About me

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 and on line using Zoom.

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)

Member organisations


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

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.

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.

Therapies offered

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Additional information

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.


Week days, evenings and weekends

Further information

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.

Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Access at The Birchcliffe Centre has been improved. There is now side entrance access with platform lift to my room [maintenance may sometimes interrupt availability]. Accessible unisex toilet on the same level [in the women's loos].

Sally Dawson

Sally Dawson