Hi there. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist offering a confidential service at the welcoming Lightwell Practice in Skipton. I am here to help whether you need support with current issues, feel anxious, unhappy or blocked, or wish to explore your past and its impact on self and relationships. I work integratively, drawing on different theoretical approaches - but always grounding our working relationship in mutual acceptance and trust. This relationship enhances your functional connection to others and to yourself, which in turn promotes understanding, growth and new ways of being in the world - even when times are tough.
Before counselling I was an editor in book publishing, and this informs my practice: together we can make sense of your story, identify themes and patterns, and find creative ways forward.
Initially my practice was with bereaved clients and groups, and loss remains a focus: in a sense we are all influenced by lost or missing experience.
Now I see adults presenting with a range of issues (see list below). Until recently I was also a mental health and autism worker, supporting clients through the practical and emotional challenges of e.g. anxiety, depression, addictions, hearing voices and personality disorders.
I receive regular clinical supervision and am committed to continuing professional development. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within their ethical framework. I hold a current enhanced disclosure (DBS).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (level 7), Leeds Beckett University
- B.A. (Hons) in English Studies. This included two years' study of Psychology.
- M.Phil. in Publishing Studies
I have counselling experience across three settings: Bradford Bereavement Support (individuals and groups), Aire, Wharfe and Craven Counselling (a community charity) and The Lightwell Practice (as a private practitioner).
I have completed a number of short courses (1-4 days) on topics including:
- Peer group facilitation
- Loss of a child
- Working with personality disorders
- Trauma: its causes and consequences
- Understanding mental health
- Safeguarding adults
- Transactional Analysis psychotherapy
- Defence mechanisms
- Grief and loss
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £35 for a 50-minute session. Concessions can be discussed for those on low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My main availability at Lightwell is on Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesday appointments are also sometimes possible.
Types of client