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.
*Please note that I am currently offering counselling via Zoom and Skype in lieu of face-to-face work. If you would prefer to meet in person, I practise at the Oakdale Centre in Harrogate, and would ask all clients, after our initial conversation, to contact Oakdale for a formal assessment and referral. I also offer walk and talk therapy, which can be a great way of combining the healing potential of being outdoors with the healing power of talking; a lot of people also report how much they value the scope that walking gives them to process everything. For more details, including how this service is risk assessed and how session content is kept confidential, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer competitive rates. Please get in touch for more details.