I offer counselling for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems and issues stemming from other significant events in people's lives. I work from rooms in Union Terrace, between York Hospital and York St John University.
I have had over twenty years experience of working to support people through mental health crises, with substance abuse issues and learning disabilities.
I know how daunting it is to choose a counsellor so feel free to arrange an initial informal meeting. This may help you to decide whether it would benefit you to begin therapy and for us to work together.
Please note that there are ten steps down to my room at Union Terrace.
Training, qualifications & experience
- M.A. Counselling and Psychotherapy York St John University
- Diploma in Acting: Drama Studio, London
- PGCE: University of Leeds
- B.A. (Hons) English and History: University of Keele
Counsellor / Psychotherapist in Private Practice
Talking Therapy York
Counsellor: York Mind
February 2014 – PresentHighcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, Clifton Green, York
Associate Therapist: The Tuke Centre, The Retreat, York
May 2012 – November 2014 (2 years 7 months)
Trainee Therapist: Wellspring Therapy Centre, Harrogate
Experienceof time-limited and open-ended approaches with self-referrals, G.P. referrals, EAPS, students in Higher and Further Education and Carers' Services.
Before training as a Counsellor I worked as a Teacher of English and Drama in Secondary Schools in Bradford and Leeds before training and working as an Actor for ten years. I was then employed in Social Services in London working with Adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and addiction related problems.
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
My sessions last for 60 or 90 minutes as requested and my rates start at £40 an hour with concessions available. First session at £10.
Please contact by email to discuss payment details for Skype or telephone counselling.
- Why choose counselling?
We go to counselling because of the way we feel.
Often it feels like we can be overwhelmed by our emotions, whether sadness or anger, fear, guilt, shame or distress. Sometimes people say that everything seems so confusing, that emotions have stopped them being able to make choices, stopped them speaking or being with others, even stopped them thinking.
- How do we do something about this?
Research has shown that an effective way to do something about the complexities that we find ourselves in is to explore them by talking about them. By doing this they become less confusing, we can see where these feelings come from then see how best to manage them.
- A counsellor's perspective.
Talking to close friends and family can help a great deal. However, most find that a different, new and impartial perspective can offer another way of making sense of those emotions that seem to dominate.
- How do we explore?
Counselling cannot make these feelings disappear but does allow an opportunity to revisit them, to make a different sense than the one that caused so much distress at the beginning. Perhaps it caused so much distress because at the time it seemed to be the only sense to make.
Many of these emotions that trouble us seem to stem from our habitual way of perceiving ourselves with others, the feelings that arise when we are in relationship to other people . Examining the way we feel about ourselves in relation to other people is an important first step in exploring those emotions that brought us to counselling in the first place. Exploring these in partnership with another, a counsellor, can offer an opportunity to revisit events, the background or the history that led to the feelings.
What clients have said:
'I would just like to say I found the experience of counselling with Simon very helpful and productive. I felt at ease with him and felt able to say anything without embarrassment. He was patient and relaxed and enabled me to examine thoughts and feelings without any hindrance.'
'The whole experience was helpful. It helped me to look at issues from the past especially concerning my childhood and marriage and realise that I don’t need to let them bring me down. I came away every week feeling good and looking forward to the following week. I think that the whole experience has helped me to understand the positive benefits I bring to many people’s lives and that I’m a pretty decent bloke!'
'I found the whole experience positive and beneficial. It was juxtaposed against a situation in my personal life that was unravelling and it helped me to work through that with the result that I have come out the other end feeling very positive.'