Lots of things may be affecting you – large and small. Anxiety, depression, panic, not coping. Or just one thing is having a big impact on your life. Sometimes we can manage a few things being difficult for many years and then one more thing makes everything hard to cope with.
I have been a counsellor for over 20 years and provide a safe, supportive space to work through any issues that may be affecting your life - in short or long term therapy. These may be things from your past, what's going on at the moment, or worries about the future. I work with adults and young people 14-18 years old, using the Person Centred approach, to suit individual needs and have very positive feedback.
I often describe counselling as a bit like doing a jigsaw. With lots of pieces - edges and corners and lots of middle bits, but no clear picture on the box. Together we would work out and understand more about what the different issues are, how you feel about them, how you cope/don't cope - at your pace in your way. If you have had some therapy before you may be aware of some of what's going on for you, but want to get support to work through more things in a non-judgemental environment.
The Person Centred approach works well for adults and young people, particularly teenagers, as they are in control of the process at a time when life can feel challenging, with so many changes happening and choices to be made.
I believe we are all experts by experience and with the right support and level of understanding and development of self awareness, we can learn about ourselves and go on to make changes and feel more content and confident in who we are.
It's important to build the trust with a counsellor so that you feel able to look at the things that you are struggling with, work things through so you can understand yourself more and live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a counsellor I have supported people, in both short and long term therapy, often dealing with complex issues affecting their mental health and well being.
I have received a lot of very positive feedback from clients [particularly young people], colleagues and supervisors. I work in private practise in the Calder Valley offering counselling to people in West Yorkshire and Lancashire.
I was the manager of The Market Place – a young people's mental health charity in Leeds - for 14 years. Ensuring that young people who used the service had real opportunities to influence the organisation, how it was run and the way it developed, which I think is very important. I am committed to working towards improving mental health services for young people.
- Level III Counselling Diploma Salford College
- Advance certificate in Therapeutic Group Work, Salford College
- Training for Trainers: Mental health and young people
- Complex Trauma and Dissociation: working towards recovery
- Various courses on different aspects of mental health - ongoing.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
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
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 am willing and able to support you with any issues you may have and find that, as none of us fit into neat boxes, it is likely that you may have more than one issue affecting your life.
From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person session
I offer a free introductory session. In this session, you will have the opportunity to find out about how I work and how we can work together, talk through what you want to get out of the sessions, check out the room, see how you feel about me and ask any questions, with no obligation.
Sessions are on a sliding scale between £35 -£50 per hour and are usually weekly, but I can be flexible. Young people aged 14-18 have the option to have shorter sessions of 45 mins at a reduced rate of £30 per session.
I use a lovely, discreet room at The Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge. A 10 minute walk from the train station with parking on site.