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Registered MBACP (Accred), HE Dip, BSc

About me

Hi, my name is Vanessa, I am a qualified, integrative psychotherapist.  British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation, my practice has met higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.

I offer counselling in Leeds in central locations. I am passionate about supporting others.  I work and support children from 11 years old, young people, adults and couples who require help with a wide range of difficulties, needs, experiences, life stages and situations.

I will be offering some face to face sessions in a central Leeds city centre location from the beginning of September and continuing with telephone and video call counselling sessions as well.

Counselling can help overcome your painful experiences and feelings. I provide a confidential, warm, friendly space where you are listened to and what you say matters. My role is to help you make sense of your world so you can discover how to move forward in your life.

My own journey has been the driving force and motivation to assist individuals to remove barriers and overcome their difficulties. I would be privileged to share your journey, using my own mixed heritage experiences I work with diverse clients to celebrate who they are to assist the development of a positive identity. Cultural competencies, also experienced in successfully working with clients from Africa, Asia, America, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Jamaica, China, Japan, Italy, India, France, Poland, Germany and South Africa.

A drive and commitment to both personal and professional development undertaking training, development and learnings from client work to offer a safe, effective and supportive way of working.
If you are ready to take the next step please contact me here:

How I work
I offer an integrative approach because we are all unique individuals, I believe it is important that counselling techniques are tailored to your individual needs to assist growth and change.

What I want to offer you as your counsellor

• Space for your thoughts and feelings
• Empathy
• Understanding
• Unconditional positive regard
• Genuineness and trust

l will provide a safe, comfortable, confidential environment to listen and accept what you know and feel without judgement that values your feelings, views and difficulties. I will work at your pace and use approaches that are best suited to your needs and difficulties to assist you to understand your experiences, thoughts and feelings. Together we can work out what you need to do so you can make your own choices.

Counselling sessions can range from short–term to long-term according to your wishes and needs, I always work in your best interest.

The next step...
If you have any questions, or would like to book a no-obligation initial session so we can meet in person, please email or call me on 0794813984

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

I graduated from Leeds Beckett University gaining a Level 6 BSc Degree in Therapeutic Counselling. I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means that I am bound and adhere to the BACP's ethical framework for good practice to work safely and in the best interest of all clients. 2020 register audit by BACP, successful in continuing to meet BACP standards and values as an ethical counsellor.

  • Level 6 BSc Degree - Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 4 (HE) Diploma in the Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Counselling Concepts

Qualifications and Training

Over 15 years experience of supporting, children, young people and adults with special educational needs and experienced, university specialist study mentor. Gambling practitioner working with problem gambling and affected others.

  • Care Plan training
  • Assessment training
  • Clinical Risk Management
  • CBT Training
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Suicide Prevention Training
  • Level 3 Child Protection & Adult Safeguarding
  • Treating Trauma training
  • Verbal de-scalation
  • Reducing the Risk Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
  • Emotions and emotional disorders training
  • Attachment in the early years
  • Starting with psychology
  • MHFA Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression
  • Safeguarding Concerns
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Safeguarding Essentials
  • Attachment
  • Emotions  and Emotional Disorders
  • How to do Counselling Online
  • Starting with Psychology
  • Making Sense of Mental Health Problems
  • MHFA Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression
  • NHS Person - Centred Experiential Therapy - Emotional Processing in Counselling for Depression
  • Leeds Centre for Psychological Development, Certificate In Working With Couples Counselling
  • Gamcare Gambling Practitioner Training
  • Certificate in Understanding Children's and Young People's Mental Health
  • Safeguarding Concerns
  • Information Handling
  • Professional Resilience Training
  • Safeguarding Essentials
  • British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy Proficiency Qualification
  • Pre-Trial Therapy Training
  • Kirklees Safeguarding Children’s Board An Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board, Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Kirklees Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Training, trained to Rape Crisis standards
  • Transgender Workshop
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Coaching Workshop
  • Drugs and Alcohol Training

I support clients with many difficulties. I am trained and experienced in therapeutic work in sexual and domestic abuse with survivors in a West Yorkshire specialised sexual and domestic abuse counselling service.  I am also trained and experienced in  addictions work and counselling children 11 plus, young people in a school counselling and well-being service and in therapeutic work with university students.  Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £50 for individual clients, couples counselling is £80.  Sessions can be booked in block sessions or we can discuss your circumstances to find the best way of working for you.

Reduced rate for students, trainee counsellors and clients on a low income/benefits, upon receipt of relevant documentation.

Please email or call me on 07948139840 to set up your initial no-obligation session.

When I work

I am flexible offering both weekday and weekend appointments.

Further information

*Flexible appointments can also be arranged to suit you.

Client  and organisation testimonials

Throughout my counselling training and career, I have supported diverse individuals and clients to change and move forward. Clients have made positive evaluations  and recommendations;

"Having suffered from BBD for most of my life, I felt ready for change. I came to Vanessa not expecting in ways I gave up on any possible progression.  Vanessa as given me the tools to deal with it. I have shifted and dealt with some exposure that I never dreamed I would ( or could) do. I also felt I could be open with Vanessa which helped in my forward positive progress".

"From the beginning of my counselling journey you have been profoundly patient and supportive. I found your professional independence and empathy to be a pivotal part of my recovery. You have listened and provided thoughtful counselling support when I needed it most. Thank you so much for all your help".

"I found 6 sessions for coping with stress have been useful. They were structured and I felt I could go at my own pace.  We measured anxiety and low mood scores frequently to get a handle on progress and the direction I was heading. Coping strategies have left me more able to face daily challenges with COVID and workplace.  Vanessa was patient and ready to listen and offer reassurance and provide useful guidance and resources that have left me stronger , and happier. I would recommend talking to Vanessa if you are feeling stressed and unhappy, you will feel the benefits afterwards".

"Vanessa has been very supportive as a therapist, being able to discuss various types of personal issues and navigate the complexities while helping to uplift my mood and self esteem. Most of our sessions were on the phone making it trickier but Vanessa helped to make these go smoother and put me at ease, Thanks"!

Excellent comments from AXXA PPP Healthcare.

“Your help has changed my life”.

“Thank you for listening and understanding - it makes sense”.

“I never thought counselling would help me understand what I need but it as, I feel much happier".

"I've taken control back of my decisions and life, it feels great".

"Brilliant, Vanessa has been fantastic, I have really enjoyed the sessions I have had, the focus that Vanessa has helped to facilitate in to my life has left me in control, leaving me in a great place in my work/life balance".

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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