- PgDip Psychotherapy & Counselling
- Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
- Professional bodies:
- What I help people with:
(in order of expertise)
- Hearing Voices
- Postnatal Depression
- Sexual Abuse
- Abuse & Neglect
- Dissociative Disorders
- Therapy types I offer: (in order of most commonly practised)
- Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
- PgDip Psychotherapy & Counselling
- Recommend me:
- My availability
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How I can help you
Does it sometimes feel like everything is foggy or far away, or do you instead feel that things are in too sharp a focus?
Maybe it feels like other people are all strangers, or that you're a stranger yourself. Do your dreams feel more real than real life, or perhaps you don't dream at all. Are you aware of your inner child, or do you feel like you've always been an adult. Maybe there are parts of you that want one thing, and parts of you saying something else.
Therapy is a space to explore what is going on for you.
What to expect
Expect that you will be listened to and respected. Expect that you will be heard without judgement.
Expect to find a growing sense of safety to work on what it is you’re wanting from therapy.
Expect that you'll feel pretty tired after a session, that you might feel worse before you feel better. Know that you won't have to talk about anything you don't want to talk about. You'll find some things are easier to talk about than you thought, and that some take you by surprise by being more difficult to talk about than you realised. That's ok. Some things will improve, and some things will stay frustratingly uncertain. This is all part of the work. And expect that one day you'll want therapy more than you need it, rather than needing therapy more than you want it (that's the Nanny McPhee moment).
What will it cost?
Sessions delivered through PlusGuidance are charged at the standard PlusGuidance rates. I also provide counselling online via VSee, and in person in Leeds LS6 - details and rates are available at leedscounselling.com.
1. Therapy has an emotional cost as well as a financial cost, which can be really hard when some of the reasons for needing therapy are not your fault, but you still end up paying for it, financially and emotionally. Carolyn Spring wrote a book called 'recovery is my best revenge'. Therapy can be a time to invest in your recovery - it's hard but worth it.
2. If someone else is paying, I am not accountable to them for how you use their money: I'm accountable to you, because you're the one who's really buying in to the work in an emotional sense. This can be complicated, but please be assured that I will keep your confidentiality, and that you're the client I'm working for.
How long will I need, and how will I know?
Some people come for a few sessions, a few months, a year or several years. Sometimes people come for a while, and then take a break until they're ready to go again. We will make a plan together, and we can review as often as we need to.
Are there any rules?
Not as many as you might think :) Sessions are confidential, they last for 50 minutes, and we always finish on time (see below).
Other than that, you can say absolutely anything. There is no need to to be polite, to talk posh (or pretend not to be posh!), or to avoid swearing. You are free to express yourself. If you want to cry you can, if you don't want to then there's no expectation that you should. You don't need to keep talking - silence is ok if that's what helps.
Sessions are confidential: I do not discuss what you bring to therapy with anyone else.
The only time I will break confidentiality is if I feel that you or someone else is at significant risk, and I will always discuss it with you first. The example I use with children is that if you told me a dragon was going to eat your house this afternoon, we would need to think together about what would help, and what was the best way of keeping the people in the house safe: It wouldn't be very helpful to anyone (except the dragon, and probably not even them) if I said I would keep that confidential.
Also, every counsellor and psychotherapist has regular clinical supervision. I discuss some of my cases with my clinical supervisor each month, and I use first names only, minimising identifying information. Please ask if you would like to know more about this.
A session of therapy lasts 50 minutes. If you begin the session late, we will still finish at the original planned time.
If you're having therapy in person, then we leave the room as we found it. It's fine, if you would like to, to move the chairs, get out all 200 plastic figures and animals, or lie on the floor. We would work together to allow enough time to get the room back to how it was. There is a range of creative materials: a sand tray, a large cuddly toy horse, some lego, cars, playdough, art materials, postcards, puppets, anatomically correct dolls, soft toys and therapeutic conversation-starting Jenga.
Please also see my website www.leedscounselling.com for further details. Free initial consultations and sessions can also be booked and/or paid for there, at different rates to PlusGuidance.
REGULAR AVAILABILITY DAYTIME TUESDAY AND FRIDAY ONLY; ALSO MONDAY EVENING FOR SUPERVISION ONLY.
Training and Experience:
I am a Registered Member of the BACP. My registration number is 099935.
I have been practising therapy for 6 years, and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from the University of Leeds. I am experienced in delivering short and long-term counselling and therapy to people of all ages, online and in person.
I trained to offer clinical supervision to individuals and groups at the University of Strathclyde. I am experienced in supervising other counsellors' work with children, young people and adults, and I welcome new supervisees and invitation to supervise groups, in person and online.
I have undertaken the ESTD/First Person Plural Foundation and Post-Foundation training in Dissociation and Trauma, and am qualified to screen for and diagnose dissociative disorders.
I have a range of training in creative ways of working therapeutically with children and adults, and working with anger, suicidality and self-harm and dreams.
I am a member of the ISST-D, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and I support PODS, Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors.