Heather Dale Counselling and Therapy in Keighley, West Yorkshire
|8th December 2021|
Heather Dale, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision in Keighley and West YorkshireWelcome to my website.
We are just beginning to come through a time of difficulty and uncertainty and those are often paralleled in our every day lives. The return to a "normal" way of living, whatever that means to each person, is perhaps proving more stressful than we had thought. Talking things through to a counsellor in a safe and accepting environment can make a huge difference.
Time and space to talk through issues and explore feelings and thoughts in a neutral and accepting environment.
An opportunity to gain new insights, about past or present issues.
Time to consider whether or what effect past events have had on present living.
Consider patterns in life that you may want to change.
Please Note: In the current situation I am not offering Face to Face work but I am offering telephone or on-line (such as Zoom) electronic meetings, so do get in touch if this would work for you. Of course, there are disadvantages in not meeting face to face, but working on-line does have advantages in that you can talk to me from the comfort of your own home, or indeed, anywhere else where you can find a quiet and private space. It also means that there is no travel involved so can be easier to make a convenient time.
When working via on-line or phone, you do need to be in a private space, ( as I will be) where our conversation will not be overheard or interrupted by others. It is also useful if you are able to give yourself some time and space both before, and especially after the session, in order to think through what you want to say, and then what has been said.
My background is in working in residential homes, firstly with adolescents and later in a women's refuge in South London. I trained as a therapist in the 1980s and have been practising ever since, gaining my accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 1985. Whilst I began working as a therapist in London, I moved to West Yorkshire, in a small village close to Bradford ( between Bingley and Keighley for those who know the area) quite soon after, and have built up a busy practice, working from home, whether face to face or on-line.
I have combined therapy with teaching at all levels, from teaching assertiveness to primary aged children to working at post-graduate level. Over the years I have at times worked more in education, or in private practice, but at the moment most of my work is counselling and therapy, currently mostly on-line, plus some writing on ethical dilemmas, or Good Practice issues.
Over all these years I have worked with a large number of therapeutic issues, including relationship difficulties, work-based issues, anxiety, bulimia, compulsive eating, gender issues, visual impairment and couples or relationship counselling amongst others. I am constantly coming across new ways of looking at issues which is part of the joy of the work for me.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
People often ask what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy. There are different ideas about this but I use the terms counselling and therapy ( and the words counsellor and psychotherapist) interchangeably as there is no clearly accepted definition of the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Of my two core trainings, one used the word "counselling" and the other "psychotherapy" but both were concerned with helping people gain insights and make changes.
Traditionally, counselling training focused on listening and helping clients come to their own conclusions regarding current life-problems, such as relationship down or bereavement, whereas psychotherapy training was deeper and involved looking at root causes of problems such as depression or eating disorders. However, in the last couple of decades there has been a recognition that therapists may need training in both disciplines. Many training institutions now offer qualifications that cover both traditions,
I am (senior) accredited and registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who are my professional body. Accreditation means that I have been recognised as having reached a certain level of training, qualification and experience as a counsellor and as a psychotherapist. I am also a Fellow of the organisation.
To read more about BACP's ethical framework, please click on the link to external resources and follow that link. To read my own contract, which gives information about issues such as confidentiality, please follow that link.
How I work
Our first session is a time for us to decide whether we are a good fit. If we agree to continue, there is no time-limit on how long we can work together, though I often suggest starting with weekly sessions, and then thinking about what will work best for you.
My style of working has evolved over the years, but always with an emphasis on you leading the work we do together .I am committed, especially in the current climate, to offering work on-line. This allows me to offer counselling to those who might struggle to
source it otherwise..
As well as therapy, I offer supervision, either face-to-face or on line. Face-to face work always takes place in my home, between Bingley and Keighley, with public transport links to Bradford, Leeds and Skipton. Therapy takes place in a quiet room used specifically for the purpose. Unfortunately, as the room is up a short flight of stairs, I cannot offer disabled access though I can through on-line or telephone work if you are unable to travel here,
Currently, I have space on Mondays , Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but not Thursdays, Fridays or at the weekend.
The links on the left give essential information about what I offer but do get in touch if you would like more information, or an informal chat.
where I work
Whether face to face or on-line I work in an upstairs room in my home, in the village between Keighley and Bingley. It is accessible by public transport links, from Bradford, Skipton or Leeds, but please be aware if you arrive early, there is no waiting room, though the local shop ( two minute walk away) serves hot drinks. My therapy room is up a short flight of stairs, so may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
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