MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
Pg Dip Applied Psychology
BSc Hons Psychology
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Human Equine Alliance and Learning (HEAL) accredited Facilitator
Choosing a therapist or counsellor can be a difficult and confusing process so, if you have any questions you can contact me confidentially either by email or by phone.
My phones are usually on silent so as not to interrupt a session with a client. However, they both have an answering service so leave a message, with your name, number and possible times for me to call back.
I will return your call or reply to your email within two working days.
As with many people these days, I reached a point in my life where the job I had was no longer challenging or fulfilling. So I set out on a journey of discovery, both academic and personal, which has been demanding and challenging at times, but which also has the great reward of being able to witness and be a part of the healing journey that others are making. Sometimes the way can be deeply troubling and emotionally painful for people, but there is also healing, peace, comfort, joy and new beginnings to be discovered and experienced.
I am constantly reminded of our amazing ability to heal from the pain and distress that is so often part of life.
Along the way I have gathered academic qualifications in counseling and psychotherapy and additional training which includes Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also have experience of working in a variety of settings with many different people and issues.
I began with voluntary work for Cruse Bereavement Care where I saw many people who were facing the pain of loss, whether that was through natural causes or some kind of traumatic event. During my time with Cruse I worked as a bereavement support worker, a member of the Crisis team, bereavement support group facilitator and as a supervisor.
This was followed by several years working in NHS adult psychology departments where I met people who were facing difficulties such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), abuse, childhood trauma, relationship difficulties and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When I started up in private practice I also worked part time in a therapeutic community that provides long-term residential support and therapy for adults with severe emotional disorders.
On many occasions I have provided on-site counselling support to employees following a Critical Incident. These are typically traumatic events such as armed robberies, serious accidents at work and sudden, unexpected death.
I have now been in private practice for more than 12 years. My office-based sessions are held in the attractive setting of Queen Square in Leeds city centre. My rooms are comfortable, confidential and quiet. Equine facilitated sessions are held at a riding school in Bramhope, whenever possible these are outside so that nature itself contributes to the therapeutic process.
\Queen Square is easily accessible by car and public transport. There are 3 car parks within a 2 minute walk, the train station is about a 12 minute walk away and there are many bus stops within easy reach.
Parking is available at the riding school in Bramhope. The X84 bus stops in Bramhope and then there is about a 20 minute walk to the farm.
Who I work with:
I work with individuals, couples and occasionally groups. The work is either short or long term depending on the client's needs.
Once we've agreed a mutually convenient appointment, your first session is an opportunity to meet me, to answer any remaining questions you have about counselling and for you to begin speaking about what brings you to counselling. We may also discuss practical issues such as the frequency of sessions, the number of sessions and the method of payment. During this session we will start building a relationship of trust and safety that is an important part of the work.
In subsequent sessions my role is to listen to you and to respond in ways that help move you towards resolution and healing. All sessions are confidential.
I am committed to high standards of professional and ethical practice.
After completing a psychology degree I studied counselling and then integrative psychotherapy.
In addition, I have training in:
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR please see below)
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP please see below)
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Individual office based sessions of 60 minutes in Queen Square are £50
Equine facilitated sessions of 90 minutes in Bramhope are £90
Payment is by cash or cheque per session
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR):
EMDR is a recognised therapy recommended on the NICE guidelines and by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for treatment of trauma and there are a large number of research studies showing its effectiveness. Although originally developed to help resolution of major trauma it is now widely used for many different problems, including anxiety, depression and loss.
I have been an accredited EMDR practitioner since 2005 and have found it to be a very valuable approach with many clients.
You can also find more general information by visiting the EMDR UK & Ireland website.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy:
Essentially this is a therapy session outdoors, weather permitting, with a horse and a human therapist. Through spending time and working with the horse you can learn about yourself, your relationships and experience deep emotional healing. You don't need any horsemanship skills prior to starting the sessions and all the work is done with your feet firmly on the ground.
I have been trained by Leigh Shambo of HEAL (Human Equine Alliance and Learning) in Washington, USA. Leigh has developed a way of working with the horses that is supported by research evidence. If you would like to know more about this form of therapy then why not visit the HEAL website, www.humanequinealliance.org.