Welcome to all Adults and Couples...........
As a Counsellor in Shipley and Psychotherapist in Bradford and Leeds, I've provided Counselling & Psychotherapy for adults for over 20 years and I'm really passionate about my role, because I know how life transforming it can be; I've had the privilege over these years in helping others change their outlook, perspective, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, helping them become their best version of themself.
As well as working with individual adults, I'm also a Couples Counsellor in Shipley and Ilkley and Relationship Psychotherapist in Bradford and Leeds.
Couples Counselling, Couples Therapy or Relationship Psychotherapy is a specialism and specialist training and knowledge is required to help you, so I am specifically training as a Couples Psychotherapist, which enables me to help you in a more professional and in-depth capacity. This study, along with being a BACP accredited Couples Counsellor and some years of experience, ensures I can give your relationship the help it deserves.
I am trained to work with heterosexual, same-sex, polyamorous and those in open relationships, all are welcome.
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Counselling , Psychotherapy & Supervision
Over these many years of experience and training in different theoretical ways of working, I have learnt it's really important to explore and understand the root cause of a symptom, to help your symptom reduce and disappear in the longer term.
Symptoms can show up in the form of; anxiety (excess fear/stress/worry), depression, addictions (reliance on a substance or activity), relationship difficulties, self-harm, anger, unexplained physical symptoms/illness, PTSD to name a few. These symptoms are your body's way of informing you there's a much deeper emotional issue (or wound) from your past needing attention.
I have trained in the most up-to-date ways of understanding and treating Childhood Trauma including Neuroscience and Somatic Approaches (how are body's show symptoms of past unresolved experiences) and for those of you interested in the other theoretical approaches I draw upon in my work with you are mainly; Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, Transactional Analysis.
I will work with you to be curious about what you're experiencing and why, to help you reduce your symptoms and recover for good in the longer term, not a short-term fix.
I'd love to work with you if your keen to work in this way or at least curious to learn more, and I offer a free 15 minute zoom meet, telephone call or meet at the office if you'd like to find out more. Alternatively, I invite you to book your first appointment so we can get started on your road to an increased self-awareness and understanding about you and how you improve in the longer term.
My fee is £80, which reflects my many years of experience and level of qualifications.
Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy
You may be reaching out for couples therapy for various reasons; your feelings have changed, you're stuck in unhealthy patterns of relating to each other, there's been a betrayal (infidelity, financial etc), distrust or intimacy/sex isn't the same, to name a few.
As with my individual clients, my extensive training has taught me that thorough exploration and understanding of your symptoms is necessary to be able to help you overcome your difficulties in the longer term rather than offering you a short-term solution. I do this in your first two 75-minute appointments. We will explore your individual pasts including childhood relationships and experiences, present issues in your relationship and what future relationship you'd like to aim for.
The theoretical approaches I draw upon in my work are mainly; Trauma Informed Approach, Attachment Theory, Developmental model (Bader & Pearson), Transactional Analysis, Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic
I can help you both if you're curious to understand what you're experiencing and why, to work hard in creating change within you as an individual and within the relationship.
I'd love to work with you both if you're keen to work in this way or at least curious to learn more, and I offer a free 15 minute zoom meet or meet at the office if you'd like to ask any questions. Alternatively, I invite you to book your first 75 minute appointment where we can explore your relationship, from what brings you to what you want to achieve.
My fee is £100, which reflects many years experience and level of qualifications
Prior to my training, I began engaging in my own long-term therapy, which led me to this career path. This in-depth personal development, along with being highly qualified, having over 20 years experience, being BACP accredited and engaging in quality monthly supervision, ensures I work with you ethically and professionally.
Outside of work, I enjoy daily long hikes in the countryside with my dog, yoga, gardening and animal conservation, which helps keep my mental and physical health in check.
Since 1999, I've been training and working in West Yorkshire. I've worked for many years in the NHS as a Staff Counsellor and Adult Mental Health Therapist, and in the last 18 years in Private Practice.
Continuing Professional Development 2020/2021