Over 14 years experience and over 7 years of training (3 years post graduate).
Confidential counselling and psychotherapy in a private space, for Individuals, Couples and Families. Current relationships at home or at work, family, work-related (including burnout), life-stage, stress, persistent and continuing challenges from past relationships, conflict, anger and rage, a difficult or traumatic childhood, issues from the past or any difficulty that is important to you and your loved ones and not reaching a natural resolution on its own.
I also have extensive experience in working with psychiatric illness, personality disorders, eating disorders, suicide and suicidal ideation, trauma and post-traumatic stress and am a qualified EMDR therapist.
Some clients have given feedback on my way of working and among the things they have said they found helpful is that I am a real person, actively present on the journey of discovery and change - I tend not to sit and nod blankly or repeat what you have just said without any apparent purpose. I do join with you in searching and discovering and will say if I feel we are missing something or passing something that warrants further consideration.
I work both as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Sessions are usually in 50-minute or 90-minute appointments, most often weekly though sometimes it can be helpful and appropriate to meet more than once each week or sometimes, only once every 2 weeks.
I prefer to work toward specific (and usually properly formulated and identified), therapeutic goals over whatever time-scale it takes to achieve those goals – working in short, medium or long-term\open-ended therapy. These goals can be set entirely by you or by us working together, so it doesn't matter if you are not sure what you are trying to move toward - we can work that out together.
My main training was four years duration leading to both a BA (hons) and Dip in counselling and I have subsequently taken a further three years post graduate training in family and systemic therapy and clinical supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (hons) person-centred counselling
Dip person centred-counselling
PGC Systemic Practice
Dip Group Supervision
EMDR UK & Europe part 1
EMDR UK & Europe part 2
EMDR UK & Europe part 3
Accredited as counsellor/psychotherapist by British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP (Accred) Registered
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Registered / Accredited
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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.
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples in conflict
Adult children of alcoholics
Suicide and suicidality
Fostering & Adoption
Sudden traumatic loss (suicide/RTA)
Individuals, couples and families:
Weekdays and evenings, £60.00 - £85.00 per 50-minute session (varies daytime/eve individuals/couples/families)
Saturdays, £150.00 per 90-minutes (couples and families only on Saturdays)
Are agreed at a per participant cost before group commences
09.30 - 20.30 Monday to Thursday, 16.00 - 18.00 Saturday
I have been in full-time, formally supervised professional practice since January 2004 and have worked with thousands of clients in private practice and in professional healthcare settings, including NHS-led Primary Care (IAPT) and Secondary Care (NHS Psychological Therapies Service and Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)) mental healthcare settings. I have also worked extensively in employment and workplace counselling and in the voluntary/charitable sector and in-house as a telephone counsellor, case manager and later, senior case manager for both large and small EAP (employment assistance providers).
After completing my core training, which took a mandatory four years, I have subsequently taken 2 years post graduate training in family and systemic working and a further year post graduate clinical supervision training and more recently, EMDR training.
My private practice is in the Horsforth district of Leeds (LS18 4QD) and free parking is usually readily available either directly outside the door or within close walking distance. There are stairs to the consulting rooms.