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Sam Woodhead. B.A (Hons), MBACP (Registered), MNCS (Accr), Ad Prof Dip PC,

Leeds, Yorkshire, LS18 5PX 07948016355 07948016355
Leeds, Yorkshire, LS18 5PX
07948016355 07948016355

About me

About me

I believe everyone has the desire and ability to fulfil their own potential. I also think that we all can change and grow as people, if we are given the opportunity to see how to do this. Counselling “holds a mirror” up for you to see how you really feel about past issues and events. It allows you to see new possibilities and make choices and changes that may give you a more peaceful outlook on life.

What is Counselling?

Counselling offers you a time to explore issues that are causing you despair, confusion or concern, in confidence, with someone who will not tell you what to do, judge or reproach you.

A Counsellor is trained to offer therapy by helping you understand yourself and your feelings and emotions, by encouraging you to explore your options in a safe and trusting environment.

Most importantly your Counsellor will help you to understand why you are feeling a certain way, how your problems arose and help you to learn how to avoid similar problems arising again.

Counselling is not about fixing problems, it is about changing your understanding and view of the problems, so that you can begin to work towards living in a way that you find more satisfying. In essence counselling is what is called a “talking therapy”.

What use is just talking?

Often in life we don’t really talk to people about how we feel. Instead we give what we think are required responses, for example when someone says “how are you” we often reply “fine”, even if we don’t always feel fine. We do this because:

  • we don’t want to reveal inner-most thoughts and feeling;

  • we don’t want to worry or burden the person who has asked about our state of wellbeing;

  • we don’t want that person to judge us.

Time and Space

Your sessions are time just for you. This unique time allows you the space to listen to yourself and identify your true feelings as opposed to glossing over them; as we so often do in day-to-day life. I will take the time to actively listen to you and to understand your experiences from your perspective as you tell your story. So, talking to someone outside of your family or circle of friends, will allow you to gain a new insight on what is troubling you.

I am an integrative therapist which means that I draw from a wide range of counselling methods and approaches. Fundamentally though, I work as a psychotherapist exploring past life experiences and relationships which may affect how you are feeling right now.

Often in life we don’t really talk to people about how we feel. Instead we give what we think are required responses, for example when someone says “how are you” we often reply “fine”, even if we don’t always feel fine. We do this because:

  • we don’t want to reveal inner-most thoughts and feeling;

  • we don’t want to worry or burden the person who has asked about our state of wellbeing;

  • we don’t want that person to judge us.

How do I start the ball rolling?

You can contact me to arrange an introductory session by giving me a call on 07948016355. Please leave a message with your contact details (including phone number), and I'll get back to you. Or you can email me at samanthawoodheadcounselling@gmail.com

Our first session will be an opportunity for you to explore what has brought you to counselling and to decide if I am the right person to help you. You can outline your worries, issues, concerns and fears; whether they are current problems or experiences from the past which are still causing you distress. In this session, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve from counselling, so that we know where we are aiming for in our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, Qualifications and Experience

Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course 2016 – TA Training Organisation Leeds on behalf of United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis

Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2015 – The Horsforth Centre

Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2013 – Chrysalis Accredited professional Therapy Training

Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2012 - Chrysalis Accredited professional Therapy Training

Awareness in Bereavement Care (Foundation Course) 2012 – Cruse Leeds

Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills 2011 - Chrysalis Accredited professional Therapy Training

Other Qualifications

Diploma in Management Studies 1996 – Metropolitan University Leeds

Certificate in Management 1995 - Metropolitan University Leeds

B.A (Hons) Historical and Political Studies 1993 – University of Huddersfield

Experience

I am experienced working with adults in the voluntary and private sector.  In the voluntary sector working with bereaved adults for Cruse Bereavement Care, and with parents at a local Children’s Centre with a wide range of issues beyond parenting.

In my private practice, at The Horsforth Centre Leeds, I have experience of working with adults with diverse issues.

Training, Qualifications and Experience

Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course 2016 – TA Training Organisation Leeds on behalf of United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis

Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2015 – The Horsforth Centre

Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2013 – Chrysalis Accredited professional Therapy Training

Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2012 - Chrysalis Accredited professional Therapy Training

Awareness in Bereavement Care (Foundation Course) 2012 – Cruse Leeds

Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills 2011 - Chrysalis Accredited professional Therapy Training

Other Qualifications

Diploma in Management Studies 1996 – Metropolitan University Leeds

Certificate in Management 1995 - Metropolitan University Leeds

B.A (Hons) Historical and Political Studies 1993 – University of Huddersfield

Experience

I am experienced working with adults in the voluntary and private sector.  In the voluntary sector working with bereaved adults for Cruse Bereavement Care, and with parents at a local Children’s Centre with a wide range of issues beyond parenting.

In my private practice, at The Horsforth Centre Leeds, I have experience of working with adults with diverse issues.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Fees

I offer a 50 minute session for £50

Further information

Therapies Offered

I offer integrated therapy with a fundamental belief that past experiences and relationships affect how we see and experience the world now.

Further Information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); this is a professional register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

The BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice underpins the way that I work and also puts the wellbeing of my clients at the heart of my practice. I also receive regular clinical supervision, and attend Continuing Professional Development and training to ensure that I continue to develop my knowledge, skills and experience.

I currently offer counselling at The Horsforth Centre, Horsforth, Leeds.

The Horsforth Centre
138 Low Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
Yorkshire
LS18 5PX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

I normally work weekday days (10am-7pm), but will try and accommodate evenings where possible.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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Sam Woodhead. B.A (Hons), MBACP (Registered), MNCS (Accr), Ad Prof Dip PC,

Sam Woodhead. B.A (Hons), MBACP (Registered), MNCS (Accr), Ad Prof Dip PC,

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