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Vanessa Williams, Registered MBACP, HE Dip, BSc

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1
07948 139840 07948 139840
Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1

About me

Hi, my name is Vanessa, I am a qualified integrative counsellor. 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.

During the current pandemic and Covid 19 situation I am offering new clients telephone sessions until it is safe to return to face to face counselling. Please feel welcome to contact me if you feel telephone sessions would be helpful for you at this difficult  and uncertain time.

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, China, Japan, Italy, India, 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 clients and affected others.

  • 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 and also addictions work. Also trained and experienced in counselling children 11 plus and young people in a school counselling and well-being service.  Experienced in therapeutic work with university students.Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Member organisations


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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £40 they 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.

Concessions offered for

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

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;

"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".

West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I am flexible offering both weekday and weekend appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Vanessa Williams, Registered MBACP,  HE Dip, BSc

Vanessa Williams, Registered MBACP, HE Dip, BSc