I offer general counselling. Would you like to talk to me?
Anxiety, depression and loss may make you feel panicky and add to relationship difficulties. People often feel as though they are on an emotional roller coaster. I can help you feel less isolated and overwhelmed with your feelings?
It can sometimes seem scary to make changes or do something new but I hope that you will take courage, contact me and together we can work to support you through these difficult times.
I am a genuine and caring experienced counsellor that can offer a safe confidential space where you will be listened to in a non-judgmental way. Working together counselling can help you to:-
- Enable you to get through a crisis
- Help you take control of stress and anxiety
- Aid with depression
- Work through traumatic occasions in your life
- Help resolve relationship issues with friends and family
- Change unhelpful behaviour patterns
- Build up your self-confidence, self-esteem and support network
- Adjust to loss, change and bereavement
Adults, older people, children and young people.
I provide both long and short term counselling, meeting weekly.
Where do I work?
I am based in Otley area of Leeds and Castleford, West Yorkshire. However, I now work by phone and online.
I charge £45 for each session which lasts 50 minutes. Payment by BACS can be made just before the beginning of each session.
Please contact me by email, or you can telephone or text me, and let me know when it is convenient to talk to make the initial appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact you?
Please phone or email me. I will try and get back in touch with you within 24 hours.
How much do I pay?
I charge £45 for each 50 minute session. Sessions are £45 per hour. Payment by BACS.
Where are you located?
I am based in the Otley, Leeds and Castleford Areas but I can be reached throughout the UK online using Zoom or by telephone.
When do you offer counselling sessions?
I am currently working online and by telephone. | work Mondays and Fridays with some flexibility at other times. Please call me and we can work out a time to meet.
What will happen if I am late?
If you are late you will still be charged for the session.
What will happen if I need to cancel?
Please give me at least 2 working days' notice otherwise you will be charged £45
What will happen during these sessions?
During the initial therapy session we meet and discuss your expectations and needs from counselling. This session also gives you the opportunity to decide if we would like to work together.
Further sessions are often held at the same time and place weekly. We will look at your issues and find a way for you to resolve these and find ways to cope.
How many sessions will I need?
You can choose. I provide both long and short term counselling. For some people six sessions is enough and for others a few months or years help them.
What about confidentiality?
Everything that you say is confidential.
Except for the following:-
Supervision - I share my work with my supervisor to make sure that I work ethically and to protect you.
Danger to self and others - If you were to tell me that you were to harm yourself or others then I would have to take this further.
If I had to take action I would aim if possible to discuss this with you first.
What type of therapy do you provide?
I use an integrative approach in which I work relationally.
What is your theoretical approach?
What is your code of ethics?
I am a member of BACP and follow the BACP Ethical Framework.
Are you registered?
I am a registered member of BACP
What are your specialist interests and experience?
I have a particular interest in bereavement and end of life care.
I have worked for 14 years as a bereavement counsellor and have had 12 years’ post qualification clinical experience in general counselling. I see individuals and help them to meet their personal needs through supporting them through loss. The main work I do is help people through the process of making adjustments and accepting changes in their lives.
I initially trained to work with children and worked in schools. I counselled children and adolescents in primary and secondary schools and worked for a children's bereavement charity.
More recently I worked for an older people's charity. Currently, I work for a bereavement charity.
I trained as a supervisor and provide supervision to organisations and individuals.
'I really struggled with the effects of lockdown . Thank you. I will be able to look back and remember. I realise how much you have helped me.
'I appreciate what you have done. I can't talk to my family but you have listened. and been there for me. You have been really good.' I will miss our sessions'.
'You've really helped me greatly. Just thank you for listening'.
'You were there for me when my son died. I don't know what I would have done without you. Thank you'.
'I felt so isolated during lockdown it has been really difficult. You have given me the strength to open up my way of looking at things'.
Taken from the publications of BKIS publications, www.inspiredstillness.com'
'There is always a chance to change, but do I make the time to change'.
'We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are'. Anais Nin
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma HE Therapeutic Counselling, Leeds Met University
- Certificate In Working With Couples - Leeds Centre for Psychological Development
Group Facilitators Training Certificate
Bereavement Training, Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course,
HE Cert In Counselling
Introduction to Counselling Certificate
NNEB (Nursery Nursing Examination Board Certificate)
How I Work
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor. I have worked with children, young people, adults and older people. I may work in a number of ways with you and respond and adapt my approach to suit your individual needs.
What is most important to me is our relationship. Working relationally means building a trusting, honest relationship and using our relationship as the basis for successful therapy.
I may help you to change some of your negative thought processes and may work creatively using art, particularly when working with children and young people.
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 help people to cope with stress and anxiety.
I have a particular interest in bereavement and end of life care.
Initial Phone Call – Free of Charge
I charge £45 for each session which lasts 50 minutes.
Sessions are £45 per hour.
I am currently working online and by telephone . I am available on Monday and Tuesday Evenings, Wednesday afternoon and evening and Thursdays during the day and evening.
I am a Registered Member of BACP.
On street parking is available in Otley and offstreet parking is available in Castleford.