Counselling and Psychotherapy in Marsden near Huddersfield and in Leeds city centre with Neil Jordan
I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for more than 20 years. During this time I have worked in a GP surgery, University student services, a hospice (where my work was primarily with terminally ill patients) and I have also supervised staff in a voluntary drug and alcohol organisation for the past 10 years. I set up a private psychotherapy practice in Saddleworth in 2005 and since 2015 have been running my counselling practice in Marsden near Huddersfield and more recently in Wilmslow in south Manchester. I have also worked as a counselling trainer in both Further and Higher Education over the past 18 years. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked as a surveyor in the construction industry in Northern Ireland but eventually moved to the UK mainland to train in counselling, a career that I had felt strongly drawn to having had my own experience in counselling for some time.
I see clients for counselling and psychotherapy both outdoors and indoors. In outdoor therapy, which takes place primarily on the beautiful Marsden moors near Huddersfield, the focus remains firmly on the issues that the client wants to work on but I am also interested in how the natural world can support our capacity to reflect on and integrate new experiences and new ways of being in the world. I have also found that many clients feel safer in the outdoors as the work often feels less intense and more manageable, particularly in the early stages, as we don't sit facing one another as we do indoors. When doing outdoor therapy we can sit, stand or walk - the focus is not on fitness. For further details of outdoor therapy go to the page on Psychotherapy in the Outdoors. I also run a range of therapeutic workshops focused on our connection with nature and our relationship with our own mortality (see workshops page for further details). When seeing psychotherapy clients in Wilmslow I don't work in the outdoors because of the difficulty in maintaining confidentiality in a busy town centre location.
My practice in Marsden is within 15 minutes of the M62 and is within easy commuting distance from Huddersfield, Leeds, Barnsley, Oldham and a variety of other towns in both West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. There are excellent bus and train links from both Manchester and Leeds / Huddersfield. My practice in Wilmslow is located in the town centre and is within five minutes walk from the local train station.
I am a Registered as a Psychotherapist and I abide by their Code of Ethics. I am also trained in Psychodrama and person-centred counselling and am heavily influenced by the Gestalt model of psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in the moment to moment relationship between the client and myself and how this focus can be a catalyst to deep personal and interpersonal change.
My main focus when working with clients is helping them live more full, vibrant lives.