My counselling practice and approach is driven by a strong ethos; I am passionate about empowering people, promoting equality and positive mental health.leeds-counselling-therapist2

I am a registered and accredited professional psychotherapist in Leeds, West Yorkshire and my practice is conveniently located in the heart of Leeds city centre.


As a counsellor I have supported people around a variety of areas, these include but are not limited to the following:

Depression
Gender & sexual identity
Self-harm
Bereavement and loss
Anxiety and stress
Anger
Self-esteem & self-image
H.I.V.
Trauma
Disassociation
Eating disorders
Sexual abuse and exploitation
Sexual violence and physical violence

Having counselled at Leeds Mind, I have supported numerous adults experiencing mental ill health and/or distress. Counselling at Bradford Counselling Services ensured that I experienced a broad range of issues across a wide age spectrum whilst my work at The Market Place Young People’s service saw me deepen my skills in supporting young people in distress. My previous work with Yorkshire Mesmac enabled me to apply and develop my knowledge in the area of gender and sexuality to support a wide mix of clients. I am also qualified in the practice of supervision and am able to provide supervisory sessions for other counsellors.

I am experienced at supporting people across all ages and in a variety of contexts. This work may be short time, mid-term or longer term-whichever works best for the you, the client. As shown in my education, experiences and training, I am constantly seeking to increase my knowledge in skills in all areas. This is so that I can be the best counsellor for you.

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Diploma in the Practice of Supervision
2017 – 2018

Certified Cyber Therapist (Online Therapy Institute)
2016 – 2017 

PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
2012 – 2014 

Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People
2014 

PG Diploma in Youth and Community Development (JNC)
2010 – 2012

Master in Gender, Sexuality and Culture
2006 – 2007

Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring
2005 – 2006

Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills
2005 – 2006

BA (Hons) Humanities and Social Studies
2001 – 2004

A Level Psychology, A Level Sociology
1997 – 2000

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The Space to Live Authentically.
Counsellors Cafe Magazine, December 2016.

We Need to Talk About Gender. 
Private Practice, Autumn Edition 2016

Dilemmas: Gender Identity and Young People, Explore the Impact of Culture.
Therapy Today, Volume 27, Issue 6, July 2016

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Trainer
Living Well Project at Yorkshire Mesmac
March 2017 – Feb 2018, Leeds, Bradford, York, Wakefield
Delivering LGBT support and awareness sessions to staff and students in educational settings.

Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Yorkshire Mesmac
March 2015 – 2017, Leeds, Bradford, York, Wakefield

Volunteer Counsellor
The Market Place Young People’s Service
January 2014 – 2016, Leeds
Supporting young people in distress.

Volunteer Counsellor
Leeds Mind
September 2013 – 2015, Leeds
Supporting adults experiencing mental health crisis and distress.

Training and Development Worker
The Blast Project at Yorkshire Mesmac
February 2013 – 2017, Leeds and Bradford

Pass it On West Yorkshire Co-ordinator (Vol)
Pass it On West Yorkshire
February 2010 – April 2013, Leeds
Alongside a colleague, I developed and delivered this project. We deliver training, consultancy and workshops in the area of gender, sexuality and culture. Sessions delivered include ‘Supporting LGBTQ Staff and Students’ and ‘Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Relationships’. Pass it On works with both professionals and young people directly.

Aimhigher / Widening Participation Co-ordinator
Grange Technology Secondary School
September 2008 – February 2013, Bradford
I delivered the ‘Aimhigher’ project which promoted opportunities and experiences for young people from working class, and all minority backgrounds, to access higher education and the professions. Additionally, I managed a team of volunteers to deliver peer education around higher education.

Connexions Worker (Vol)
Leeds Youth Offending Service
2010 – 2010, Leeds
Supporting young people to overcome personal barriers and access employment, education and training opportunities.

LGBTQ Youth Worker
GALYIC
September 2008 – December 2009, Calderdale
I supported young people who were Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or questioning their gender and sexuality.

Personal Adviser
IGEN/Connexions
January 2008 – June 2008, Leeds
I supported young people to access education, training and employment opportunities and specialised in supporting homeless and vulnerably housed young people.

Peer Education Worker (Sex and Relationships)
Stockport Council
2007 – 2008, Stockport
Here I trained up teams of young people to deliver education in the area of sex and relationships. Worked in schools and youth centers across Manchester and Stockport. Produced a workbook featuring activities around positive relationships and assertiveness. Particularly enjoyed working with young people dis-engaged from education.

Learning Support Assistant
Bury College
2007 – 2008, Bury
I supported young people with disabilities to continue their studies.

Information and Support Worker (Vol)
The Market Place
January 2005 – January 2006, Leeds
Here I gave information, advice and support to young people, particularly in the area of sexual health.

Befriender (Vol)
Barnardos
January 2004 – January 2006, Leeds
I supported a young person’s transition from care into independent living.

In Addition
Alongside what I’ve listed above I’ve also done the following:

– Worked as a learning mentor in several schools which included supporting pregnant young women to continue their education.
– Set up a regular community meet up for LGBT people around positive mental health.
– Raised awareness and tackled youth homelessness in Middlesbrough.
– Developed and facilitated a group for LGBT youth.
– Raised funds for Shelter.

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2017 

–  Priorities for Intersex People: Medical and Human Rights.
–  Gender Identity Development: Integrating psychological, biological, developmental and social processes. Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust’s GIDS (children, young people and transitioning).

2016

–  Trauma and the Brain
–  Supporting Children with Learning Difficulties
–  Safeguarding Children with Learning Difficulties from Child Sexual Exploitation.
–  Delivering Effective Training.
–  BAGIS 2016 (British Association of Gender Identity Specialists) Two day conference).

2015

–  Supporting gender-variant children and trans-adolescents
–  Supporting children experiencing sexual violence through court
–  Yorkshire CSE conference

2014

–  Bereavement support for young people
–  Counselling children and young people
–  Autism and related problems
–  Autism spectrum issues
–  Flashbacks, trauma and bullying
–  Certificate in personal coaching event
–  Mental health awareness training

2013

–  Awareness of child abuse and neglect
–  Not Just Our Daughter – supporting male victims of Child Sexual Exploitation.
–  Safeguarding children from abuse by sexual exploitation V2
–  Awareness of Domestic violence including impact on children V2
–  Suicide alertness training
–  Suicide intervention skills training
–  Introduction to working with gypsy and travelers
–  Mindfulness with children and young people
–  Yorkshire CSE conference
–  Working creatively with children and young people

2012

–  Supporting children through fostering

2011

–  First Aid at work

2010

–  Awareness of child abuse and neglect-core v4

2008

–  Data Protection
–  Introduction to working together to safeguard children-level ib
–  Equality and Diversity

2005

–  Young people and mental health
–  Sexual health attitude, information , condom demo and c-cards
–  Confidentiality and child protection

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