I love being a counsellor and am genuinely interested, engaged and supportive throughout our journey together. I am warm, compassionate, perceptive and honest. My clients tell me I am easy to talk to and have a good sense of humour which they find helpful, especially when things are tough. I understand that you may feel worried about opening up and talking about difficult experiences and feelings, so we will find a process and pace that is right for you.
I see you as a unique person with unique experiences. I can support you to overcome specific, distressing problems, for example
• Anxiety and/or depression
• Panic attacks
• Marital and family difficulties
• Traumatic experiences at any stage of life
• Loss and bereavement
• Low confidence and self-esteem
or to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviour if you are feeling overwhelmed or that things aren’t right.
I am on your side and able to help you. I offer a safe, accepting, non-judgemental connection to help you find a way forward - your way.
Our counselling relationship
Our counselling relationship will be confidential, relaxed and supportive, helping you to feel good about yourself, overcome your difficulties and achieve your potential. The process is sensitive to your pace and what you want to explore and is focussed on what you want to achieve.
Drawing from my training and experience in a range of therapies, I offer bespoke counselling that is personal to you and your needs. Specific therapeutic techniques enable us to tackle specific problems. I have extensive experience in supporting individuals to overcome and move on from current or past trauma, depression, disabling anxiety and relationship difficulties.
I believe that answers to our difficulties lie within our relationships with others – often starting in childhood. Knowing the importance of relationships to our wellbeing also means that our therapy relationship is a key ingredient to the change process. My approach puts you and your experiences at the heart of that process.
We can exist very much ‘in our heads’ and ignore important messages from our feelings and body. Working together to connect and work through your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour will help you understand, accept yourself and change your life for the better.
I understand that choosing a counsellor to work with is not easy. If you think you might be interested in us working together, please get in touch by email, text or call and we can arrange a free consultation before you commit to anything. We can discuss your best hopes and worst fears about the process. I will do my best to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have. If you decide then or later that you want to go ahead with an initial session we can make the arrangements.
Working with me
My practice is based in my discreet, comfortable, welcoming home studio in Horbury. It is within easy reach of Wakefield and Huddersfield and surrounding areas and 5 minutes drive from M1 Junction 40. There is ample, free off-road parking.
If getting to an appointment is a problem I offer telephone or online video (Zoom) sessions. It may be that you will feel more comfortable speaking about your issues from the comfort of your own home or have anxiety or disability and it is easier for you to use this facility. I am also currently offering telephone or online sessions in response to COVID19. If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PG Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Ongoing continuing professional development
I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to its ethical framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As well as working in private practice, I currently provide counselling as a volunteer at a Wakefield charity that supports individuals whose loved ones have addictions.
I have worked on a voluntary basis supporting men’s mental health and wellbeing and have been a Samaritans listener.
I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
I have an up to date, enhanced DBS certificate.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial consultation to help you decide if you would like to work with me.
Further sessions are a full hour and are £45
I offer various day, evening and Saturday morning appointments. Please contact me for further information.