Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre

Our Therapists

Working With You

By exploring your issues in therapy, this leads to a better understanding of yourself and how you think, giving you a clearer understanding of your problems. I work with you, at your pace, to facilitate you finding your own answers, and making the changes you want to your life; either externally or within yourself, to enable you to move forward. I have experience working with various voluntary organisations, private practice, and the NHS. I have particular experience working with mental health issues (depression, anxiety, and stress), low self-esteem, childhood issues, bereavement, anger issues, relationship difficulties, and with teenagers who have experienced abuse.

My fees are £45 for individual sessions and £55 for couple therapy.

Valerie Fletcher

Counsellor and BACP Member

I have experience of working with bereavement, life changes, sexual abuse, trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, anger, and work-related and self-esteem issues. I work relationally, collaboratively and non-judgementally with you to help you overcome any difficulties you are encountering. I am a member of the BACP and have a MA Psychotherapy/Relational Counselling, I work with Adults, Young People and EAP work. I have an NHS background and have worked in specialist agencies including counselling survivors of sexual abuse, bereavement, and work-based problems. I work with issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse, work related stress, long term health problems. My fees are £45 for a 50 minute session.

Contact Details

Phone: 07854 245592 Email:

Les Clark

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

First of all, what is cognitive behavioural psychotherapy? CBT is an ‘evidence-based’ therapy which uses techniques that have been scientifically researched and substantially proven to have high levels of effectiveness in addressing a full range of psychological disorders and human problems. The overall goal of therapy is to help you to learn to become your own therapist by supporting you to build your own skills and to regain control of your life. Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, often shortened to CBT, is a very practical treatment which offers choices to clients about how to make the changes in their lives which they choose.

Contact Details

Phone: 07905 204256 Email:

What Do You Do in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Sessions?

At the start, your difficulties are very clearly identified and mapped out by you and the therapist together. From this, you then identify specifically what you want to change and to achieve and you set some therapy goals. The therapist then works with you offering techniques which are proven to be helpful. In each session, work is designed for you to do; building skills between sessions, a little like a personal fitness trainer would give you exercises to do. This way progress is mapped out and as you move towards your identified goals you record progress to make sure the therapy is valuable and your progress is clear.

Why Come for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy?

It is often too difficult to do it alone without expert guidance and support. Also, if you keep doing things the same you get the same results. The skills you will learn, when successful, are designed to be used all of your life, to be healthy psychologically. What kinds of difficulties do I work with? People seek cognitive behavioural psychotherapy therapy for a range of issues. They reach a point in their life where they want to make changes to stop their suffering. Generally speaking, I work with anxiety, depression, and trauma, and I am trained to work with both children and adults. Some examples of work I undertake with clients include:

  • Addictions - Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Life Changes
  • Loss
  • Low Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personal Development
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Issues (Couples and Individual)
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Issues
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Feelings
  • Traumatic Experience
  • Work-Related Issues

What is My Experience?

I have been delivering therapy and working in psychological services for more than 30 years. I have worked in many psychological services both NHS and local government, for example, social services, educational psychology service, adult psychological services, secondary and primary care, child and adult inpatient services, and the child and adolescent mental health service. I have been delivering supervision to child and adult therapy services, therapists, medical staff, and psychotherapists for more than 20 years. I have been providing training for mental health professionals over this period too. I am specifically trained to design an effective individual treatment plan for you and your specific difficulties and functioning because no 2 people are alike.

Chege Mwangi

Counsellor and BACP Member

I hold a Higher Education Diploma and Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Counselling. I am also a registered member of both The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and The Association of Christian Counsellors.My passion is in working with clients in dealing with anger, anxiety, bullying, bereavement and relationships, among other issues. I also provide life counselling, helping people to deal with issues such as bullying, rejection, low self-confidence and aggression.My relational approach and integrative model of practice is underpinned by care, compassion and empathy, a model that is highly effective in alleviating issues that cause discomfort and/or distress. My practice is grounded on confidentiality, utmost respect and trust.I provide counselling in a safe, non-judgemental and compassionate environment in a genuine and safe space to enable people exercise their choices and make helpful changes that lead to lasting freedom. My fees are £40 for a 50 minute session.

