I currently work part time at a local NHS Hospital as a Staff Counsellor. I have a private practice working for corporate companies and individuals. 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. This means 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.
I graduated from Leeds University with a distinction in Integrated Psychotherapy and I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Bradford University.
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.
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 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.
I am working as a counsellor for Leeds Counselling, seeing clients for up to two years and also as an Associate Counsellor at Leeds Metropolitan University Counselling Service. In the past I trained and worked with ChildLine as a telephone counsellor. Previously, I was a Chartered Surveyor and worked for many years dealing with land and property.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with an MA Psychotherapy & Counselling. I am working towards British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accreditation.
At the heart of my work is the therapeutic relationship I offer and develop with each client. I am non-judgemental, understanding and accepting and this helps change and healing to happen. My training and experience comes from an integrated model of therapy, based on a number of psychotherapeutic theories. This means that I listen carefully to you and seek to understand what you want from counselling, and work at a pace and in ways that are appropriate to you, your story and your problems.
We have clinics in Leeds City Centre, Ilkley and Bingley, offering daytime and evening appointments.
Everything discussed between us is strictly confidential. The only exception would be if I felt you or others were at risk of serious harm. We shall discuss this with you at our first meeting.
We work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice.