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MBACP - Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Coaching

About me

Considering counselling can be daunting. Maybe you are going through an intense and difficult time that feels too big to tackle alone, or perhaps you feel as if you are stuck and you are unsure how to move forward. In my practice, I offer you a safe space to explore and unpick either 'here and now' issues, or more deep rooted issues from the past which may be impacting your day to day life.  We will work together, to help you come to a deeper understanding of yourself and discover new ways of moving forward in life.

I work in a relational way, meaning that a therapeutic relationship is developed between us built on trust and empathy, to understand the world from your perspective. I will listen to you without judgement and learn about what you have been through to understand your experiences. I will help you to reflect on, develop and articulate your emotions, experiences and personal meanings. Working relationally means that together we can use therapy as a tool to look at relationships that you have with others. I will help you to understand any links between the past and the present that may emerge.

Central to my approach is that I accept you for who you are, and that you may develop a clearer awareness and understanding of yourself, your relational patterns and who you are in the world. I like to think of therapy as a process of introducing you to the person you have the most dealings with - yourself!

I am a qualified integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, which means that rather than working to just one therapeutic theory, I offer an approach which is tailored to your needs and that is considered collaboratively between us. I can offer therapy for those struggling with grief and loss, difficulties forming or maintaining relationships, low mood, depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress, change in life circumstances such as loss of job or divorce or general dissatisfaction with your personal life.

Above all, what is important to me is that I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to hear your story and work through the situation or patterns which have brought you to seek therapy. I invite you to contact me for an initial chat to see if I am the right person to support you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), my work is supervised in accordance with the BACP code of ethics, and I adhere to the BACP ethical framework. I have full professional indemnity insurance and hold a data protection license to ensure safe and ethical practice.

Professional qualifications:

  • Diploma HE level 5 in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Certificate HE level 4 in therapeutic counselling
  • Level 3 certificate in counselling
  • Introduction to counselling
  • Transactional Analysis TA101 certificate
  • ILM level 5 certificate in effective coaching
  • Certified online therapist

In addition to my private practice, I work in a hospice setting where I began in 2019 with both pre and post bereavement clients and those receiving end of life care. I have also worked with the homeless and some of the most marginalised people in society who are referred for counselling via third sector charity support workers.

I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development to update and advance my knowledge.

Member organisations


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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute exploratory phone or video call so that we can discuss what you are looking for in a little more detail.  This is also a chance for you to see if you would like to work with me. Following this, my fees are £45 per 50 minute session.

Further information

I am based in Darrington, just off the A1, A1(m) with good links to the M62 and 2 miles outside of Pontefract.

My therapy room is within The Kyte, Chestnut house and has ample, free parking.  Unfortunately, at this time, there is no disabled access to my therapy room however if you require disabled access, please contact me to make alternative arrangements.  If you prefer to work remotely, I offer telephone and online sessions which provide access to support in a place which suits you best.

The Kyte, Chestnut House, Darrington, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 3HR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults