Experience & Training
I received my PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University in 2015 - a BACP accredited course including a minimum of 100 client hours, qualifying me to work as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
My placements were at Craven College and at Aire Valley Counselling (now AWC Counselling), for which I have continued to work ever since as a freelance counsellor.
Prior to this I completed a PG Certificate in Interpersonal & Counselling Skills from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Continuing Professional Development
I attend clinical supervision monthly to reflect on and discuss my client work. Besides being an essential element of ethical practice as a therapist, I find this a powerful resource in increasing my understanding and skill with clients and tending to my own self care.
I attend trainings, listen to podcasts and read therapy books each year to ensure the quality of my practice and to follow my areas of specialism. Some of the most impactful training courses have included:
A Practical Introduction to Focusing, Alan Tidmarsh, Accord Services, 2019
Working Therapeutically with Psychosomatics, John Hill, AWC Counselling, 2018
Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery, PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociation Survivors), 2016
Difficulties in relationships
I specialise in relationship difficulties, whether it be romantic (heterosexual or LGBT+), family, friendships or work. This includes communication problems, feeling rejected, falling out of love, anger, resentment, jealousy, affairs and betrayals, sexual difficulties, separation and divorce, parenting, postnatal depression, fertility issues, abuse, bereavement, loneliness, feeling left out, separation anxiety, being a carer, feeling emotionally drained by others, bullying, and much more.
abuse, neglect and trauma
My specialism includes past or current emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse, neglect, relational trauma and traumatic events including rape and assault.
parenting and being a carer
I can work with you on issues surrounding pregnancy, fertility, adoption, IVF, wanting a child when your partner doesn’t, miscarriage, bereavement, traumatic births or illnesses, parenting, attachment, parenting separately, children with additional needs, and more.
If you are a carer for an elderly, ill or infirm person, I can work with you on issues including grief and burn-out and support you in working on self-care.
your relationship with yourself
A crucial, life-long relationship to prioritise. We can work on self esteem, confidence, critical self-talk, self-care, empowerment, getting to know and express the real you, and more.
I am also trained and experienced in working with adult clients on a full range of difficulties including anxiety, panic, depression, low mood, loneliness, anger, bereavement, stress, low self esteem, feeling sad, health issues, health anxiety and more.
triple p Parenting
I am also an accredited provider of Triple P Positive Parenting sessions, for parents and carers of children aged 4-11.