I am a fully qualified Relational Counsellor, with a wide range of experience. I work in an integrative way, incorporating a range of models such as Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral and Psycho-dynamic therapies.
I can help you to explore the ways in which you relate to yourself and to others. I aim to create an atmosphere of trust and will take time to make you feel secure, providing a safe space for you to begin to talk about the challenges you may be facing in life. In addition to my generalist counselling role, I also specialise in offering much needed support for dementia families and those with the condition. I also specialise in working with children and young people. I am fully insured and DBS checked.
I hold a University Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a member of the BACP, I am required to work within a clear ethical framework and attend regular professional development training programmes. These help me to keep up to date with current legislation and the latest advances in therapeutic practice, ensuring my clients receive a high standard of service. I also have a diploma in working with children and adolescents.
I have been a therapeutic counsellor for a number of years, counselling people from all walks of life. I initially start out at a charity in the centre of Leeds that was set up to help people suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. I enabled the service to grow which lead to other vulnerable groups obtaining counselling. Seeing our service continuing to grow I decided to look at where issues generally start… in our childhood. This led me to complete a Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents. To further my experience of working with young people I work for 2 children’s charities based in West Yorkshire and Kirklees.
My experience and training has equipped me to work with individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families; to help them to overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues which may be at the root of their distress. I am able to support you to address difficult feelings and behaviours; working closely alongside you, enabling you to understand your inner conflicts and improve ways in which you relate to others. I can help you to identify new strategies to address your difficulties. You will be treated with respect and given the freedom to fully explore and express your feelings without the fear of being judged.
Counselling can be a unique experience, allowing you to feel truly listened to and understood, and also allowing you to get to know the “real you”. This can provide you with a chance to try out a new way of being; safe in the knowledge that you will receive the empathy and support you may require to help you through a difficult period in life.