Hello, in searching on this website you may feel the time has come to seek support. It's ok to reach out, it shows courage and determination to feel better.
In the past I have worked with people struggling with anxiety (including social anxiety) depression, stress, loss, family issues, betrayal, panic attacks, trauma and PTSD, abuse, low self-esteem and low mood. I am highly experienced and highly qualified. As a character down to earth, approachable and will help you feel at ease to find the right way forward.
I have substantial training and experience in working effectively using online video and over the phone. At present I am not providing face to face sessions.
I have worked as a therapist for 8 years, providing over 6000 hours of psychotherapy with a wide variety of remarkable people. I enjoy my work and am very passionate about supporting people through the hardships and challenges which can come our way in life.
I provide weekly counselling services for the Police Federation and the NHS and I see clients privately. I have significant experience working with people who may feel reluctant or unsure about therapy and doubtful that it will work.
My experience is that counselling is a highly effective way to discover your inner and outer resources to cope better with the challenges you're facing. I will work hard to understand your world and help you gain self insight and clarity.
Seeing a counsellor and deciding to explore your life and situation takes courage and dedication. The results can be remarkable, transforming the way we feel about our lives.
Time to start your Next Chapter? Get in touch and let's get started.
What do clients say about seeing me for Counselling?
"I had a strange idea about counselling, Sally isn't what I expected, we connected instantly"
"I just can't believe I felt so bad, and it was only 2 months ago! I'm so grateful to Sally"
"We have laughed and cried together, and I have never felt better in all my days"
'If you had a physical health issue, you'd want to get it sorted! It's time we all started thinking about our mental health in the same way. Sally provided me with what I needed. It worked for me"
'Don't worry because it's probably the best thing you'll ever do! I can't put it into words, don't fear the unknown..Just do it if you want to understand yourself and live the life you want'
'Sally is different to the other counsellors I've seen, she's more real and I feel like she truly understands my s**t'
A little about me
I began my working life as a teacher, supporting teenagers who were unable to attend mainstream school due to social, emotional and behavioural issues.
In my mid twenties I began to suffer from frightening physical health issues. My life changed and how I viewed the world changed dramatically within a few short months.
I continued my training to be a counsellor while I was recovering. I realised my experiences and character meant I was well suited to this work. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of quality counselling with the right counsellor. I see it transform lives time and time again.
Training, qualifications & experience
This list is not exhaustive, it includes only significant training and events.
Lecturer in Counselling Supervision -July 2021 - Present- Sessional lecturing services provided to the Counselling Tutor. Training counsellors to supervise other Counsellors.
Master of the Arts - Psychotherapy -July 2021 - Masters degree studied at Leeds Beckett University.
Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate - August 2020 - 80 hours of lectures, reading and peer discussion (ACTO and National Counselling Society quality checked)
Rewind Training - July 2020 - Training in the 'Rewind Technique' which can offer closure to people living with trauma and PTSD.
Trauma Summit - June 2020 - An intensive two day schedule of lectures from some of the leading trauma experts from all around the world.
BACP Accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision - Awarded March 2020. Leeds Centre for Psychological Development.
BACP Accreditation - Awarded - July 2018. Accreditation is where counsellors who have counselled for 450+ hours can evidence their work and competence by writing a variety of assignments which are assessed by the BACP.
Seeking the Inner Child - September 2017. Rediscovering my own capacity for childish excitement and joy, enabling me to help others find this in themselves.
West Yorkshire Police Federation May 2017 to present. Providing weekly counselling services for Police officers.
NHS Employee Health and Wellbeing at Work May 2017 to present. Providing counselling services for a wide variety of reasons, from bereavement to panic and anxiety.
Lecturer in Counselling Sept 2014 to June 2019. Training adults on accredited counselling courses at a large local college.
Next Chapter Counselling Jan 2014 to present. Counselling individuals on a one to one basis struggling with a wide variety of issues.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education July 2015 Qualified Lecturer status in order to teach Counselling to adults.
Batley Self Help Depression Group Charity Jan 2012-June 2013. Counselling individuals who suffer or have suffered with abuse, trauma and depression.
Diploma in Counselling July 2013. Became a qualified Counsellor.
Certificate in Counselling June 2011
Art and Design Degree. 2003. Photography and Illustration specialism
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Initial sessions are charged at £30 for 50 minutes. Future sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.
Initial sessions include a brief discussion of your situation and a counselling agreement. We will also consider carefully what you would like to change by the time our work ends (in your life or in your mind). This session is the start of your counselling journey. I will prepare you for our work and help you feel comfortable to explore what brings you to see me.
Choosing the right counsellor for you is extremely important, after this session you can decide whether you would like to proceed or discontinue sessions. You can go away and give it some thought, it is your choice. There is no pressure to continue.
Sessions are generally held on a weekly basis and we will review progress every 5 sessions. Many people notice positive changes in their state of mind by session 5. Meetings can be arranged around your commitments as much as possible and you do not need to agree to the same time each week.
Supervision (for trainee and qualified counsellors)
Fees for supervision are £50 per hour (60mins). Please feel free to visit my supervision profile using the button towards the bottom of this page.
Next Chapter is located in Morley, Leeds, 5 minutes away from Morley train station (Two stops from Leeds Train Station) and 10 minutes walk from Morley town centre.
The counselling room is located in a garage conversion specifically created for counselling and supervision. This is a quiet and welcoming space with a window over the garden. There is a toilet next to the counselling room which is only used by myself and my clients.
Appointments can be available throughout the week, including weekends.