Thank you for visiting our website and my page.
It is difficult to know what to say here, as experience has taught me that finding the right therapist for you is very important. Being understood is the foundation of our work together to help support you through what ever has brought you to this point.
Sometimes life is just too much and too hard and having a safe space to talk to an open minded, non-judgemental and anonymous individual is a great start to finding some direction or clarity.
Sometimes life isn't that hard but you could do with just getting some things off your chest to help you feel lighter. I understand that tipping some thoughts and feelings out of the 'stress bucket' help to make life (or some people, or even your own self) a bit more bearable and easier to deal with.
I am yorkshire born and bred, down to earth, a realist and pragmatic but I love to research and point you in the direction of useful resources or apps if it feels appropriate to do so. I love to use the flip chart, some wallpaper and pens, personality tests, mindfulness techniques ANYTHING that feels to fit and helps you learn a bit more about you. However talking is the foundation of all our work together, never under estimate the difference talking about it can make.
Talking helps to lift weight from shoulders and can help to calm a racing mind.
Therapy may not fix everything but it can help you change direction or gain some clarity. Many of my clients have been for weekly sessions and then maintain some sanity by dipping in and out of sessions as or when they feel they need them.
Lets figure out whatever works for you.
- Over thinking - Relationships
- Stress - Self-awareness
- PMT/PMDD - Parenting worries
- Confidence - gambling problems
- Perfectionism - finding who you want to be
I began my counselling journey by undertaking counselling myself. I found myself AMAZED by the power of being heard, understood and space to be MYSELF. I became a volunteer; progressing into facilitating groupwork and eventually counselling.
I have since worked as a counsellor at Womencentre Halifax, in a doctors surgery and more recently with staff in schools and alongside Unmasked Mental Health.
I work as a counsellor for Gamcare, working with problem gambling related issues and offering support to those affected.
I work alongside the team at Unmasked Mental Health as one of the counselling coordinators (alongside my colleague Shirley) developing a low cost counselling service and offering placements to student counsellors.
I facilitate groupwork organised and developed by the Elements team and also more recently we have been delivering these to the service users at Surestart.
Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 3 Adult and child Safeguarding
Licensed Lego Therapy facilitator
Mental Health First Aid
Working with problem gambling
I am a mum, mad as a box of frogs (according to some), moody and a lover of Red wine.
I am from a blended and diverse family. I function best when I'm busy as I can be an excessive over thinker, nail biter and skin picker - I've learnt and continue to learn techniques to deal with these.
Step mum, step sister, half sister, daughter, grand daughter, cousin, best friend, absent friend, flakey friend...
Qualified counsellor and a bloody good cleaner but absolutely shocking when it comes to admin. The outdoors is my haven but I struggle with cold Yorkshire temperatures, however a good friend once told me "there's no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothing.” I love to walk, talk and eat. Reading, deep water, the occasional horse ride and currently TikTok is my thing!
"Just wanted to drop a message to say Thank you. Since we last spoke I've turned a huge corner mentally and emotionally. I've put everything in its place and rationalised this year's events. Talking to you has made me realise I'm not a bad person and to release all my guilt. I'm fitter than I've been for a long time, sub 24 min 5km runs, and loving the gym. I live for the here and now and not next week or next month. I'm sleeping for queen and country, no panic attacks and I can cancel out all negative thoughts. And financially it's the most stable I've been for nigh on 8 years.
Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart. What you do is truly special and a credit to you.
Many thanks again."