Are you struggling with some of life's challenges? Need someone to help work through things and find a way forward? I am an empathic, warm, experienced counsellor. I offer a safe, confidential space with no judgement, where we explore together what is going on for you and what positive changes you want to make.
I can work with a wide range of issues, on a short or long term basis. I can work face to face, online or over the phone. I am available from 10.30-14.30 on weekdays and my fees are £45-£55 a session.
I work in a person centred way, which means we work at your pace on the issues you want to bring. I won't tell you what to do because I consider you to be the expert on yourself as an individual, but I will help you to work out the right strategies and ways forward for you. I am able to draw on the depth and breadth of my experience to find a smooth journey through therapy for you, using many different techniques.
I offer face to face work from a counselling room at the Brackenwood Community Association, The Highwood Building, Brackenwood Drive, Leeds, LS8 1RG. There is unfortunately a flight of stairs to this room, but please let me know if this would be a problem so that we can arrange something accessible to you.
I know how hard it can be to reach out for help and to approach a counsellor. I also believe in the importance of finding the right therapist for you. This means I offer a free initial 30 minute phone call, with no obligation, so you can see if it feels right for us to work together.
I love working creatively, and have previously worked in issue based theatre around mental health and homelessness. I also worked as a mental health advocate for 7 years, helping people have their voices heard in many different situations.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2007 with an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I worked with young people at The Market Place in Leeds for 9 years. I am BACP registered and work within their Ethical Framework.
What I Can Help With
I work with adults and young people. I have extensive experience in working with all kinds of issues which may bring people to look for counselling.
I specialise in working with people with chronic health conditions and disability. I have a genuine understanding of the emotional impact of dealing with physical health problems, invisible illness and chronic pain. I can help with issues like coming to terms with a diagnosis, dealing with the medical system, frustration and grief about physical limitations, plus the impact on your work, family and relationships.
I also have particular experience in parenting, carer and work related issues, including carer and parental burnout.
Other issues I can work with include:
Abuse, ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism, Bereavement, Body Image, Cancer, Carer related issues, Child related issues, Chronic pain, Chronic health problems, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Divorce/relationship breakdown, Energy limiting conditions, Fibromyalgia, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Impact of Covid/Long Covid, Loss, ME/Chronic fatigue syndrome , Menopause, Men's issues, Migraine, Parenting, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues.