My work as a Counselling Psychotherapist addresses the needs of a wide diversity of people and I am able to provide support to adults, younger adults and children (from eleven years of age upwards). Through my practice I offer both short-term and long-term counselling depending on the specific needs of the individual, ranging from short-term solution-based coping strategies incorporating elements of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to longer-term Person-Centred counselling.
I provide people in need of counselling support with the necessary help to enable constructive shifts in their situations and to facilitate positive changes in their lives. My training and professional focus is upon offering clients a humanistic, Person-Centred approach to counselling. This means a significant emphasis is placed on the therapeutic relationship whereby you, the client, can feel safe, supported and understood and, therefore, begin to explore and talk about the issues that are impacting on you during this stage in your life, secure in the knowledge that you are being heard by an empathic, compassionate and ethical professional.
While working as a Counselling Psychotherapist at the Pathways Families in Crisis Centre I provided successful counselling support to clients who had experienced domestic abuse, trauma, anxiety, relationship breakdowns, depression and addictions. Alongside my private practice I am currently employed as a Counselling Psychotherapist at The Market Place, Leeds, where I counsel young adults and children who are experiencing emotional distress, also incorporating creative and solution-based therapeutic counselling methods when appropriate. I have supported many young people in crisis to successfully work through a range of challenging issues.
Art therapy and the field of creativity formed a significant part of my undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and continues to be an ongoing interest of mine. After completing my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in fine art practice at the University of Leeds I worked at Leeds Arts University offering support to students living with autism and dementia. My experience in art as a means to therapeutic gain enables me to invite all my clients (who may wish to do so) opportunities to explore, create and share therapeutic approaches using creative materials in our sessions.
I have successfully worked in private practice for many years working with a diverse range of clients from all backgrounds. My role as an NHS Clinician based at Mind Mate Spa has also informed my knowledge and experience in relation to supporting people living with mental health challenges.
A rigorous ethical approach upheld by sanctioned professional standards underpins every aspect of my work as a Counselling Psychotherapist accredited by The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
My standard charge per therapeutic session is £45 and I also offer reduced cost counselling for people on low incomes and for student counsellors.
My therapeutic practice is focused upon providing an individualised approach to psychotherapy and counselling.
I have benefited from accessing extensive training (which is continually updated on an ongoing professional basis) around working with younger adults and children—from eleven years of age upwards—in short-term and long-term counselling. I have substantial practical experience in this specialist field.
My training has also included working with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma.
The list below is not exhaustive, but I have supported clients in progressing through
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours
- Relationship Breakdowns
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – York Learning
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
- Masters Degree in Fine Art Practice (with a focus on art as a form of therapeutic gain) – The University of Leeds
- BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice – The University of Leeds