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Coronavirus Update (updated 19/7/21)

As well as offering online sessions via Zoom, I have resumed face to face counselling sessions.

For further information and to read my coronavirus agreement please see my coronavirus update page.

There are many ways counselling can help you to deal with difficult situations or issues.

Increasing self-awareness may allow you to become an observer of your own life and help you make sense of the past and your current life.

You may notice how your thoughts influence your life and in turn shape your mood and life. Your emotions may become more manageable and your relationship with yourself and others more meaningful.

Counselling can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression, allowing these to become more manageable.

It can also allow you to explore and process the difficult emotions associated with grief and loss.

According to the BACP Public Attitudes Survey 2014 1 in 4 people have had counselling. The previous survey carried out by the BACP in 2010 saw 1 in 5 people accessing counselling. This shows a significant increase of 20%.

The first session will be a chance to discuss if counselling is right for you. This will help you explore and clarify your reasons for seeking counselling and any expectations you may have.

We will discuss our contract which will include confidentiality, fees, boundaries and how we might work together.

Counselling sessions are face to face or online (via Zoom) and last for 1 hour.

Adult/Adolescent sessions £45, students £35.

Payment can be made by debit/credit card or BACS transfer. Card payments must be contactless due to coronavirus.

Payment of the first session only to be taken at the point of booking by BACS transfer. This payment will confirm your agreed appointment date and time.

You can contact me via email, text or phone to book your first appointment.

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Monday 08:00 - 12:00, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 - 21:00 for face to face and online counselling sessions.

Locations
Therapy works best if you can commit to weekly or fortnightly sessions. If you are unable to commit to regular sessions, then I am happy to discuss other options with you to meet your individual needs.
The number of sessions varies enormously and depends on what issues you bring. We will discuss this at your first session and review regularly.
I would appreciate you letting me know as soon as you can if you are unable to make one of your sessions. Sessions that are cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice are respectfully charged in full unless there are extenuating circumstances.

I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This can be verified on the BACP Register.

The terms of membership stipulate that I abide by their Ethical Framework and demonstrates my fitness to practice.

Counselling sessions are confidential unless you become a danger to yourself or others. At our first session we will discuss it in more detail, where I will explain the exceptions to this.

It can be confusing when seeking counselling as there are a variety of therapeutic approaches. Some short-term therapies focus on problem resolution and symptom elimination. Such approaches deal with the here and now symptoms, often providing temporary relief.

If you would like to identify the root cause of your problem, which goes beyond eliminating symptoms, then psychodynamic counselling can help, which tends to be longer term.

As a psychodynamic counsellor great emphasis is placed on our formative experiences, starting in childhood. By exploring these behaviours and ways of relating, this process can help you be more consciously aware of where and why these behaviours were formed. Having increased self-awareness empowers you to consciously adapt your behaviour and ways of relating. This in turn can give you more control over your life and help with difficult emotions.

You can read a more in-depth explanation of psychodynamic counselling here.

The aim of counselling is ultimately to enable you to better navigate your life and relationships, as well as making more positive choices. Working together will help to reveal how and why you form the judgements and make the decisions you do, rather than me telling you what to do. Consequently, you will come to rely on your own judgement. This process will help you look at your situation from a different perspective.

I provide online counselling (via Zoom) and face to face counselling in Leeds at this convenient wellbeing centre.

  • The Therapy Room, North Lodge, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley
Locations
I am able to offer an accessible room on Thursdays. Please make me aware at the time of booking about any specific requirements you may have.

Sometimes you may feel like you require extra support between sessions. There are a variety of services available, some of which offer help 24 hours a day.

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