Vanessa Williams MBACP, Dip, BSc
Feeling lost, confused or struggling? We all have our own map, I provide therapeutic support to help you find the direction you wish your life to take. I support clients to overcome a wide range of concerns and empower them with the skills to maintain happier more fulfilled lives.
Hello, my name is Vanessa, I am a qualified integrative counsellor, I offer counselling in Wakefield and West Yorkshire. I am passionate about supporting others. I work with children from 11 years old, young people and adults who need help with a wide range of difficulties, experiences and life stages.
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.
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 clients.
I also work at Headspace an independent centre of excellence providing counselling and psychotherapy and NECA as a gambling counsellor. Experienced in therapeutic work in sexual and domestic abuse with survivors in a West Yorkshire specialised sexual and domestic abuse counselling service. Experienced in supporting children and young people from the age of 11 upwards in a school counselling and well-being service. Enhanced DBS Certificate.
Qualified and skilled, many years experience of successfully supporting children, young people and adults with complex difficulties and disabilities to achieve and progress in their education.
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.
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. I will explain the different approaches before we use them in our work together and you can decide if they will be helpful for you. I help clients discover new ways of understanding problem areas. Upon the platform of better understanding, which helps clients to build and utilize strategies and tools, which can enable them to deal with and overcome problematic issues in more effective and lasting ways.
What I want to offer you as your counsellor
Empathy, 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. I will not direct and tell you what is best for you, together we can work out what you need to do so you can make your own choices.
Making sense of your world can be difficult. I will provide you with support throughout the counselling process so you can find your own solutions to your concerns and issues.
Counselling sessions can range from short–term to long-term according to your wishes and needs, I always work in your best interest.
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 07806 788564.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 6 BSc Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 (HE) Diploma in the Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Counselling Concepts
Qualifications and Training
- Gamcare Gambling Practitioner Training
- Professional Resilience Training
- Kirklees College 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
- Kirklees College Transgender Workshop
- Kirklees College Coaching Workshop
- Kirklees Council Drugs and Alcohol Training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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 07806 788564 to set up your initial no-obligation session.
I am currently available:
*Flexible, evening and weekend appointments can also be arranged to suit you.
Throughout my counselling training and career, I have supported diverse individuals and clients to change and move forward. Clients have made positive evaluations of my practice and commented:
“Your help has changed my life”.
“Thank you for listening and understanding - it makes sense”.
“Vanessa has guided me to see the strength in me”.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am flexible and offer week end appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|