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
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 charge £35 for a 50-minute session. Concessions can be discussed for those on low income.