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I have worked as a person-centred counsellor of adults and young people for eight years and have counselled people with a range of difficulties and life issues.
There can be times in everybody's life when things get too much, relationships break up, we suffer losses and grief and begin to feel overwhelmed. I know how difficult it can be to decide to begin counselling and would aim to support you wherever I can in the counselling process.
I would aim to be warm, non-judgemental and caring with you and to listen carefully to your problems and to support you to move towards personal growth and change. We would work at your own pace on issues you would choose in a safe and confidential way. I have worked successfully with clients of different ethnicities, ages, religions, sexuality or backgrounds and on different issues of anxiety, bereavement, childhood abuse, relationship issues or panic attacks. I would tailor our counselling work to meet your individual needs. I would be alongside you every step of the way to greater fulfilment in your life.
I work in a person-centred and relational way where our relationship is crucial and you are valued as a client and as a person. I also draw on psychodynamic theories to link feelings and issues in the present with events and feelings from the past and from childhood experiences
I have recently completed a BSc degree in Therapeutic Counselling at Leeds Beckett University to hone my counselling skills and develop my knowledge
I would work flexibly with you according to your needs and circumstances. I have seven years of successful experience as a counsellor with adults as Leeds Counselling and in a Leeds charity for young people, the Market Place. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about how I work or any other issue related to the counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a counsellor at Bradford College and gained a Higher Education Diploma in Counselling and Human Relations validated by Bradford University. This diploma included 100 hours of supervised practice and over 40 hours of personal counselling. This was an integrated course including several different theories, although I work mainly in a person centred way which strives for equality between the counsellor and client and includes empathy, non-jugemental acceptance and genuineness and respect in all counselling work.
I have completed a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling at Leeds Beckett University in May 2015.
I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in English and Drama from Nottingham University in 1991 and have many years of experience as an English teacher and personal tutor using counselling skills in further education and sixth form colleges. I worked at Leeds City College as teacher and pastoral tutor for 13 years. I have also worked as an ESOL/ English teacher to adults in Australia, Turkey and Japan and am interested in cross- cultural and multi-cultural issues in counselling.
I gained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English and Italian from Sheffield University in 1987.
Equality and Diversity - July 2011
Safeguarding Adults- June 2012
Disability and Diversity- July 2012
Note-Making and Recording in Counselling- January 2013
Working with Photographs in Grief Work- June 2014
How to know when a client wants to end- November 2014
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £40 for a 50 minute session, usually weekly but this can be negotiated if necessary.
Please do not rule counselling out on cost alone if you have special circumstances as I have a limited number of lower cost places. I would charge £20 only for an initial 30 minute session to make sure we are comfortable working together and to look at what issues you would like to work on in the future.
When I work
weekdays and evenings
I work from safe, comfortable and discreet counselling rooms in a central location in Leeds which is easily accessible from train and bus stations and main bus routes. I would charge £20 only for an initial session to of 30 minutes to make sure you feel comfortable working with me and to find out what your issues or difficulties are and how you would like to work.