Sally-Anne Armitage - Next Chapter Counselling MBACP (Accredited)
Hello :) is your life being affected by anxiety, relationship issues, stress, loss, family issues, betrayal, panic, trauma, depression, abuse, PTSD or feeling sad? Would you like to gain clarity by working with a highly experienced counsellor?
I have trained specifically in counselling via online video and over the phone. At present I do not offer face to face counselling.
I am a highly experienced, passionate and dedicated Person Centred Counsellor. I am a counsellor for the Police Federation and the NHS, as well as seeing clients privately. I believe deeply in counselling and am humbled by the positive changes clients experience, often within a few weeks of starting our work. Many of my clients contact me due to recommendation.
I am an active member of the Yorkshire counselling community, continually training, researching and developing. I seek to keep my awareness of counselling and issues relating to mental health up to date. I will not be a passive person in the therapeutic relationship, I will offer supportive challenge, I'll be very honest, and I'll work hard to create a space where you can talk about absolutely everything and 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 to help you identify the right way forward.
Up until 2018 I lectured in counselling, training mature students to become qualified counsellors at a large local college. I have now moved away from this to focus on client work, as unfortunately lecturing monopolized my time, leaving no time to actually see clients. Teaching counselling has certainly 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 life changing.
Time to start your Next Chapter? Get in touch and let's get started.
What do clients say about seeing me for Counselling?
"Sally has this way of getting to the stuff that matters, but I never felt pressured"
"The way I parent my kids has completely changed, with Sally I was able to figure out what was really behind my temper and stress"
"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"
'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'
'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 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 short months.
I continued my training 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 with the right counsellor.
I have also completed a BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision after almost two years of practice and study. This qualifies me to work with counsellors and trainee counsellors who have their own client caseload.
Training, qualifications & experience
This list is not exhaustive, it includes only significant training and events.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in supporting clients with long term health issues.
Initial sessions are charged at £30 for 50 minutes. Future sessions are £45 for 50 minutes.
Initial sessions include a brief discussion of your situation and a counselling agreement. We will also consider carefully what you hope to change in your life (or in your mind) and discuss what you can expect from therapy. 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 held on a weekly or two weekly basis and we will review progress every 5 sessions. Many people notice positive changes in their state of mind in as little as 5 sessions. 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.