I offer face to face counselling in two areas in Leeds, West Yorkshire - LS1 and LS16 / LS18 (Cookridge/Horsforth). I also offer telephone and remote counselling country wide.
If you decide to work with me I recommend at least 6 sessions. Each individual is different, and I have worked with people for anything between 6 sessions and for over a year. Some people get what they need quickly. For others it takes longer. Some take a break when feeling they are able to cope again and return when other life events happen; they may need extra support and time to process what is happening. Every person is different.
How it works
We sit together and you explain what is happening for you. We will unpick how things are for you, what adds to it and why that might be. We might look at family, past events and make sense of where you are at presently. When you are ready, we will shine a light on the things that seem the most unmanageable and we will face them together, safely. Sometimes people experience reoccurring feelings they do not want and cannot seem to move away from. This is something psychotherapy can offer relief from.
Friends and family will give advice and try to make you feel better but sometimes this is not enough, and we need a deeper understanding to work through our feelings and thought processes that seem to have become entrenched.
I work with longstanding issues or new life events which occur. My training is in a wide range of areas, and I am therefore able to draw on this to tailor it to you. I am an integrative, relational therapist. I do not claim to hold all the answers for your problems, but I can help you to unpick where you are at and help you work toward new perspectives and understanding. If you are experiencing difficult and frightening feelings, you will have a space to explore these with me and find some understanding and relief from what is happening to you. It is not easy, but it does works.
Therapy is a healing process.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Areas of Interest
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. I am an integrative relational therapist and work primarily from a person-centred approach but blend modalities from various fields including the Psychodynamic and Gestalt fields and tailor techniques to each individual.
Having worked in helping roles for over 20 years I draw on a wide range of experience including teaching; being a Director of a community interest group for improving mental health and working with individuals and groups around mental wellbeing. I also have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for secondary pupils and a BA Hons Degree. I have a qualification in Mindfulness (MISP) and use some techniques, if suitable with clients. I can incorporate elements of CBT in my work and TA, where appropriate.
I am especially interested in working with trauma, exploring how the mind and body respond separately, and as a whole.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Each session is 50 minutes, and I charge £50 per session.
I kindly request our sessions must be paid for in advance, or on the day. Sessions must be cancelled or rescheduled at least 24 hours in advance or you will be responsible for the full session fee.
Maybe a recent life event is changing how you are in the world. Maybe a past event needs to be worked on and understood. Maybe you do not feel yourself and are suffering with a change in mood, outlook and increased anxiety.
If you are experiencing difficult and overwhelming feelings, we can work through them together. You will have a space to find some understanding and relief from what is happening to you, without being judged.
Family and friends often try and give advice and make us feel better, but sometimes this can make things more confusing and a more open non-judgemental approach is needed. Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a different way.
You can choose from face to face, zoom or telephone counselling. I offer a safe space from where you can feel at ease to express yourself and voice what is troubling you. Together we can work on the process of coping with emotions, thoughts and understanding what is going on for you. Enabling you to live a more satisfying life.