What lead me here…
2 experiences brought me to counselling.
I worked as a children’s nurse for many years, often working with families whose children lived with life shortening conditions and often faced the prospect that their child would die before they would. I felt unable to support these families on an emotional level, I was out of my depth. So, I went in search of training to enable me to help them by listening to them, really listen at the most difficult time in their lives.
Alongside this I experienced some major events in my personal life which I found very challenging. I felt stuck and unable to handle them by myself so decided to seek the help of a professional therapist. Experiencing the power of been heard and valued without judgement inspired me to begin my training as a professional therapist.
I have worked with clients from many different backgrounds who have brought a wide variation of problems to the counselling sessions. To help them I have used both short or long-term therapy, as well as coaching skills, depending on their needs. I take a special interest in anxiety, low confidence and low self-esteem, relationship problems and coaching. I just have a passion for helping people grow emotionally, develop new ways of thinking and feeling so are then able to take back control of their lives. I believe everyone has the potential to change, given the right environment and relationship with themselves.
My name is Diane Whitehead, I am a person-centred counsellor, supervisor and coach. As a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I adhere to their ethical guidelines to ensure keep my standards high. I offer a warm and safe space for you to either explore your difficulties or to look at your ambitions; whatever you want to work on in order to create a positive difference to your life.
All Counsellors will adopt a Counselling ‘style’ that suits their own character and way of being. As a person who is candid by nature, I have found that being honest with my clients is the most effective approach for them and this is how I work. I am not a ‘fluffy’ counsellor, I am sometimes direct, very honest, but always kind and caring.
During my career within the NHS, which stretched for over 40 years, I enjoyed working as a nurse, midwife, Health Visitor, manager and commissioner. It was during this time I trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor which helped me communicate effectively with my patients and colleagues.
More recent employment has been with North Yorkshire Police as a Welfare Adviser and as a bereavement counsellor at Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa. Here I worked with parents who had experienced the death of their child or grandchild to illness or sudden and unexpected death such as accident or suicide.
I now work in private practice from Church Fenton as well as offering my counselling services to an amazing Leeds based charity, Little Hiccups. Little Hiccups support families who have children with additional needs in many different aspects and I am proud to be part of this family.
My practice is in Church Fenton, nearest towns Tadcaster and Selby. Easily accessible from Leeds, York, Castleford and Pontefract due to good rail and road networks. I have a private, comfortable and cosy office, where you will be welcomed and helped to look at whatever is your trouble. Alternatively, I am just as comfortable working with clients via Zoom or telephone. I would love to hear from you.