Many people consider counselling, but are not sure what to expect. It can sometimes feel very hard to take that initial step and seek help, and to talk through things that you may never have shared with anyone before. My aim is to create a comfortable and relaxed environment to enable you to explore what is going on for you.
Counsellors work in all sorts of different ways; I work from an integrative perspective, which means that while I believe we all have the resources within us to enable us to achieve our full potential, there is no one-size-fits-all way of supporting someone to do that. Some people prefer just to talk; others like a more structured approach, with set goals in mind. The main aim of counselling is to help you to 'live your best life,' to coin a popular phrase, which many of us - perhaps by circumstance or because of our relationships - are sadly prevented from doing at times.
I have worked with people who bring a lot of different issues to counselling, from depression to bereavement; relationship difficulties to social anxiety. In terms of my specific areas of interest and specialism, I have extensive training in, and experience of, working therapeutically with people with eating disorders, and their families, and have run workshops and self-help groups on behalf of charities Beat, Student Minds and the Retreat hospital in York. I also run staff development courses for therapists working with people with chronic illnesses, and have a lot of experience of working with clients with long-term illnesses; I know from personal experience what a uniquely lonely place this can be, at times.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a post-graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy and am a registered member of the BACP. As well as being in private practice, I also volunteer for mental health charity Student Minds, working in an advisory role to help develop and maintain student-led support groups. Previously, I worked on the counselling team at Talking Spaces in Harrogate, where I worked therapeutically with adults with depression, anxiety, bereavement, eating disorders, autism and work-related stress. I have a lot of experience in developing and running support groups for people with eating disorders and their families, as well as running Empowering Families workshops as developed by Professor Janet Treasure of the Maudsley Hospital in London.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Relationship problems
- Work-related stress
I charge £40.00 per 55 minute session. I generally work on a weekly basis, but am happy to work fortnightly, or offer more flexible arrangements.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time availability, occasional weekend work
Types of client