Counselling and Psychotherapy in Marsden near Huddersfield and in Leeds city centre with Neil JordanI have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Greater Manchester for the past 20 years. In 2015 I moved to Yorkshire and since then I have been based in Marsden near Huddersfield and more recently in Leeds city centre. 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 freelance surveyor 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, psychotherapy, and supervision both outdoors and indoors. In outdoor therapy, which takes place primarily in Marsden 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 when 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 outdoor therapeutic workshops (see workshops page for further details). When seeing psychotherapy clients in Leeds I tend to work indoors only because of the potential struggle with maintaining confidentiality in a busy city centre location.
My practice in Marsden is within 20 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 Leeds city centre overlooks the beautiful Park Square and is just 10 minutes walk from Leeds train station.
I am fully qualified and am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. 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 with self and other and how this focus can be a catalyst to personal and interpersonal change.
And as part of this relationship with the other I include our relationship with the natural world to which we all belong. Every breath we take is a constant reminder of this intrinsic connection and dependence we have on nature.
My main focus when working with clients is helping them live more full, vibrant lives.
I am experienced in helping people with:
Purpose and meaning Mortality Stress Anxiety/Panic Attacks Relationships Bereavement Terminal illness Personal growth Work related issues Childhood issues Depression Spirituality Sexuality Cultural issues Identity issues