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Counsellor MBACP (Accred)

About me

** Currently only online and telephone sessions available **

Sometimes life throws things at us, such as bereavement, work problems or relationship breakdowns and these can leave us feeling anxious, depressed or stressed, or we may be feeling low and lacking energy but don’t know why. We may also have more deep-seated issues which are preventing us reaching our potential. Counselling offers a calm, safe, non-judgemental space in the midst of this turmoil, a place where you will be truly heard and accepted for who you are. As your counsellor my aim is to walk alongside you through your issues, offering insight into patterns of thinking which may not be working for you anymore and helping you face your fears so you can move forward with positivity.

I am a humanistic counsellor, which is based on the philosophy that each individual is of value and has the potential for psychological change, growth and personal fulfilment. I will seek to establish an empathic, supportive therapeutic relationship in which to help you explore your feelings, behaviours and worldview, and work towards finding a better way forward for you. As the therapeutic relationship is a key tool for change in counselling, I offer a free 15 minute introductory session over the telephone so we can decide if we would work well together.

I have many years counselling experience, mostly in the voluntary sector, and currently work at 1-2-1 Counselling in York where I support clients through a whole range of personal issues. I have experience of short-term counselling (6 sessions) and also long-term work, dependent on your needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature.
  • I studied the Counselling Studies Certificate at York College (pass with distinction) and went on to study the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (pass with merit) at York St John University.
  • I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • I have completed training courses on:
  • Bereavement
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Working with self-harm
  • ASIST Suicide Prevention
  • Working with Anger
  • I attend regular supervision in accordance with BACP requirements.

Member organisations


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


Additional information

£45 an hour for face-to-face counselling

£40 for online and telephone sessions

I offer a free 15 minute telephone session in order for us to decide whether we would work well together.

When I work

Some evening appointments available.

Further information

I am a volunteer counsellor at 1-2-1 Counselling in York, where I have worked with a diverse range of clients.  I also worked at the Spurriergate Centre in York for several years, where I did longer-term work with clients.

62 School Lane, Fulford, York, YO10 4LS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Off-street parking available.