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 experience, I felt compelled to better understand and support others in learning to break free from this cycle and move forwards.

After a short introductory course in Counselling to see what it was all about, 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 at Calderdale College in Halifax, during which I trained in the Person-Centred Approach. My training included a voluntary placement at St Vincent’s, a holistic charity, counselling people from some the most deprived areas of Leeds through a variety of issues. I have found this work so personally 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 issues that blight our lives and ways of working with them. To expand my knowledge I undertook further study at Leeds Metropolitan 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. I am not a fan of jargon or academic language where unnecessary and for that reason I try both in my writing and in person to avoid using any confusing psychological jargon.

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 hope feels lost, change is possible given the right environment. 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 counsellor and 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. You may also find my FAQ or Case Studies page helpful. I look forward to being a part of your journey.

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