You have your own map; I’ll shine the light on it eventually, the sun will rise again in your life and you’ll no longer need my light to assist you.
Hello, my name is Vanessa, I am a qualified integrative counsellor, I am passionate about supporting others, I work with adults, children and young people. When we experience difficulties in life we often feel isolated and alone, counselling can help overcome painful experiences and feelings. I provide a confidential, warm, friendly space where you are listened to and what you say matters. My role is to help you make sense of your world so you can discover how to move forward in your life.
I graduated from Leeds Beckett University gaining a Level 6 BSc Degree in Therapeutic Counselling. I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means that I am bound and adhere to the BACP's ethical framework for good practice to work safely and in the best interest of clients.
I am experienced in therapeutic work in sexual and domestic abuse with survivors in a West Yorkshire specialised sexual and domestic abuse counselling service. Also experienced in supporting children and young people from the age of 11 upwards in a school counselling service, using play and creative therapy.
I am trained and skilled and have many years experience of successfully supporting children, young people and adults with complex difficulties and disabilities to achieve and progress in their education.
My own journey has been the driving force and motivation to assist individuals to remove barriers and overcome their difficulties and I would be privileged to share your journey. I believe in diversity to promote equality, awareness and lessen oppression. Using my own mixed heritage experiences I work with diverse clients to celebrate who they are, to assist the development of a positive identity.
How I work
I offer an integrative approach because we are all unique individuals, I believe it is important that counselling techniques are tailored to your individual needs to assist growth and change. I will explain the different approaches before we use them in our work together and you can decide if they will be helpful for you.
What I want to offer you as your counsellor
Empathy, unconditional positive regard, genuineness and trust.
l will provide a safe, comfortable, confidential environment to listen and accept what you know and feel without judgement that values your feelings, views and difficulties. I will work at your pace and use approaches that are best suited to your needs and difficulties to assist you to understand your experiences, thoughts and feelings. I will not direct and tell you what is best for you, together we can work out what you need to do so you can make your own choices.
Making sense of your world can be difficult. I will provide you with support throughout the counselling process so you can find your own solutions to your concerns and issues.
Counselling sessions can range from short – term to long-term according to your wishes and needs - I always work in your best interest.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £35, I offer reduced rates for trainee counsellors and people on a low income.
If you have any questions, or would like to book a no-obligation initial session so we can meet in person, please email or call me on 07806 788564.
*Flexible, evening and weekend appointments can be arranged to suit you.