- Phone number
- 07932 549434
- Flexible hours available
Covid-19 Whilst working from home I can be more flexible, please enquire. I offer daytime hours, I do not work evenings and weekends.
About me and my therapy practice
I am now working from home via Zoom, WhatsApp and telephone.I am also willing to discuss outside/walking therapy on an individual basis.
Deciding which therapist and approach is right for you can seem a daunting task, especially when you might be feeling stressed, anxious or vulnerable.
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Relate certified counsellor with over 27 years experience.
The key to successful therapy is that client and counsellor are able to connect with each other. Counselling is about relationships: your relationships with family, friends and colleagues and yourself, and your therapeutic relationship with your counsellor. I work in partnership alongside my clients, exploring their difficulties and helping them achieve the outcomes from counselling that we have mutually agreed would be beneficial.
Relate used the Relational Model which is my core theoretical approach. The Relational Model is an integrative model, which believes that 'Relations between people are the basis of social and individual life and relational concepts are used to understand human life in all its complexity'. The relationship is of major importance in counselling; early relationships are at the heart of what is happening for us in the present, 'here and now', and affect how we behave, think and feel. The relationship between client and counsellor will reflect issues in early or current relationships that are also happening for the client outside the counselling room. In counselling those issues can be explored therapeutically in the safety of the counselling room.
I usually work from the Tower Clinic in Cookridge, Leeds 16 which offers secure and comfortable counselling rooms with a waiting room and off road parking.
My first session
What happens in the sessions?
Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore and understand the source of your difficulties at your own pace, with time to think and reflect. Counselling involves exploring, understanding and deciding what, if anything, to do about a particular issue. Counselling helps you to look at aspects of your life, relationships and yourself which you may not have been aware of, or been able to face before.
First sessions focus on exploring the difficulties you are bringing. Sometimes hearing yourself telling your story to an attentive listener, who asks questions to gain a deeper understanding, can be very helpful. People describe a sense of relief and of feeling a 'weight has been lifted' when they can speak of matters they may have been keeping to themselves for a long time. We can discuss what your needs are and what you want to gain from counselling. We can decide if we want to work together and make a counselling agreement.
What I can help with
ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, EAP, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited