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Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP(Accred),PGDip Couns,PGDipSW

About me

Life can feel distressing or confusing, especially at times of stress or change. I am a calm, warm, non-judgemental and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist who can offer you time and support to reflect on the parts of your life which are problematic to help you to make sense of yourself and your situation.

What to Expect From your Counselling
Our work together will be exploratory and collaborative. You will find a supportive, listening space in which you can bring your problems and I will use my experience and knowledge to ask questions and offer reflections.   This will assist you to think outside your usual ways of thinking and feeling to gain deeper knowledge about yourself which will help you to arrive at a different point of view on your problems.

My training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy is one in which I understand problems to be rooted in the past and the work will involve understanding the links between your past and today’s problems. The reason for this is that it is often our earliest experiences (or a trauma which alters it) which lead us to our conclusions about ourselves, the availability of others and what is possible or not possible for us in life.

So I won't offer solutions or advice. Longer-term therapy is exploratory and collaborative and the therapy relationship will be central to the work.   My job is to help you to piece together the parts of your 'life map' which are feeding into your current problems so these elements become visible to you, and you have the opportunity to understand and accept yourself.

Sometimes painful buried feelings can emerge in the work and the therapy relationship can support you in this. Understanding your own process can transform how you feel and think about yourself and lead to connecting with your life in ways which are much more satisfying and rewarding.

How long we work together is an ongoing conversation throughout the counselling and decided by you depending on what you want to change and where you wish to get to with it. Some people have a specific issue which they wish to understand and short-term work can be suitable for this. Often a repeating theme or underlying process will emerge which will enable you to have a feel like you have a much better understanding of your situation.

What happens next?


You can call or text me on: 07792 427696
Or click here to send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis (4yr Advanced Clinical Training)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Foundation in Family and Systemic Therapy 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
  • BA (Hons)

Counselling experience

I have substantial experience of helping people make positive changes to their lives and tackle their anxiety, depression. Previously, I worked as a Volunteer Counsellor with the charity St Vincents in Leeds helping people with depression, anxiety, abuse, past experiences of domestic violence, bereavement, relationship problems, parenting issues, employment issues, ill health.  I also worked with the University of Leeds Mental Health Team as a Volunteer Counsellor with students, had a successful private practice in Leeds City Centre for a number of years and now based in Wetherby.   

Before counselling and psychotherapy training I practiced for several years as a Children and Families Social Worker supporting families. I also trained in  Family and Systemic therapy to deepen my understanding of families and relationships, have recently completed trauma stabilisation training and as a result I have expertise in helping people with low self confidence and low self esteem due to family issues.  I also have a special interest in working with people who are divorcing, or undertaking a major re-evaluation in their lives in which the old way of doing things no longer seems to work or fit.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute phone call. Please use the button on my page to request an introductory appointment time.

I currently only have face to face availability on Friday mornings.

When I work

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Further information

COVID19 :I am currently offering online only counselling at the moment.

Online vs In-Person Counselling: I know that online sessions can have a very different feel to in-person work, and having adjusted to Zoom and TEAMS over the last year, it may be that for some, Zoom sessions will feel very comfortable and convenient,  and for others, moving away from the screen to in-person work will be increasingly important. At the moment I'm offering a free Zoom or phone 15 minute consultation so that we can get a feel for how it is together and assess if this is the best match and the best therapy type for you.

Next Step:  do just contact me by text or email in the first instance, and we can arrange an appointment time for the free 15minute Zoom/phone consultation and we can take it from there.

Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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There is free parking nearby (Wilderness carpark - 5 minutes walk from the building). There is also pay and display parking in nearby streets.

Online platforms

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