Contact Details

Phone: 07748 788777 Email:

Therapy in a Secure Environment

I provide counselling in a safe, respectful, non-judgemental, and compassionate environment where my clients are free to explore and facilitate their own desired changes. As a practitioner, I draw from and use therapeutic approaches that are appropriate and suitable to individual client situations. Please feel free to contact me for a free 30-minute initial consultation meeting to explore how we can work together.

Nancy Edmanson,

Counsellor and BACP Member

I work with individual adult clients, & can help you find ways to work through a variety of problems & complex issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, relationship problems (individuals only), & work-related issues.

I also have experience of working specifically with clients who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse & their families, & those struggling with bereavement.
I will support & encourage you to safely explore & manage difficult thoughts & emotions, to make sense of areas of life where you may feel 'stuck', & to gain a better understanding & acceptance of yourself.
My professional training was in the relational model which brings together ideas from different counselling theories. In practise I mainly use a humanistic method, which helps clients improve their self-image & develop their sense of personal meaning & choice in life. I also include elements of alternative theories, such as cognitive & Transactional Analysis to aid therapy. My fees are £40 per 50 minute appointment.

Contact Details

Phone: 07976317266 Email:

Jill Ulman

Counsellor and BACP Registered Member

I am a caring, professional, experienced counsellor who has worked in both short- and long-term contracts and I will work with couples and individuals in a way that is compatible and beneficial to you. I am a relational therapist; however, I draw on a number of different therapies to suit your needs. I provide a calm and personal space for you to talk about and think through any troubling issues. I have a very down to earth attitude and many years’ experience of working successfully with a variety of different people. My fees are £45.00 for a 50 minute session.

Contact Details

Phone: 07950 292909 Email:

My Values

My counselling beliefs are that the therapeutic relationship is essential in supporting and helping you to move forward and live a calmer life. I strive to create a place in which you will feel supported to explore your thoughts and feelings and to offer comfort through challenging times. I feel passionate, that with the right support, people live in a more empowered way and won’t feel so alone in times of upset and distress. I can offer tailor-made packages for people looking for one-to-one support with developing confidence, anger management, and a range of other topics. I also deliver group work training on many subjects relating to mental health, interpersonal skills, and relational issues.

My Experience

I qualified in hypnotherapy in 2009 and I integrate this knowledge and expertise into my counselling work, acknowledging the impact of the troubled mind on the body and emotions. I have experience of working in various charities, privately and for the NHS, with adults and young people with a wide range of problems; some of the most frequent being anxiety, abuse, relationship issues, and depression.

My fees are £45 for individual sessions and £55 for couple therapy.

Nancy Woliter

Counsellor and BACP Registered

Do you need to overcome a problem and want to talk about it, are you struggling to cope with life events, such as loss or bereavement or have feelings of depression, low-self esteem, stress or anxiety? Are you finding family relationships difficult or going through divorce and separation?

I can offer you a safe, comfortable and confidential environment to talk about your life and difficulties that you are going through. I can help you build upon your strengths, gain greater awareness and understanding, develop helpful perspectives, learn practical strategies and techniques which can help you get through life's challenges. I will listen to you, show you empathy and not judge you. We will work together to help you discover new ways of overcoming your challenges, break unhelpful habits which can enable you to experience life in a positive way.
I am a qualified Person-centred Counsellor who integrates other therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Play Therapy and Creative Therapy. I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am committed to working within their Ethical and Legal Framework to maintain a professional standard and to ensure the safety and welfare of clients.
I work with adults, teenagers and children with various issues including; depression, anxiety & stress, anger, sexual abuse, bereavement, phobias, addictions, relationship issues, separation & divorce, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, miscarriage, teenage pregnancy, self-harm, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bullying, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), work related issues, child related issues and health issues both in long and short term therapy. Therapy will be tailored to suit your needs as I appreciate and respect your individuality and will work with you at your own pace.
I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation. This is an opportunity for you to find out what counselling might be like, if it may be helpful for you and to ask any questions you may have. If you decide to go ahead, you will be offered a suitable appointment. I charge £40-00 per fifty minute session. I work on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Contact Details

Phone: 07484 270056 Email:

A Passionate Counsellor

I work as a person-centred counsellor and integrate elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), transactional analysis (T.A), creative therapy, and play therapy. I value my clients and therefore therapy is tailored to suit clients needs as I have a sincere appreciation for my client’s individuality. I respect my client’s uniqueness and work at their own pace, providing a non-judgemental, confidential, and a comfortable environment. I am passionate about investing in the well-being of others by communicating genuineness and compassion in an empowering manner that encourages clients to explore and grow in an environment of safety and professionalism.

