I trained as a counsellor at York St John University and now work with a very wide variety of clients. Many of my clients have come to me seeking help because they struggle with anxiety and depression. Many have suffered loss.
I offer what is called an integrative approach to counselling which means that although my main approach is person-centred, I believe sometimes people's past experiences can affect how they feel about things currently. I can also offer expert tools to help manage problems and find solutions, if that is what a client would like to do. Sometimes just talking to someone who is not part of a situation is enough.
In many ways, there is no great mystery to what happens in a counselling session. I will welcome you and run through basic formalities. I will listen carefully and help you to safely talk through the difficulties you are experiencing, in confidence. As we work together, we will share the burden and work out what needs to change for you to feel in a better place.
I also counsel at 1-2-1 Counselling in York and I have counselled at York Mind for several years gaining extensive experience of working with clients recovering from a variety of mental health conditions. I also have a lot of experience working with those who care for others. I have experience of counselling in the York & Selby IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service. I see private clients in a great central York location with car parking and public transport nearby. For some clients, it is possible to arrange counselling via the telephone or Skype or Google Hangouts.
Before becoming a counsellor, I worked as a human resources manager and I also trained as a Registered General Nurse.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Practice) (Distinction)
Certificate in Counselling (Distinction)
Member Chartered Institute Personnel & Development (previously)
BA Honours Degree IIi
Registered General Nurse (previously)
I have completed a number of professional development days, including:
- Working With Anxiety
- Counselling for Depression
- Working Humanistically With Mental Health Issues
- Safeguarding of Adults At Risk Level 1
- Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Level 2
- Experiential Introduction To Mindfulness
- Aspects of Counselling Adults Who Were Sexually Abused As Children
- Conflict in Counselling
- Alcohol Advice and Brief Intervention
- Mental Health Awareness briefings
As required by the BACP, I attend monthly supervision and abide by its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am also DBS checked. Having lived and worked in York for many years, I have a pretty good knowledge of local support services.
I am a trustee of 1-2-1 Counselling.
I mentor trainee counsellors.
I volunteered for Age UK for many years visiting people who were lonely and living with dementia.
I have also worked as a volunteer on a helpline for students in London.
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
I do not charge for the initial appointment. I believe it is very important for client and counsellor to feel as happy as possible about working together and the initial appointment is very much a "try before you buy"!
Subsequent appointments are £35 per session. Each session lasts for an hour.
I also have extensive experience in all employment issues as well as mentoring.