I Provide Warmth with Intelligent Professionlism
I have been trained in Person Centred Counselling since 1993, Solution Focused Therapy since 2006 and since 2007 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I specialise in CBT to provide a professional and confidential counselling service near Keighley (BD21), Bingley (BD16) and the surrounding areas of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and East Lancashire.
I have undertaken a clinical placement as an associate Therapist at Cambridge University, where I provided support to students and staff and have also worked as a volunteer at a rape crisis and sexual abuse centre, a drug and alcohol treatment service, and the Aire Valley Counselling and Therapy Service. I have also previously been employed as a CBT therapist for the Priory Hospital.
WHAT IS CBT?
CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now. CBT can be useful for dealing with issues such as: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Drug or Alcohol Problems, Eating Disorders, Insomnia, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Post-natal depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual and Relationship Problems.
CBT sessions may consist of a number of activities, including: Coping skills, Assessments,Relaxation, Challenging certain thoughts, Thought stopping, Homework projects and Training in communication. I work with adults only (18+ years) to address a wide variety of problems using the techniques of CBT.
Get in touch
Finding the right therapist is paramount to achieving a positive outcome. I suggest an initial consultation that allows the client to discuss briefly what brought them to counselling, what they feel they need from a therapist and what they would like to achieve from the sessions. It also allows both the client and myself to establish whether we can work together to achieve the desired outcomes. My standard rate for a 50 minute session is £60.
I work from my home in Cullingworth (BD13) near Haworth (BD22) and clients regularly travel from areas such as Bradford (BD1), Bingley (BD16), Halifax (HX1/HX4), Hebden Bridge (HX7), Burnley (BB10/BB12), Colne (BB8), Ilkley (LS29), Otley (LS21), Silsden (BD20) and Skipton (BD23) to attend sessions.