About

If you’re considering counselling, you might like to know a little more about me first:

As someone who has previously struggled with stress, anxiety and panic attacks, I understand just how frightening and exhausting life can feel when you are struggling. At times even a walk to the local shop or picking up the phone can seem like a superhuman effort. Often we find our own way of coping helps us struggle through in the short-term but this can lead us to bigger problems, until we experience a crisis or seek support.

Knowing this from personal experience, I felt compelled to better understand and support others in learning to break free from this painful cycle and move forwards. After a short introductory course in Counselling, I quickly established a desire to learn more. I became fascinated with psychology, philosophy and how we all deal with the complications of every day life.

I went on to study Counselling at Huddersfield University, followed by a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling where I trained in the Person-Centred Approach. My training included a voluntary placement at St Vincent’s, a holistic charity in Leeds, counselling people from some the most deprived areas of Leeds through a variety of issues. I found this work so rewarding that I have continued to volunteer on a weekly basis at St Vincent’s ever since.

Building on my initial training, I was interested in broadening my understanding of the problems that blight our lives and ways of working with them. To expand my knowledge I undertook further study at Leeds Beckett University, completing a BSC in Therapeutic Counselling. I remain passionate about learning and continue to develop myself both professionally and personally. I also attend regular supervision sessions to ensure I continue to offer the best service possible.

Giving something back

I believe in giving something back and feel there are few things more rewarding than getting involved in raising funds or awareness for charity having supported Cancer Research, C.A.L.M, Help for Heroes and the NSPCC through various running events in the past few years.

If life has taught me anything thus far, it is that even when you feel completely lost, change is possible given the right support. You can become unstuck and move forwards in a way meaningful to you. Often it requires what might feel like a huge leap of faith, such as putting your trust in someone when you are at your most vulnerable.

The change you’d like may not happen over night but it can happen if you reach out. I have felt privileged to share this journey with many people and I look forward to working with many more.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a member of the BACP I am also committed to working within a code of professional ethics.

If you would like to speak to me or make a low-cost appointment to see how you feel about counselling, don’t hesitate to contact me at Support@nullPhilhaighcounselling.co.uk.  If you’re not yet ready to take that first step, you may find my FAQ or Case Studies page helpful.

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