Beth Hardisty joins the Tower Clinic!

YBR Counselling – Learn, Heal, Thrive
Hello and a warm welcome to YBR Counselling, my name is Beth and I set up Yellow Brick Road Counselling to help children, young people and adults who are struggling with their mental health.

Being able to communicate what’s on your mind with your loved ones is the first step to looking after your mental health. But sometimes talking about your feelings and needs can feel difficult. That’s when counselling can help. Talking in confidence to someone who is completely impartial, who’s not going to judge can help you see things a lot clearer.

Children and Young People’s Counselling
Like adults, children and young people can find expressing their feelings tough. Counselling can help a child or young person to realise that when we talk about our feelings, our fears, our worries and our frustrations they become less overwhelming, less scary and less upsetting.
I work full time as a school therapist in the Leeds area. I have worked and continue to work in various different primary and secondary schools helping children and young people with their mental health by giving them the tools to enjoy their life more. Self-confidence and self-esteem can begin to grow once a child or young person is able to ‘let go’ of what has been bothering them.

Teenagers in particular go through a lot: school workload, physical changes, the increasing pressure to be socially acceptable. All these can, on occasions, be quite overwhelming for a growing mind and body. They have questions and opinions. They want to say the big things and the little things. They need ears that listen to what matters to them. If it matters to them, it matters to me.

I have worked with a lot of teenagers and have helped them to work through a range of different issues such as anxiety, OCD, low mood, self-harm and suicide ideation to name a few.
I can also see children as young as seven. Young children who struggle to express their emotions often find counselling helps them to identify what emotion they are actually feeling through play and creative tasks as well as talking.

Adult Counselling
Counselling can be a daunting process for anyone. Being warm, respectful and friendly are at the heart of YBR Counselling, offering these core conditions in all sessions allows you to feel that your voice is being heard and that you are no longer alone.

I promise to offer you:
While giving you Responsibility.

In the words of Cheryl Richardson “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”

Issues I have helped adults with include;
Addiction, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Self Confidence, Sexual Abuse and Trauma.
A real passion of mine is helping parents connect more with their children, I can help you to understand your child better. We can work through your own childhood experiences and how that might be impacting the current relationship with your child. We can Learn, Heal and Thrive when we delve deeper into our past, we can break generational trauma patterns!

A bit about me:
I began my counselling journey back in 2014 just after my second child was born. I enrolled on the Introductory to Counselling night course and immediately became hooked on all things counselling. I went on to complete the Level 2 and Level 3 in counselling skills which led me onto the Level 4 Diploma in Counselling. As part of the diploma course I had to complete a 100-hour placement which I did at a fantastic charity in Bradford, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. While doing my Diploma I started working for Place2Be as a volunteer children’s counsellor and completed my Level 4 in Children’s Counselling. The year after that, having finished my Adult Diploma in Counselling and my Level 4 in Children’s Counselling I completed my Level 5 in Children’s Counselling with Place2Be. I worked in both primary and secondary school settings while completing my Level 5 in Children’s Counselling. After completing this I had a bit of time away from the counselling world (Covid had hit), before getting a full time job as a school therapist in Leeds. A job which I adore.

I am a registered member (MBACP) of the BACP.
I am a member of the BACP Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) division.
I am fully insured and am also registered with the ICO in regards to data protection.
I am fully DBS checked and have completed up to date safeguarding training.
I’m also a dog loving Mum to 2 children who loves travelling and walking. My favourite days are out walking with my family (including my dog Rusty).

The first session lasts 50 minutes and is £45.00
Any session after that lasts 50 minutes and is £65.00.

Discounted rate of £480 for 8 sessions, if paid in a block booking (Not including the first session).

I would recommend at least 8 sessions of counselling; this gives time for the therapeutic relationship to develop.

Sessions are paid 24 hours prior to the session, via bank transfer.

My fees take into account, room hire, supervision costs, continued professional development, insurance, ICO registration and BACP membership.

The First Session
The first session is an assessment session and will include some information and forms, including the contract and GDPR policy. This is to make sure you are fully aware of how the counselling process works and gives us time to discuss the working contract. The first session is also a time for you to ask any questions you may have.

The first session for a child or young person will include the parent, as it is very important that both parties are on board and are fully aware of how the counselling process works, particularly regarding confidentiality.

Next Steps:
If you would like to know any more information regarding anything (no question is a silly question) please do reach out to me via phone or email. I can talk through any other queries you may have. If you decide to go ahead with counselling, a referral form would be emailed across for you to complete.