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MA Psychology, Dip counselling, UKCP accred

About me

Are you struggling with a particular relationship or a recent breakup? Perhaps you're stuck in a painful repeating pattern or feel you 'can't do relationships'? Or maybe you're suffering with anxiety, loneliness, lack of confidence or sadness? I'd love to help. I offer weekly talking therapy and will teach you practical tools that you can use to help yourself way beyond our time together. I use a mix of Psychosynthesis, Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, CBT, and embodiment practices to help you.

My area of expertise is in the area of relationships. I can help you form a deeper and more loving relationship with yourself so you can have more successful relationships in the outside world. This will build your confidence and self-esteem. 

Working with me you will learn to become more aware of your inner world. With increased awareness you will be able to break painful patterns in your life and consciously make more empowering choices.

It is important to remember that it’s the most difficult times in particular that hold the biggest opportunities for new beginnings and powerful transformations. 

About me

I am originally from NZ and have lived for many years in London and most recently Ibiza. I love to travel and am interested in meditation, yoga and shamanic ceremony. Connecting to Mother Nature is my most powerful spiritual practice. All of these influences flow into my work.

I have experience working with LGBTQ+ and sexuality issues and identify as a Bi woman (she/her). 

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at The Institute of Psychosynthesis. I have a Diploma in both Psychosynthesis Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Counselling as well as a Masters Degree in Psychosynthesis Psychology from Middlesex University. I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor, and adhere to the UKCP's ethical framework for good practice.

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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£95.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

I currently have some availability.

Further information

Before starting therapy, I offer a free 15 min telephone initial consultation. This gives us the opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and what your hopes and anxieties might be. It also allows you to get a sense of my way of working and to decide whether I am the right therapist for you.

If we agree to work together, the way I work with clients is that you would have a weekly 50-minute session in person on the same day and time each week. I work on a long-term (open-ended) basis.

I am regulated by the UKCP comprehensive code of professional ethics and guidelines, which includes a commitment to client confidentiality.

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29

Type of session

In person

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