About me and my way of working
I don't know your story or what brings you here, to this moment, but welcome. I am a therapist because I know that talking therapy works! I have experienced both as a client and therapist, the healing and transforming power of being listened to, accepted and truly understood. I am a warm, kind and open person, who is interested to know you and work with whatever you bring. I want to understand your world, told your way, at your pace. I offer a confidential, safe space, where I will meet you, just as you are, without judgement. I offer you commitment, compassion and sometimes challenge.
I am willing to sit with you, be with you in a space that is JUST for you. I am willing to hear the difficult, painful and sometimes unspeakable, things. I am able to support you to identify and set goals for changes you may wish to make and to explore any potential blockages.
I have extensive experience of working with anxiety and depression. I support clients to explore and understand their underlying issues, as well as offering them a variety of tools to manage their symptoms.
As a practitioner of Transactional Analysis, I am able to offer you some TA theory and ways to think about how you have developed your life story, including your inner-self and your ways of relating to others, that might be helpful. We can explore your behaviours, thinking styles and feeling patterns together, if you are interested. Through our exploration together, you may come to a new understanding of yourself and your life situation. Through such insight, I believe people gain options for change, new directions and autonomy, as well as facing hurt and finding healing.
I believe in the power of the Human Spirit and our capacity to thrive and develop. I also know that sometimes this feels like a massive challenge, if not an impossibility! We can feel powerless, lost, alone, or in a dark and pain filled place. Sometimes, we need to know someone is in our corner, supporting us to go on, maybe this is first time experience. I believe this is where therapy can offer hope, support and a route to wellness. I honour the principle of the autonomy of individuals and their ability to think, decide and change. The relationship between you as client and me as therapist, is a means of supporting your move towards personal change, acceptance and healing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 5 years of experience as a therapist. I work with a variety of adult clients, including the elderly; those living with life-limiting illness; those seeking to recover from trauma; overcome anxiety and depression; managing life transitions, loss or dealing with relational or family conflict. I have lots of experience working with young people of secondary school age, both in individual therapy and groups.
I have completed four years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and hold a Post Graduate Diploma in TA Practice. I am continuing on to become a Certified Transactional Analyst and Psychotherapist registered with UKCP. I am presently a registered member of UKATA, the Uk Association of Transactional Analysts and BACP, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I also have a BA Hons in Theology and Education and am a qualified secondary school teacher.
I look forward to meeting you, honouring your story and helping you work out and move towards, what you want.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Early Relational Trauma. Impact of early life history on adult functioning.
From £50.00 to £55.00
Free initial online session
I offer a free telephone or Zoom consultation of 20 mins. After this, all face to face individual sessions are charged at £55. Couple sessions are £65.
I work from the Align Centre in Horsforth. We are a COVID secure organisation. The room is large and airy.
I also work extensively online, providing therapy on zoom. I have flexibility from Monday - Thursday. Zoom sessions are charged at £50
I work from the Align Centre in Horsforth on Monday 9 -2.30 pm. I also work from an office in Headlingley on Wednesday evenings. I work online using Zoom Monday - Thursday.
As a trained teacher, I am well versed in the stresses and strains of working within the Education System. As such, I am well placed to offer empathic understanding, to both Educational Professionals and young people, experiencing anxiety or high levels of stress. I can offer short therapy to support you in adopting an attitude of self care and developing strategies to manage school life. I have worked for the last 3 years running groups, both face to face and online, for young people aged 13 -18. I have supported teenagers suffering from various forms of anxiety, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, body image and isolation. I am looking to run a new online closed group for young people in Leeds.
Please email me if you, or another young person you know, would benefit from the safety and connection of belonging to a group that offers support, space to share their story, and strategies for navigating the complexities of teenage life.