Lynsey Stone

Counsellor and Registered BACP Member

I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I provide affordable one-to-one counselling for adults (16+) here at The Therapy Rooms, Wakefield. My approach is warm, empathic, and down to earth. I offer a free initial telephone consultation which is a space for you to ask any questions you may have, and find out a bit more about counselling, what to expect and how I work. Following this I charge £30.00 for the first session (which is a full assessment) and then £40.00 thereafter. For those wanting to book a block of 4 sessions I offer a reduced fee of £150.00.

Contact Details

Phone: 07873 644126 Email:

My Specialities

People seek counselling for a variety of reasons, and it is important to choose the right therapist to work with. I specialise in the following areas:

  • Bereavement, including Complex Grief and Traumatic and Sudden Loss
  • Anxiety, including General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, and Social Anxiety
  • Issues Connected to Health, Illness, and Disabilities
  • Major Life Changes, Relationships, Affairs, Betrayals, and Changes to Circumstances
  • Work-Related Difficulties, Stress, Career, and Personal Development
  • Supporting Individuals on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD and Aspergers)

A Range of Approaches

I trained as a relational integrative practitioner, which means I am able to utilise a range of therapeutic approaches, depending on your individual needs. I am able to help you to:

  • Find a Safe, Confidential Space to Talk about and Process Painful Experiences or Losses 
  • Gain Some Perspective on Your Life and Your Relationships
  • Find a Way Forward if You Feel Stuck or Confused, Making Positive Changes
  • Develop Helpful Coping Strategies to Better Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Panic

My Background

I qualified as a counsellor at Leeds Beckett University and have completed additional specialist training in bereavement, Aspergers, autism, CBT, and interventions for anxiety. I have worked for a national bereavement service for a number of years and I’m also employed as a counsellor by an employee assistance programme. Prior to this, I worked for more than 10 years in the NHS and health and social care sector. Please contact me if you would like to ask any further questions, or to arrange an initial consultation.

Dr Steve McGovern

Clinical Psychologist

I am a Chartered clinical psychologist with experience of helping support children, young people, and their families with emotional, behavioural, and other issues. This can be in many ways, e.g., an assessment of a learning disability or autistic spectrum condition. From a therapy perspective, I provide advice for behavioural management, treatment of mental health difficulties in children, young people, or the adults supporting them. This would include adaptation to chronic health difficulties, including pain management, as well as adaptation to any major life events. Fees for assessment and treatment are highly competitive. I encourage people to contact me directly to discuss their specific needs by email or telephone.

Contact Details

Phone: 07803 053367 Email:

My Methods

My style of work with adults and young people is eclectic, but using evidence-based therapy models and approaches to help meet your needs. The main models I use are CBT, systemic, solution-focused approaches, motivational interviewing, and ACT. Behavioural approaches are also core to all my work. In terms of adult work I provide input for anxiety, depression, bereavement, and relationship-based issues. However, I also provide input into stress management or simply provide a space to make sense or help you to make decisions to better your life.

Endeavouring to Assist You

My aim, when working with anyone, is to help make sense of difficult feelings, experiences, and memories. Working together with you to try and understand or manage difficulties is the most helpful approach. Sometimes, making sense of our difficulties is a good place to start, but change can occur without knowing everything. Long-term goals are to help you to make changes that are helpful for you.

Plenty of Experience

I have worked in emotional and mental health services for more than 18 years. I am registered with the HCPC and I’m a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. I also supervise other professionals to enhance their skills and practice.

Clare Walters

Relationship Coach

Hi, I can help you to build a warmer and closer relationship with your spouse and with the other people in your life. I will teach you tools that help you get your point of view across and be heard, create a more supportive and trusting partnership and build a better bond where you currently feel frustrated, hurt and unhappy.

