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(Reg. MBACP)

About me

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 volunteered at 1-2-1 Counselling for over 10 years, both as a counsellor, mentor and trustee.

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.

I have previously worked in the NHS.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

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 £40 per session. Each session lasts for an hour.

When I work

As of Friday 21st May 2021, I am currently full and cannot accept any more bookings for a little while.  Many apologies.  As soon as the situation changes, I will update this website. 

Further information

I also have extensive experience in all employment issues as well as mentoring.

York, North Yorkshire, YO24

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults