Arnica Counselling Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision
in Skipton & North Bradford

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Hi, my name is Samantha and I'm passionate about Counselling/Psychotherapy and in helping you. Not only do I have the recognised qualifications to help you ( I have achieved a Masters Degree in Counselling), I also have a vast amount of experience providing Psychotherapy/Counselling in Bradford for over 18 years, to people of most ages, from different cultures, backgrounds and sexualities with varying different life experiences and difficulties

My experience has been incredibly varied in this time, from working within the NHS, Voluntary Sector and Private Practice, as a Counsellor in Skipton, and more recently as a Psychotherapist in Shipley for over 5 years.

I now work with adults , older teenagers (16 years of age upwards) as well as couples and I will treat you as unique, with individual needs – because you are important….. and receiving therapeutic help is an investment in your physical and mental health. I will listen to you with compassion, and without judgement, to understand the difficulties you're experiencing and to help you overcome them

As mentioned earlier, I am really passionate about Counselling & Psychotherapy because I know it can work. Having received my own personal therapy over the years and working through emotional difficulties (not because I had to as part of my training but because I wanted to) it's helped me understand what it feels like to be a client and the positive change that can occur, as well as experiencing how tough that can be at times too.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." - Nelson Mandela

There are many emotional difficulties I can help you with (this list is not exhaustive, so if unsure if I can help please get in contact) some examples are;

  • Unhappiness/Dissatisfaction
  • Stress
  • Loss/Grief/Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Abuse (emotional, physical and sexual)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP)
  • Addictions (drugs,alcohol,sex,food, sugar, exercise, etc)
  • Eating issues (overeating, bulimia,anorexia)
  • Relationships
  • Identity and Sexuality
  • Work
  • Self-Harm

    I provide Psychotherapy/Counselling in North Bradford, which is close to; Shipley, Leeds, Rawdon, Calverley, Yeadon, Horsforth - my address is under Locations in the menu - CLICK HERE

  • What experience do I have as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist?

    I began my training in 1998, working within the voluntary sector offering Counselling in Bradford, then within the NHS as a Staff Counsellor at Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire helping NHS staff members resolve their difficulties within 6 sessions - I also worked at Lynfield Mount Hospital as an Adult Mental Health Therapist, facilitating groups to help people who had a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. I helped facilitate their understanding of their behaviour as well as helping them learn coping strategies to ease their everyday life.

    I have been running my own private practice as a Counsellor for 12 years, providing Psychotherapy/Counselling in Bradford, more precisely as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Shipley and more recently as a Counsellor in Skipton. In this time I have helped people of all ages and from all walks of life with many different emotional difficulties.

    This varied work experience has taught me many skills, which I bring into the work I do in the here and now.

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    Samantha's Qualifications & Professional Memberships

    Diploma In Supervision – October 2014 – 2015

    MA Counselling – Bradford University (2003 – 2005)

    BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychology – Bradford University (1998 – 2002)

    I am an Individual Member of BACP – MBACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and on the Accredited Register. Registered Member : 054037

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