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- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
I am able to offer sessions at a variety of times during the week, including some evenings and Saturday mornings. Please enquire and I will try to find an appointment time suitable for you.
About me and my therapy practice
Life can be hard at times. We can experience loss, changes in our health, family circumstances or work life. Maybe our relationships are not fulfilling our needs and we do not know how to change things. At times, we don’t feel good about ourselves, we lose confidence in our ability to cope with life or maybe we feel impacted by past experiences or held back through feelings of anger, shame or guilt. Sometimes we don’t know what’s wrong, but we just know something isn’t right.
I will help you to explore how you feel, giving you a safe space to talk and be heard. I work in a humanistic way, which means that I have the belief that you have the capacity to find your own answers, although you are needing some help to work them out. I draw on a range of counselling and psychological theories to help me to help you find solutions to whatever is troubling you and make the changes that feel right for you.
I like to work collaboratively, and I welcome feedback about what is or isn't working for you so that you can get the most benefit from our sessions. I work with a wide range of difficulties and am happy to work with you with whatever you choose to bring to our sessions. I also welcome autistic and Asperger's clients and have additional training and experience in the area.
I hold a masters degree in counselling and post-graduate diploma in counselling both from York St John University. I do some counselling work for Open Minds Counselling Service, Doncaster and am a volunteer counsellor and trustee at 121 Counselling in York.
I am able to offer face to face, online and telephone sessions, as well as email therapy and have undertaken additional training to enable me to work in these ways. This gives you more choice over when and how our sessions take place, and may be particularly useful if you have work or caring commitments. Face to face counselling takes place in the centre of York, in easily accessible rooms. Online counselling takes place over secure video conferencing and emails are exchanged through an encrypted service. Please contact me if you would like to discuss which mode of counselling would suit you best.
All data is held securely and I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office and I adhere to GDPR regulations. I also have a current Enhanced DBS and am fully insured.
My first session
It is very important that you choose to work with a counsellor you feel comfortable with. In fact I would say it is essential because most of the benefit of therapy comes from the relationship between you and your therapist, rather than through particular techniques or types of therapy. With this in mind, I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation where we can start to get to know each other and I can answer any questions you may have.
If you decide you would like to try working with me, at our first session I will explain all about counselling and go though our counselling contract to make sure you are happy with it and want to go ahead with the session. I also will ask you a few simple questions about yourself, just to give me a bit of background and help me understand you and your difficulties better. I will then invite you to tell me something about what has brought you to counselling, and what you hope to get out of it. This will help me decide which ways of working may be most helpful to you. You are free to bring anything you want to the session, or even to be unsure where to start. The main purpose of our first session is for us to start to get to know each other and to begin to form our all important counselling relationship. I want you be able to feel you are in a safe enough place to talk about whatever is troubling you, even if it is difficult, but I recognise it takes time to build that trust in your counsellor. Hopefully, the first session will begin to put you at ease about how we will work together.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited