited mental health training in:
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) essentials
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Solution Focused Therapy
Motivational Interviewing & Stages of Change
DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) essentialsI am committed to ongoing training and professional development and believe this is essential to be able to be the best counsellor I can be for the benefit of my clients.
I have worked within mental health and addiction for approximately 15 years. I have worked in a range of different settings including community, secure mental health facilities and prisons and police custody suites. As a result I am confident working with a varied range of issues and difficulties.
As a counsellor I have worked for Holy Rood House, a spiritual retreat in Thirsk, Changing Lives, in a substance misuse service in York and Phoenix Health and Well Being, a holistic centre for emotional and physical well being in Leeds.
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
I offer a free 20-minute telephone consultation to give you the opportunity to talk with me and see if I am the right counsellor for you.
Thereafter my fees are £40 for a 50-minute session.
I offer a concessionary rate of £35 for counselling trainees.
I am passionate about making counselling accessible to everyone therefore, I also offer a limited number of sessions at a concessionary rate for individuals on a low income. Please contact me for further details.
Cancellations are subject to full payment if less than 24 hour's notice is given.
Concessions offered for
I offer sessions from a designated room in my house in the Rawcliffe area of York. There is on street parking and several buses serve the local area.