Sally-Anne Armitage - Next Chapter Counselling & Supervision MBACP Accred.PGDip
Hello. Are you looking for a counsellor who can work effectively online and over the phone? Is your life affected by relationship issues, stress, loss, family issues, betrayal, panic, trauma, depression, abuse or feeling sad? Where do you even start? We can work together to help you gain clarity and find a way through the 'fog'.
I am a very experienced, passionate and dedicated Person Centred Counsellor. I have trained mature students to become qualified counsellors, I have worked with police officers for the last 5 years, I have counselled for over 2000 hours and I work with the NHS. I believe deeply in counselling and am constantly humbled by the positive changes clients experience, often within a few weeks of starting the work.
The country is filled with counsellors who have varying amounts of experience and skill, and the presence of one doesn't necessarily mean the presence of the other. I am dedicated to this profession, an active member of the Yorkshire counselling community, continually training, researching and developing. I will not be a passive person in the relationship, I will offer supportive challenge, I'll be honest with you, and do my very best to create a space where you can talk about absolutely anything you need to.
I will not tell you what you should or shouldn't do or what you should or shouldn't think. I will work alongside you to create an atmosphere where you are able to be completely open and honest. We will explore the options together, building a full and clear picture of what is going on for you and making sense of your situation.
Up until recently I lectured on counselling, training mature students to become qualified counsellors at a large local college. I have now moved away from this to focus on clientwork as unfortunately I didn't feel I had enough time for client work while lecturing as well. I am glad I have taught the subject, it has contributed to my understanding of the counselling process and has undoubtedly enhanced my practice.
Seeing a counsellor and deciding to explore your life and situation takes real courage. The results can be nothing short of amazing and can last a lifetime.
Time to start your Next Chapter? Get in touch and let's get started.
What do clients say about seeing me for Counselling?
"Sally doesn't just sit there, she has this way of getting to the stuff that matters, but I never felt pressured"
"I'm so grateful to Sally, I just can't believe I felt so bad, and it was only 2 months ago!"
"I'm a naturally thoughtful and reflective person, yet Sally seems to notice things in what I say which has really opened my eyes"
'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"
'Sally works miracles'
'My relationship with myself and the people in my life has been transformed'
'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 very warm and easy to talk to, I never felt judged. She genuinely cared about my well-being'
'I don't really know why it has worked, but it has! My life circumstances are exactly the same as when I started but I just don't feel as burdened by everything at all...'
'I was so nervous I could hardly speak, yet within half an hour I knew Sally was on my side and she wasn't judging me'
'I have seen a counsellor before and it was an awful experience... I knew, if Sally was the same I would never again see another counsellor. I am really glad I was convinced to give it another go'
'I didn't know what it would be like, I am so glad I decided to do it'
'I have told Sally things I have never told anyone, and I feel so much better for it'
'I can't believe how far I have come, I feel like a new person. I look back at my first session, I just can't believe that was how bad I felt'
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 months.
I trained to be a counsellor while I was recovering and it was the best decision I've ever made. I realised my experiences and character meant I was naturally suited to the profession. The positive results my clients experience has been truly remarkable and I deeply believe in the power of quality counselling.
More recently I completed a BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision after almost two years of practice and study.
Training, qualifications & experience
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.
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Counselling June 2013. Qualified Person Centred Counsellor Status.
Art and Design Degree. 2003. Photography and Illustration specialism
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
Initial sessions include a discussion of your situation and a counselling agreement. We will also consider carefully what would change in your life (or in your mind) if you found counselling very helpful. This session is the start of your counselling journey and can be very powerful. I will work hard to prepare you for the work and help you feel comfortable to explore what brings you to see me. Clients have described the counselling process as a mental spring clean!
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.
Initial sessions are charged at £30 for 50 minutes. Future sessions are £45 for 50 minutes. These are generally held on a weekly or two weekly basis and we will review progress every 5 sessions. Many people already notice positive changes to their mental health within 5 sessions. Meetings can be arranged around your commitments as much as possible, you do not need to agree to the same weekly session.
Supervision (for trainee and qualified counsellors)
Fees for supervision are £50 per hour (60mins). Please feel free to visit my supervision profile using the green 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
Due to the door threshold, the room itself would be difficult to access by wheelchair. Please contact me for further details.
Appointments can be available throughout the week, including weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Hello trainee and qualified counsellors.