Finding The Courage To Be
When life feels more difficult than usual and it can be hard to know where to turn for support.
Change, such as redundancy, the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship could cause you to feel like you can't cope. You might be feeling lost, but you don't know what's wrong. Or you might be feeling low and unhappy, wondering how to get the spark back in your life.
In therapy I can help you explore your thoughts and feelings without feeling judged. This can help you understand your internal struggles, the world outside and ultimately help you feel better.
It can help you find the courage it takes to deal with life's difficulties and to live fully and confidently.
I am a registered Counsellor and Coach based in Harrogate, and I am here to help
"The good life involves growing, becoming more and more of one's potentialities.
It involves the courage to be."
Some of the issues I can help you with:
Identity - discovering your personal vision of who you are
Stress and burn-out
Unsure about a major decision
Sexual orientation and coming out
Exams and assessments
School issues including Ofsted
Performance anxiety for musicians, singers, actors and presenters.
This is not an exhaustive list and we can discuss any other issue with which you would like help.
I work with adults and young people from 16 years old and am trained in safeguarding.
I hold current enhanced DBS certificates for working with children,
young people and adults.
"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength"
I haven't always been a counsellor. I have enjoyed a long and successful career in education; first as a teacher, then in leadership roles and headship.
My emphasis was always on creating relationships that enable people to grow, develop and thrive.
Now, as a professional Counsellor I create nurturing relationships with people who find they are stuck, unable to thrive, suffering.
I provide a safe space both physically and emotionally, where I meet clients to listen and hear their story, their experience, without judgement.
By exploring this experience together, meaning can be found and healing begin.
I work with young people (16+) and adults.
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be;
embrace who you are.”
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Level 7)
University Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 5)
Continuing Professional Development (A few examples):
Life Coaching Certificate
Women and Problem Gambling
Working with Bereaved Clients
Prior to setting up in private practice, I have worked as a counsellor at:
Holy Rood House in Thirsk
Just Be and Talking Space in Harrogate.
I have significant experience counselling with young people, adults and senior citizens.
I have extensive experience coaching and mentoring adults and young people.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
What To Expect:
In your first session we will explore your reasons for getting in touch, what changes you would like to make and how often you would like to meet.
Usually sessions are weekly but sometimes people benefit from more than one a week and occasionally people prefer fortnightly.
It is up to you and we can discuss it together.
If, by the end of the first session, we decide we can work together we will discuss the practical aspects of our Counselling Contract (time of the sessions, cancellation, holiday etc.)
In sessions I will listen carefully to you and help you explore your thoughts and feelings. This can help you begin to understand your internal struggles and how the world is affecting you.
I currently offer Zoom or phone sessions and hope to reopen my face to face practice soon.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
What To Expect:
Do you feel stuck? Feel like life is passing you by? Are you anxious about a decision you have to make?
I will help you clarify your thoughts, get a new perspective on your life, work out why you feel stuck.
Together we will identify the barriers stopping you from fulfilling your potential.
You will begin to understand exactly where you are at the moment,
work out what goals you want to pursue, and create plans to fulfill them.
Coaching empowers you to take control of your life with courage and enthusiasm, so that living whole-heartedly you will feel capable, energised and fulfilled.
"You can make it, but it's easier if you don't have to do it alone"
How to find Space To Breathe
Space To Breathe is at the top of Harlow Hill, on the west side of Harrogate. There is ample parking.
The exact location will be given when you book your initial session.