counselling keighley

Heather Dale Counselling and Therapy in Keighley, West Yorkshire

counsellor bingley
20th January 2021 
About Counselling and Therapy
My qualifications
The Contract
Links to Resources


Tel: 07932 540386
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Heather Dale, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision in Keighley and West Yorkshire

Welcome to my website.

Life throws us tough challenges from time to time and we are particularly living through hard times at the moment. Talking it through with some one can often make a huge difference, and I can offer

Time and space to talk in a neutral and non-judging environment
A chance to talk through issues and explore feelings and thoughts.
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. Of course, there are disadvantages in not meeting face to face, but working remotely does have advantages in that you can talk to me from the comfort of your own home, or wherever else you may be.

If we are working via on-line or phone, you do need to be able to be in a private space, ( as I will be) where our conversation will not be overheard or interrupted by others.

About me

I live in West Yorkshire, in a village between Keighley and Bingley, about 10 miles from Bradford. I work from home, whether face to face or on-line, in a private room.

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. People often ask what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy, but I use the terms ( 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.

My background includes working in women's refuges and children's homes so has always about helping people resolve difficulties. I have also had a long history of teaching counselling and counselling skills, ranging from teaching assertiveness to five year olds, to teaching at post-graduate level.

Over 30+ years of working as a psychotherapist and counsellor, I have worked with a large number of issues, including relationship difficulties, work-based issues, anxiety, bulimia, compulsive eating, gender issues, and couples or relationship counselling amongst others.

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.

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 do that, 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 offer on-line work, though I prefer to meet face-to-face for the first few sessions as this helps us build a trusting therapeutic relationship.

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.

Currently, I have space Mondays , Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but not Thursdays or Fridays.

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
I work in an upstairs room in my home, in the village between Keighley and Bingley. It is convenient for s from Bradford, Skipton, and Leeds, and all places in between, although that is less relevant at the moment as all my work is on-lin. Because I work from home, I cannot offer a waiting room, but if you arrive early, there is a shop serving hot drinks two minutes away,