Sinead Tingley PGDip MBACP Serendipity Counselling

Sinead Tingley PGDip MBACP Serendipity Counselling

About me

Hello, my name is Sinead and welcome to my profile. I offer a free initial telephone consultation to talk through the issue you are experiencing. I can help if you are feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of life and want someone to talk to.You might be feeling 'stuck', or trying to find a way out of anxiety or depression? I can help you.

Perhaps you are having relationship issues, suffering a loss, trauma, feeling isolated, lonely, or simply want to take charge of your life and make some changes to the way you think and relate to others?

This may bring up challenging questions too unsettling to think about on your own, but by meeting together on a regular basis in the safety of my comfortable consulting room, we can attempt to confront your fears and find ways to approach life's obstacles in a manageable way, generating the potential for positive change. Why not call me and we can talk about how I might help you.

My approach

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor with an integrative approach, who will listen in a non-judgemental way, offer caring confidential support and help to guide you to discover where your difficulties may stem from.

We often ignore or bury painful experiences from the past even though they can continue to affect the way we behave and think in the present. Exploring these experiences results in a deeper understanding of yourself and others.

It can be beneficial to talk to an experienced therapist with an unbiased perspective, who can offer a safe space to talk and is not connected to family or friends.

Areas of counselling that I work with

  • Relationship issues
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem/self confidence
  • Social anxiety
  • Shame
  • Anger management

Youth counselling

Young people are under an enormous amount of pressure at school, home and with friends. This is all usually well managed but if we add parental separation, illness, abuse, bereavement, sexual identity or gender issues, bullying, relationship issues and anxiety, to name but a few, this becomes overwhelming. Young people often retreat to their room, put their head phones on and stop talking. Without the right sort of help they may turn to harmful ways of coping, making the situation even more complicated.

Statistics taken from the Mental Health Foundation indicate that 70% of young people who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

It is often very difficult for a child to talk about their difficulties; this can result from not understanding what exactly is happening to them, and therefore not being able to articulate it. I work towards helping your child become more self-aware, leading to better self-care and in the process, learning the language needed in order to talk to those who can help them outside of the counselling room.

Training, qualifications & experience

I graduated from York St John Universty and hold a Post Graduate Diplome in Counselling (PGDip). I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I enjoy working with both individuals and couples and have had training in couples therapy on approved College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) programmes.

I have co-facilitated the Anger Management research project at the Counselling and Mental Health Clinic (CMHC) at York St John University and can work with those wanting an understanding of how anger affects them both physiologically and emotionally. This can help to manage anger and reduce the negative and damaging impact on self and those around.

I have experience of working as a member of the Family Therapy team at the Child and Adolesence Mental Health Service at Limtetrees, York (CAMHS). I have worked with young people and families to overcome relationship issues and effect positive change through intensive therapeutic family interventions. I also have over 15 years experience of working directly on a 1:1 basis with children and young people.

Additional training

  • SafeTALK
  • Understanding self-harm
  • Child and adolescent trauma and attachment training
  • Fundamentals of working with couples therapy
  • Working with sex and porn addiction
  • Substance misuse
  • Solution focused motivational interviewing training
  • Anger management
  • Working effectively with gender non-conforming young people (Tavistock & Portman)

Visiting Tutor - York St John University (BAHons & PGDip Programmes)

Core Tutor - CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 3 & Level 4 Therapeutic Diploma in Counselling

Fully insured

Enhanced DBS

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Counselling Rooms
  • Counselling Rooms
  • Serendipity Website


I offer a free initial telephone consultation of 30 minutes to help you decide whether I might be the right therapist for you.

  • Individuals - £50 per session
  • Couples - £65 per session

Online Booking for your convenience

Cancellations are subject to full patment if less than 24 hours notice is given. I would aim to be flexible to accomodate work commitments and holidays.

Concessions may be available, please contact me to discuss.

Further information

For your convenience I also offer online counselling session. This can be on the telephone, through a webcam or by text/email.

Maps & Directions

York, YO1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


We are able to offer counselling on a 1:1, via telephone or Zoom video sessions. Online Booking available for your convenience via my website.

Types of client

Young people
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