Contact Details

This Coaching Is For:

  • Couples wanting to revitalise and rekindle the love in their relationship
  • Separated parents wanting to calmly and respectfully work together to care for their loved ones
  • People wanting a better relationship with their teenager, parent-in-law, step-child,
    friend or business colleague

It Will Give You The Tools To:

  • Develop clear and respectful lines of communication
  • Keep emotionally steady and develop an arena of calm
  • Give each other space to explore, express your feelings and build trust
  • Learn how to negotiate compromises that will work for you both
  • Agree on a plan that will support you both to continue strengthening your relationship

You can attend as a couple or as an individual. After an introductory meeting I usually work with you separately anyway, only meeting with you together when this seems necessary.

The rate is £70 an hour. If you are coming together I recommend an initial 2-hour session, and if you need more after this we can agree a programme which will involve ‘homework’’ and meetings with me together or separately depending on your individual challenges. These sessions will be timed to bring the best results.

I am a relationship coach with 20 years’ experience and a qualified psychotherapist - I use a range of approaches in a flexible way; an author; a director of two companies, one a training company where we offer post-graduate training to coaches and therapists and the other offering coaching in the community; a Mum of four and the humble survivor of various relationship challenges of my own over the years.

“When we came to you I thought we had had it, I couldn’t see how we could sort things out. After four sessions things are the best they have ever been and I am developing strong relationships with my step-children. I couldn’t be happier.”

Colin Agnew

Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, and BACP Registered Member

My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is an integrated one, that is, I use a range of different models to create the best therapy to suit the individual. This is certainly not a one size fits all method of working. I believe certain models of counselling and psychotherapy lend themselves to specific problems and issues; choosing the correct way of working will produce the best results

Contact Details

Phone: 07788 171054 Email:

Creating Successful Therapy

My counselling stems from a humanistic and transpersonal platform, which means I honour every client I see as a valid and worthwhile human-being regardless of the difficulties they may be facing. I believe that the counselling relationship is paramount to successful therapy and given the right support and a safe environment, people can make the right decisions to move towards the goals that they wish for and to begin to resolve the areas of their lives which may have caused concern

My Experience

I have worked for many years at various charities, counselling clients with moderate to severe difficulties. Although challenging, I enjoy this work immensely. I hold diplomas in hypnotherapy, counselling, and psychotherapy, and I’m currently studying for an MSc degree in transpersonal psychology. I am a registered member of the BACP, and a member of the National Hypnotherapy Society. My experience covers a wide range of some of the difficulties associated with living, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger, stress, bereavement and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, self-esteem and confidence, addictions, work-related issues, and self-inquiry.

Gavin Lawton,

CBT Psychotherapist

I am a cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) with 15 years of experience working across a variety of mental health settings. I have practiced in CBT for several years with experience of working with people who experience mood and anxiety related problems. This ranges from depression and self-esteem problems across the anxiety disorder spectrum including panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I also have experience of incorporating mindfulness techniques and again have experience of using this across a number of problems, including long-term conditions and chronic pain conditions. I am also a CBT practitioner and have worked with people who experience psychosis for a number of years. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), with experience of working with victims of trauma. In addition to my clinical work I have experience in teaching and supervising in CBT. 

My fees are £80 per session.

Contact Details

Phone: 07879 445580 Email:

Sharon Atack,

Counselling and BACP Member

I work with adults from 18 and above and also children and adolescents between 5 and 17. Finding the right therapist is a lot like shopping for a good pair of shoes, you might need to shop around before you find the right pair. So, why me? I have been in your shoes and not known where to start or what matters. So I understand how hard it is to take those first steps on your journey. It is through my own life experiences, and the benefits I received through counselling, that it inspired me to retrain as a counsellor, so that I can now help others who have difficulties in areas of their lives.

Contact Details

Phone: 07486 608081 Email:

Choosing What’s Best for You

Counselling does not mean you are weak or needy; it is about giving yourself the permission and time you deserve to look at your thoughts and feelings. Talking to friends and family can be difficult sometimes as they often want to make it all better and offer you advice, which is very kind but that comes from their perspective not yours. Counselling helps to work out what is the right answer for you. To support that working relationship, I will provide a warm and safe place for you to explore and learn. I will be honest, non-judgmental, and aim to look at the world as you see it. Although I do not possess a magic wand and can make no promises, I can support, guide, and walk with you on your journey. Short or long-term counselling is provided. I offer new clients a free introductory 30-minute meeting, preferably by Skype or telephone, and in some cases in person. This is to help clients know if I am the right counsellor for them. Please visit my website for further information:

Lucy Robinson

BACP Registered Councillor

Throughout my life, I have been genuinely passionate about helping others to improve their lives and emotional well-being. Each of us goes through difficult times in our lives, whether this is the stresses of everyday life or more significant experiences that have shaped the way that we are today. I can help you explore these issues in a comfortable, safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space. I believe that when we become stuck in life, counselling can set us free. It reconnects us with ourselves and helps us to live our lives in ways that we choose.

