Psychotherapy and Counselling Service
I am a Psychotherapist in York registered in 2000 with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and accredited in 1991 as a Counsellor with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I offer short and long term psychotherapy, counselling and supervision.
I have been working in private practice as a Psychotherapist for 12 years and as a Counsellor for 22 years.
I see clients from all walks of life and all backgrounds. Emotional distress, stress and mental health issues can effect any and all of us. Each year one in four adults will experience a mild to moderate mental health problem. This can be the result of sudden unexpected events, planned transitions or from early trauma resurfacing when current life events trigger past experiences and memories. It is during these difficult times that clients may seek professional help from a counselling service or psychotherapist in order to make sense of their emotional distress. Experience demonstrates that with support it becomes possible to explore the underlying issues, find a way of resolving unfinished business allowing the person's life to move forward in a different way.
In summary, psychotherapy and counselling can help with a range of issues including but not limited to:
- Problems with anger
- Bereavement or loss
- Anxiety and phobias
- Relationship difficulties
- Traumatic events
- Low self esteem
- Personal/self development
I work with clients for varying lengths of time. Sometimes between 5-10 sessions of counselling can set a person's life on a new course, for example enabling them to deal with work related stress, anxiety or low mood in a new way. Sometimes the issue is deeper seated and reaches back into unresolved issues from the past. This may need longer term, more in-depth psychotherapy where for example there has been early trauma, loss or family breakdown.
After an initial enquiry I usually invite prospective clients to meet me for a free half hour consultation in which we can decide if we are suited to work together. This is an opportunity to answer any questions that you may have about me or about the way I work. If I am not the right therapist for you I may be able to suggest a counsellor or psychotherapist in York who can better help you. There is no requirement at the initial meeting to share a lot of detailed personal information until we have agreed a contract.
Once we have decided to work together I will then take a full and detailed history and we agree a contract, a focus for the therapy and regular review points along the way. You are free to make an ending at any time but I usually suggest that ideally we take one or two sessions to do this.
To arrange an initial meeting please either phone me on 01904 641996 or click here to e-mail. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my particular approach as a psychotherapist before we meet. I have an answer phone where you can leave a confidential message and I will aim to return your call the same day.
- I work to the UKCP and BACP codes of Ethics.
- I receive regular clinical supervision.
- I hold professional indemnity insurance.
- I have an enhanced CRB check.
- I am registered under the Data Protection Act.
- My practice is close to the city walls and within walking distance of the railway station and on the number 11 bus route.
- Supervision available (view supervision profile).
- Counselling by telephone or Skype available in certain circumstances.
I am registered as a psychotherapist with the following organisations: