How can counselling help?
Everyone has feelings and issues within their lives that can cause pain. Holding these thoughts and feelings can be hard, and therefore have an impact on our daily lives. This can lead to difficulties with emotions, mental and physical health, stress, anxiety and feelings of helplessness and despair.
Within a positive, empathic counselling relationship, the counselling process can offer the opportunity to explore and process thoughts and feelings, without judgement. Counselling may encourage reflection, self-awareness, and an increased ability to gain a greater understanding of self.
My approach to counselling is based on the therapeutic relationship, and the importance of relationships inside and outside of the counselling process.
Counselling sessions are based on client needs and focus upon clients utilising the skills they have themselves to create change.
I have a person-centred approach in relation to counselling, however also draw upon different theoretical perspectives, including Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Techniques.
I often use creative media with clients that may find this useful to process and express feelings and emotions.
My practice is trauma informed, understanding its potential physical and emotional impact, recognising symptoms and supporting healing.
Qualifications,Training and Experience
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
PG Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction)
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (2:1)
NVQ Level 4 Working with Parents with Multiple and Complex Needs
Counselling Children and Young People
Trauma Informed Practice
Working with Complex Trauma
SAD Events Bereavement
ASIST; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Working with Self-Harm
Working with Young People and Anxiety
Working with Psychosis
Understanding Personality Disorder
Nurturing Programme for Parents
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Young People
Understanding Multiple Needs As Experienced by Women
Stress in Infants and Brain Development
CAMHS Understanding ADHD
LSCP Safeguarding Children
Designated Child Protection Officer
Substance and Alcohol Misuse
Use of Therapeutic Self and Countertransference
I have experience of counselling both adults and young people. In addition, over the past ten years, I have worked directly with children and families, highlighting this as a specialist area.
I have offered counselling to children and young people aged 5-24 years, and adults, within a range of therapeutic settings. These include schools, alternative education provision, charities, orphanages and hospitals.
I have delivered counselling for agencies such as Barca Leeds and Huddersfield Women’s Centre. Alongside private practice, I currently work with young people in education settings and through charities (The Marketplace, Leeds), offering counselling and emotional wellbeing support. These experiences have given me the privilege of working with individuals of different ages, genders, with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and life experiences.
I work with children, young people and adults, based around individual needs. Such needs may include:
- Low mood
- Suicidal ideation
- Domestic Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Gender identity
- Sexual identity
- Substance use
- Family issues
- Physical health needs
- Learning needs
I also offer sessions for families, after individual therapeutic support. This can support improved communication, relationships and sustained positive mental health within the family unit.