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Josephine Kerr
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." 
Carl Rogers
Some of the issues I can help you with: 
  • Generalised Anxiety

  • Covid-19 Anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Depression

  • Perfectionism

  • Low self-esteem

  • Work issues

  • School Anxiety

  • Identity - discovering your personal vision of who you are

  • Stress and burn-out

  • Feeling stuck

  • Feeling unfulfilled

  • Unsure about a major decision

  • Lacking confidence

  • 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"
Sigmund Freud
About Me

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.

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“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be;

embrace who you are.”

Brene Brown


Counselling Qualifications

  • 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:

  •  York College

  •  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." 
Carl Rogers
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. 

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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” 

 Maya Angelou

What To Expect:
Therapeutic Coaching

Do you feel stuck?  Like life is passing you by? Are you directionless, not sure where life is taking you?

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, what your real values are and work out the goals you want to pursue, and create plans to fulfill them.

Therapeutic 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.

For more details about Therapeutic Coaching click here

"You can make it, but it's easier if you don't have to do it alone"  

Betty Ford



To arrange a session or learn more, please get in touch:



or use the contact form below


07495 823169

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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. 

Counselling Fees

Standard Rate: £45 per session

Counselling Students: £35 per session