Relational Counselling and Therapy for Couples and Individuals
Relate qualified Counsellor based in Wakefield and Video/Phone
Face to Face Office-based sessions (Covid preventive) and Online Sessions via Zoom or VSee
Covid update 19/7/21 A mask is still a requirement in the public areas of the building, this is a requirement of the building owner.
It is not necessary to wear a mask in the session, it is still necessary to:
Not attend the office and move to an online session if you or anyone in your immediate household has Covid symptoms or you are 'pinged' by the NHS to self-isolate.
Hand gel is still a requirement, it is available in the building and in the counselling room.
Clients are still restricted to their own drinks/tissues which they need to take away with them afterwards
It is now possible to sign a form in the office, please bring a pen, forms can still be emailed if preferred.
I am an experienced Counsellor working with Couples and Individuals and Families in Wakefield and from around the region.
I have now returned to office based sessions from a new base in Horbury, Wakefield .
Wakefield is ideally placed, close to the M1 Junction 40 and M62 interchange at Junction 29/42, for easy access from Leeds, Barnsley, Dewsbury, Huddersfield and further afield.
I have twenty years experience as a counsellor and therapeutic practitioner, and ten years and over 4000 hours experience as a Couples Counsellor The quality of relationship I build with clients is of great value to me, to be invited into your private world is a great privilege.
I know from my life experience what it's like to experience stress and setbacks in life and how much counselling can help to deal with the emotional pain and move forward feeling restored and safer in the world. Some extra insight into how we create our life, some sense of sorting things out, some empowerment to make positive changes for ourselves, is useful for many people at different stages in their life.
Covid lockdowns may be over, but the virus is still here and the effects on us as individuals and families is still strong and have given everyone a jolt, either from the effects of being cooped up 24/7, exhausted from trying to transfer your job to your kitchen table or being at work on the front line. The intensity and fear from Covid has produced more community spirit in many ways, but also a greater sense of personal loneliness and disconnection; especially where bereavement is involved or the pressures of isolation fracture relationships. Many people now report a sense of fear of being back in society, fear of the crowds, or knowing what to say, or having forgotten how inhibited they feel in group situations. Counselling can help, either to process how awful it all was, or in a coaching way to help you get back out there in the flow.
My therapy is tailored to you and your needs, every person has different challenges. Sessions can be 'face to face' in my office, online via video link, or by telephone.
> counselling for individuals and couples - without a restrictive contract on attendance, we agree how it will work. I usually see clients weekly, this may not be possible for everyone, some clients want fortnightly appointments, especially if they are travelling a long way.
> if you are in a couple and your partner does not want to attend initially then its ok to come alone, your partner maybe will join when they see the benefits.
> one off support sessions
> special offer of 6 sessions for the cost of 5 for those who can commit to a course of sessions
I aim to provide an initial session of counselling within a week, or less if you are flexible on times, and ongoing sessions within another week or so for daytime appointments, evening sessions may be a couple of weeks. You are in charge of when you attend, it doesn't have to be the same time each week, or even every week. You can also take a mix of office and video appointments to suit you.
After your initial session you may want to take some time to consider your next step, it is not necessary to make another booking straight away, you may need time to think about taking the next step to make the changes you want to make.
I offer counselling services by webcam, phone, face-to-face, or a mixture of these to suit your needs. My new office base in Horbury, Wakefield is easily accessible from the M1/M62 corridor, counselling clients travel from around the region including Wakefield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Leeds and Pontefract.
I've moved to a larger location with better parking, and smaller public access to help restrict the opportunities for Covid to circulate. See how I'm handling a safe environment at the bottom of this page.
Sessions are during the morning and early afternoon, and the evening, Further details on the calendar page click here
Keeping safe during COVID 19
Update 14.5.21 - surges in Selby, Bolton and the North West.
Please take online sessions if you are travelling from or work in a surge area.
My office space offers a Covid19 preventative environment.
Sanitiser use is mandatory on entering the building and entering my office if doors have been touched - you can bring your own if you prefer.
A mask/facecovering is required in the public areas of the building.
Seating will be at least 2m distance between the clients and myself.
Tissues and water - please bring your own.
Please wear warm clothing/layers - the room is heated, the windows will be widely opened between sessions to ventilate thoroughly so there might be a chill at the beginning of the session until the temperature stabilises.
Please avoid creating touch points in the room.
If you like to take notes please bring your own pen and paper.
Please take home anything you use in the session.
Do not attend any session if you have any symptoms of Covid19.
If you are recovering from Covid19 please do not attend in person until you have at least one negative test. - Video sessions can be held once you are over the worst but still unable to travel to me.
What I will do:
Sanitise chairs and touch points between every use, and increase ventilation between sessions.
Wear a mask in the public areas.
Wear a visor in the session at your request. I am fully vaccinated.
Not touch you or your belongings.
Ask you to agree that, should an outbreak be recorded in the building, I can contact you outside the session to let you know about this.
My office in Horbury, Wakefield attracts clients from the whole of Yorkshire and beyond
My work as a face to face counsellor ranges over the geographical areas of Wakefield and the Five Towns, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Pontefract, Leeds and further afield to York, Harrogate, Wetherby and Selby.
See my location in Horbury
By webcam I have welcomed people from London, the South East, North West and Leicestershire. Clients are welcome from any part of the UK and further afield. For people living in high-end locations, therapy from Yorkshire is extremely cost effective!
For clients who are abroad, I need you to have: a British address and be paying from a British Bank. This is to meet regulatory requirements.
If you are in the US, it is your responsibility to check that my qualification is legitimate in your State.