Contact Details

Phone: 07894 265173 Email:

Building Relationships

My therapeutic practice is based largely on the relational approach. I place great emphasis on the relationship between myself and the client, as it is the relationship between us which allows for the process of therapy to take place. I hold high regard for the person-centred approach and will offer the qualities of empathy; congruence; and unconditional positive regard. As an integrative practitioner, I am able to blend different therapeutic approaches to fit the client. I am a member of the BACP and work in line with their ethical framework. I am able to offer individual counselling to children, young people, and adults. Each session will usually last for 50 minutes. I offer a free consultation session.

Elizabeth Longshaw

Counsellor and BACP Registered Member

Hello, I am a friendly and caring person-centred counsellor.

My main areas of work include:
Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Low self-esteem,
Relationship issues (individuals only), Disability concerns,
Caring for a loved one and the strains and stresses linked to that.

Do any of those words relate to you? If so, then please contact me. I can help you. I will work alongside you to help you grow and reach a 'better place'. This will be provided within a confidential, safe, and welcoming environment which is non-judgemental and empathic. You will be respected for who you are and valued as a unique and resourceful individual. I will support and encourage you to find your own way, so you gain a better understanding, acceptance and awareness of yourself. Our time together can be either on a long-term or short-term basis, whichever is right for you as I offer a person-centred relationship.

Please be assured that I am a qualified, registered, and experienced counsellor. Over many years I have had the privilege of seeing people leave me as stronger, restored and self-assured individuals.
So why don't you see whether I can do the same for you?

The Counselling Process

Phone or email me to set up an initial session where we will talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and whether I'm the right person to help. The email or phone contact is not an avenue for in-depth work, it is just an introduction to one another. If you're happy to continue, after our first meeting, we'll set up a second session and from there will arrange to see each other on a basis that suits you - weekly or fortnightly- usually for an hour. We will then continue until the relationship has served its purpose.

Make contact and let me help you reach that 'better place'.
Fees: initial session £20; subsequent sessions £40

Contact Details

Phone: 07751017415 Email:

Daniel Gaunt

CBT Psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner

My name is Daniel Gaunt, a qualified and experienced psychotherapist based in West Yorkshire. I specialise in two types of therapy: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), with children, adolescents and adults.
Although not a full and exhaustive list, I am experienced in working with the following issues, which can be helped with CBT and EMDR:

Anxiety, Body Image Concerns (including BDD), Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain,
Depression, General Anxiety and Worrying, Hair Pulling, Health Anxiety, Lacking Assertiveness, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Panic attacks,Phobias,
Postnatal Depression, PTSD and trauma, Shame & self-criticism, Social anxiety

I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and my qualifications include a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapies, M.Sc. CBT, EMDR training and several counselling qualifications.

As well as practicing as a psychotherapist, I have worked for a number of years, lecturing and training in CBT and I currently work as a lecturer in the psychology department at the University of Bolton, specialising in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy.

Further information regarding referrals and arranging appointments can be found at: www.psychotherapy-services.com

My Values

I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and my qualifications include a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapies, M.Sc. CBT, EMDR training and several counselling qualifications.

As well as practicing as a psychotherapist, I have worked for a number of years, lecturing and training in CBT and I currently work as a lecturer in the psychology department at the University of Bolton, specialising in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy.

Further information regarding referrals and arranging appointments can be found at: www.psychotherapy-services.com

Contact Details

Phone: 07932 308120 Email:

Barbara Hoy

Counsellor BACP Registered Member

Most of us at some point in our lives feel overwhelmed by lives circumstances. Although counselling may feel like a daunting prospect, talking to a trained professional is the first step to taking control of your life and gaining a greater understanding of life’s difficulties.

I am a qualified counsellor working towards a BA (hons) degree in Counselling studying at Doncaster College and University Centre. I have experience working with a diverse client group but for several years I have worked with the families and loved ones of those experiencing drug and alcohol misuse.

I am also a trained art therapist using art as therapeutic expression you can interpret and understand your feelings and emotions through the art you create. Art therapy has many benefits such as it can raise self-esteem, help you express and communicate better and improve confidence.

I have experience with supporting victims of abuse both male and female which could involve domestic abuse, sexual abuse, organisational abuse, physical abuse or financial abuse. Victims of abuse find it difficult to come to terms with the challenging, negative feelings they are plagued with which may derive from past or present forms of abuse. Whichever it is a person may find it difficult to form a trusting relationship, they may have re-occurring flashbacks, nightmares, depression to name a few.

I have trained and worked with Cruse Bereavement Care as a bereavement worker. When a person is experiencing grief and loss they may experience denial, sadness, depression, anger, bargaining and acceptance talking to a trained bereavement worker can be helpful.

Animals, mammals and creatures become part of our lives as the family pet but when we lose one not just through bereavement but circumstance we will also experience grief/loss. I am also trained in pet bereavement helping animal lovers through their difficult time. Being a pet owner myself I understand the pain caused when we lose our beloved companion enabling me to show a greater amount of empathic understanding and respect.

As a Humanistic Integrative counsellor, I do not have a predetermined way of working. I see you as an individual and I tailor my approach to meet with your needs. Some of the approaches I may use are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy but whichever approach is best suited to you I will always endeavour to offer a safe, confidential, non non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.

What I Can Help You With

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement/loss, Pet bereavement/loss, Gender Identity, Panic attacks, Drug /Alcohol Misuse, Low Self-esteem, Bullying, Suicidal thoughts, Work related issues, Domestic Violence, Traumatic experience, Life changes, Post-traumatic stress disorder,

You will initially receive a thirty-minute initial assessment where there will be charge, this can be in person at the Therapy Rooms or via the telephone. Subsequent sessions are £40.00 -50mins or £30.00 – 50mins concessions and students.

Contact Details

Magdalena Szczurek (Meg)

Counsellor, Member of BACP

Hello, my name is Meg. I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor. I offer a safe and supportive therapy in confidential settings for individual clients, where we can both explore any difficulties, distress which you may be experiencing or even dissatisfaction with life.

I provide emotional support to those who suffer with all types of domestic and mental health distress (depression, anxiety and stress), relationship issues, substance misuse and as a result have lost their self-confidence and self-worth.

My professional experience provided me with an opportunity to build positive and productive relationships with a range of people from different age groups, various backgrounds and with complex needs.

In my practice I use Person-Centred approach which means that my role is to help you reach your authentic self by creating a safe environment for you and to make you feel fully accepted by me. By showing you my empathy, we will explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family.
I offer the therapy for individuals in Polish and English language. I offer one to one and Skype counselling.

Contact Details

Phone: 07719 737930 Email:

Margaret Holmes

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (MSc)

Welcome to Going Forward with CBT– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Services in Wakefield. My name is Margaret Holmes, but most people call me Mags. My work as a cognitive behavioural therapist, provides a personalised and confidential approach to talking therapy for adults aged 18 and over.

About Me

I am a fully qualified CBT practitioner and have completed the Post Graduate Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University of Huddersfield. I am also BABCP registered.
The 35 years’ experience I have, within the field of mental health has involved both community and crisis work. It is my belief that my nursing background (within mental health) has served to provide a strong foundation for the delivery of effective Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
However, when later managing a mental health unit within the private sector, my interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy began to take hold, resulting in several years of academic study at The University of Huddersfield. My combined experiences eventually led me to achieve a Masters degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
CBT is a subject from which therapists continue to learn after training has ended. Such forms of learning are also evidenced when applying for accreditation with BABCP, whose standards require evidence of regular supervision and training undertaken by the therapist. This allows me to keep up to date with new developments, contributing towards the delivery of the highest standard of therapy to which I aspire. My training, skills and experience allow me to work with clients affected by the following conditions:

  • Depression or low mood
  • Anxiety symptoms including panic attacks and agoraphobia
  • Worry/GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep problems
  • Physical health problems
  • Stress management and work-related stress
  • Anger
  • Confidence and assertiveness problems
  • Problem solving and decision making

My Approach

My approach to therapy is based upon the premise that CBT is not just a job, but a vocation. I believe that it’s a privilege to work with clients who may feel a sense of uncertainty and vulnerability about discussing their feelings and problems with a 'stranger'. It is my belief that emphasis upon the confidential nature of the relationship is paramount, to enable us to build a trusting and supportive relationship in a non-judgemental manner. I also strive to accompany this approach with compassion and sensitivity to your therapeutic needs, to enable us to develop a supportive, trusting relationship. Past experience has enabled me to appreciate the value of such a relationship within talking therapy, which is of equal importance to the skills and mode of therapy.
All therapy sessions, which are conducted on a 1:1 basis, are private and confidential.

Example of Testimonial

“ I can’t believe how anxious I was about starting CBT and worrying that you might think I was making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s not only changed my general outlook in a big, but close friends and family have all noticed a positive change in me. In fact, I hope you’re not offended, but we now refer to you as Magic Mags ! I’m certainly more relaxed and less anxious now that my sleep has improved. Keep on working your magic."
BP Wakefield


I offer a free introductory 15-minute telephone call, with a view to discussing any concerns relating to the service, prior to booking an appointment.
Otherwise, you may prefer to book a no obligation initial consultation. Your initial assessment appontment and all subsequent therapy sessions will last 50 minutes.

Hours and Availability

I am available for individual face to face therapy sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays from 08.00hrs to 18.00hrs.


£65 per session

Contact Details

Margaret Holmes, Going Forward therapy services Phone: 07341 295115 Email:

Julie Brocklehurst

Counsellor, BACP Registered Member

My name is Julie Brocklehurst I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor with a BSC in Therapeutic Counselling. I am also a Registered Member of BACP and adhere to all is ethical values. I have regular supervision to ensure the quality of my work with you and I am fully insured.

Why come to counselling?

I believe that at some time or other all of us need help with difficult issues in our lives. It may be something that has happened in the past or present or you may be trying to cope with life’s daily stresses. We all lead such busy lives these days and don’t often have the time to take a step back and allow ourselves to reflect on any issues we may be experiencing. I feel that getting the right support at the right time for you can make a big difference to your life. That’s why Counselling can be helpful, as it is a time set aside, just for you.

How does it work?

People access counselling for many different reasons and the Person Centred Approach can be used for any kind of issues. Together we can talk, confidentially, in a calm environment which will help you to feel at your ease. The trusting relationship which develops between us will enable you to express, at your own pace, how you feel in an honest and open way. I will listen to you with empathy and understanding and without judgement. Bringing issues out into the open can give us new awareness, understanding and perspectives, enabling change to then happen. By using your own unique personal strengths we can explore coping methods and possible ways forward that you feel is right for you.

My Experience

I have experience of counselling adults who have suffered with issues such as; bereavement, loss of any kind, lack of confidence, relationship issues, depression, stress & anxiety, low self-esteem, work related stress, abuse, parenting issues, life changes.

I am passionate about supporting young people and making a difference to their lives. I have had a vast amount of experience working in Secondary Education for over 20 years. I have worked as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and as a qualified Mentor supported many young people and families with Social, Emotional & Mental Health issues such as self-harm, anxiety, self- esteem, bereavement, anger management, bullying, family issues, and exam stress also working alongside CAMHS 1-1 & in group work. My methods of working with young people may vary and I will use a variety of creative resources in order TO allow self-expression and easier understanding of certain concepts. I will work with young people from 10 years and above.

I work Monday to Saturday, please contact me to discuss your needs, I look forward to hearing from you.

I offer you a free 30 min initial consultation via telephone. 1hr 1 -1 session £45 & 1hr Skype £35

Contact Details

Phone: 07954 035221 Email: Website:

Tom McSorley

Counsellor, Accredited Member of BACP

I am a professionally trained and qualified BACP Accredited counsellor providing 1 to 1 counselling for adults.

Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I believe it should be an empowering process, where you learn more about yourself and the person you would like to become. You can expect me to listen, put you first, to be understanding, respectful and non-judgemental. Together we can learn new perspectives and strategies enabling you to cope with any difficulties you may be facing.

I am trained in person-centred counselling and believe we all have innate resources to fulfil our potential and live satisfying lives. Yet,
there are times in our lives when we are unable to see ways through our difficulties. Over several years I have worked with many people experiencing a broad range of complex issues, which they often perceived as insurmountable, enabling them to adapt, cope and thrive. I also consider other theories to compliment my practice such as Emotion Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive

Behavioural Therapy.

My Experience

I have for many years worked in public sector emergency services. I have also worked for a national bereavement service for several years, where I still fulfil a training role.
I continue to work for a large prominent national mental health charity where I have been for the past 5 years.

My fees are £40.00 per hour.
An initial meeting will be free of charge and arranged prior to commencement to discuss whether counselling will meet your needs.

Contact Details

Phone: 07961 270698 Email:

Andrew Hawkins

Human Givens Therapist, MHGI member

Until recently I was the CEO of a specialist mental health charity, which I set up and managed for over ten years, working with clients who suffer from trauma, anxiety, depression and problems managing physical pain.

Having worked over the years with therapists from a wide variety of therapeutic backgrounds, I have learned what works and what doesn't work with people suffering from acute emotional and physical distress. Human Givens therapy, in my experience, is the fastest and most effective therapy for a wide range of problems, even for those in the most distressing circumstances.

Typically, I help a client make substantial progress addressing their problems in three or four one-hour sessions. Sometimes a long-standing problem, such as a dental phobia, can be overcome in as little as one or two sessions. More complex problems may take a little longer. My aim is to deal with current issues and make you feel better immediately.

I am willing to take NHS referrals and have DBS disclosure. I am willing to travel to see clients within West and South Yorkshire, as well as the Harrogate and Skipton areas and am always happy to discuss how I can help you before embarking on a paid session. I also do home visits in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the Harrogate area.

Specialist Areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Phobias, Pain, Relationships, Sleep disorders, Panic Attacks, Stress, Psycho-education


HG.Dip.P, MA, BSc

Contact Details

Phone: 07900 995641 Email:

Kerri Garbutt

Registered Psychologist

I am a Chartered and Registered Psychologist with 16 years’ experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of adults, with a wide range of psychological issues and needs. I am able to adapt my therapeutic approach and style to best meet your needs and therefore I can use a range of therapeutic approaches. I am also known for my ability to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with individuals that have difficulty trusting others, experience high levels of shame or have had negative experiences with other therapists/individuals in authority in the past. I can create a safe space where you are able to share whatever you need to, in order to allow you to work through difficult issues.

Psychological Treatment of Adults, includes:

• Emotional distress
• Depression / anxiety / stress / phobias
• Identity issues / Sexuality issues
• Relationship issues and attachment difficulties
• Low self-esteem, negative self-image, feelings of unworthiness and shame
• Self-destructive and self-sabotaging behaviours in life and relationships
• Unhealthy coping strategies including dissociation/detachment (e.g. feeling numb).
• Early experiences of trauma, abuse and neglect
• Experiences of trauma in adulthood (including PTSD)
• Victimisation, unhealthy or abusive relationships
• Aggression and abusive behaviour towards others
• Personality disorders
• Learning disabilities
• Excessive or unhealthy use of sex and/or unhealthy sexual thoughts/interests.
• Mental health diagnoses.
• Forensic issues including offending behaviour and supporting those who are coping with the distress of a loved one being convicted of an offence.

Therapeutic approaches (integrated) include:

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
• Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
• Trauma therapy (e.g. TF-CBT)
• Schema Therapy
• Mentalisation Based Therapy
• Mindfulness
• Psychodynamic
• Compassion Focussed Therapy
• Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Behaviour Modification
• Psychodrama
• Experience of group and individual therapy

Contact Details

Please feel free to discuss how and if I may be able to help you. I have evening and day slots available. As well as a standard session fee, I also offer a limited number of concessionary rates. Please feel free to email me on or call/text me on: 07568 446596.

Sue Crossland

Counsellor and BACP Accredited Member

I work using predominantly a person-centred approach, although I do integrate elements of emotion-focused therapy, transactional analysis, and CBT; drawing on many useful resources to enable me to meet different client’s needs. I also work with couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship. By working together on the things that are creating unhappiness, couple counselling works towards a more fulfilling relationship. I aim to build a therapeutic relationship with respect, empathy, and genuineness and to provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment where you are listened to and accepted for who you are.

Contact Details

Phone: 07842 497486 Email:

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