Hello, I'm Zara and I work as a counsellor in Harrogate. I believe that everybody can hit a patch in their life when they feel they are not coping as they would like to, whether it is because of anxiety becoming over-whelming, or through depressive thoughts leaving a sense of emptiness. Sometimes people can be struggling with a recent difficult life event, or perhaps are carrying unresolved pain from childhood. Whatever the issue, I always aim to provide a supportive and warm setting, where the client can share what is distressing them; we then can work as a team to discover the best way forward.
I am originally from N.Ireland and have a particular interest in anxiety and how it affects us both emotionally and physically. A safe, confidential space in which to talk and be listened to can be the first step to a deeper, more compassionate understanding of oneself, and can start to clarify how we want life to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an HE Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a registered member of the BACP. As well as being in private practice, I also work as a part-time counsellor at The Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate. Previously, I have worked on the counselling team at Craven College in Skipton, working one-to-one with students , who were dealing with issues such as exam stress, relationship problems and family breakdown,. I have also worked at Talking Spaces in Harrogate, a counselling service in Harrogate, dealing with adults struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, domestic abuse and childhood trauma.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50.00 per 55 minute session, and can offer various times/ days of the week. I generally work on a weekly basis but am happy to offer more flexible arrangements, to suit particular client needs.