Life is full of difficulties and mostly we manage, but sometimes we have problems or experience feelings which cause us longer lasting distress and we find it difficult to cope. Sometimes it is helpful to talk things over confidentially with an independent professional counsellor who is trained neither to judge nor give advice, but to help you gain clarity & look forward with hope and optimism. As you make sense of how you are feeling it becomes easier to make changes in your life- if that is what you wish to do.

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I have previously worked at a local NHS Hospital as a Staff Counsellor. I have a successful private practice working for corporate companies and individuals. I am also a fully qualified Supervisor to other counsellors/psychotherapists. I have six years’ experience of GP referrals within the NHS as well as privately referred clients and trauma work. I have worked for Cruse Bereavement and Education Leeds as a child mentor.

My previous work experience is in business, I worked in marketing and advertising for 18 years prior to changing careers. I therefore understand corporate environments and the pressures for those who work within them.

I have been awarded ‘Accredited’ status as a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. The BACP describe Accredited Counsellors as the Gold Standard. They are confident that I know what I am doing. I have demonstrated to them through case studies, theoretical and self-awareness dissertations my ability, as well as having proven hundreds of hours of real time client work, which has been verified by a senior supervisor.

My qualifications

I graduated from Leeds University with a Distinction in Integrated Psychotherapy and I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Bradford University. I am a qualified Supervisor of Counsellors and hold a Diploma in Supervision, to be able to Supervise other Counsellors.

How I work

Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling means I have been trained in many models of psychotherapy so I tailor the therapy for each client, I do not believe that one concept of psychotherapy suits all, how could it? We are all so very different.

I hope to provide clarity and help you cope by giving you strategies to help assist you with your issues.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an approach to understanding our thinking which drives our behaviour. Therefore the therapy would be to explore and understand our behaviour and offer alternative thinking patterns to help you change your behaviour if you require alternative outcomes.

I also hold a certificate for counselling using Transactional Analysis (TA) Theory. This is used by many managerial training courses to help us understand the dynamics of relationships and the games which are played out between individuals.

Areas of counselling I deal with:

Abuse, Affairs and Betrayals, Alcoholism, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Depression, Emotional Abuse, Family Issues, Gambling, Internet Addiction, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Physical Abuse, Relationship Issues, Self-Harm, Separation and Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Issues, Stress, Trauma, Work Related Issues.