Sometimes unwanted feelings, bad memories or life stresses become too much to bear and we look for someone to help us get through these difficult times. Sometimes troubling behaviour patterns or difficult memories won’t go away.
Too often people don’t want to burden friends or family with their feelings or may not feel able to share difficult thoughts with them. I’m here to help you find your way through these difficulties.
I have indicated the personal problem areas that I have direct experience helping clients work through as a guide to people looking for a counsellor. I work with the whole person before me so don’t apply labels to their problems, so you may not find a label that applies specifically to your sense of what is wrong. You bring what you need to work with to the session, I don’t direct what we explore together.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Ethical Framework, and am working towards Accreditation. I came to counselling through my work as an animal behaviourist and taking a short course on counselling skills at my local College to improve my communication skills with pet owners. I found that I really enjoyed working with people too.
My previous work experience includes work in both industry and community organisations. My counselling qualifications and experience include:
- Diploma (HE) Personcentred counselling and human relations, Bradford College
- Awareness in Bereavement Counselling, Cruse
- Certificate (HE) Counselling skills, Keighley College
I have worked as a counsellor with many people bringing a wide range of personal issues to therapy including bereavement, relationship problems, domestic violence, parenting problems, low selfesteem, bullying, anger, depression and anxieties. I was a bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care and worked at Aura Therapy and Counselling in Keighley and Sure Start Counselling in Calderdale.
I am a science graduate, working as a research technician in Cambridge and Leeds before moving to roles as MP’s case worker and community development worker. I am married with a grown up son.