James York Counselling & Wellbeing

BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred)

Making the decision to access a counsellor can be a big step for many people.  It is important that you find a counsellor that you feel comfortable with in order to get the most from your experience.  


My training was underpinned by the person-centred approach, offering empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard to build a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship. 


My training was further enhanced by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and a Humanistic approach. 


In offering these key areas, my hope is that you are able to gain skills and strategies to support you in the here and now, and to empower you to make the changes you hope for. 


My offer to you - I will walk alongside you, listen to your story, ask questions, and support you to explore and gain more clarity and strength in yourself, and find a positive way forward that is right for you.

My way of working

I offer a complementary 20 minute telephone call so we are able to talk through your hopes for accessing counselling, and what issues you would like to explore.


This telephone call allows you the opportunity to check if I am the right counsellor for you; there is no obligation to move forward with therapy if you do not feel comfortable to do so.  It also allows me the opportunity to ensure I have the skills and experience to support you. Should I feel you may be better supported elsewhere, I will discuss this with you and provide other options for you to explore.  


Should you wish to access counselling with me, I will then send you an agreement and consent form to complete and return to me.  


In our first session we will agree our therapy contract. Sessions will usually be weekly in the first instance, and will last for up to an hour. Around 10 minutes before the end of the session we will begin to wind down, discuss any homework / areas of reflection for you, and any arrangements for the next session.  

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