Meet the Therapists
There are six therapists working from the Centre – offering daytime, evening and weekend appointments. We all have particular areas of interest but we do all work in the same way and our passion is helping our clients to get their lives working again as quickly as possible. We are all self-employed and work as therapists in our own right.
We are always happy to discuss in advance of any paid sessions how and whether we may be able to help, just call us on 01904 637199 or send us a message.
You can contact a therapist directly on their details below – or if you're not sure who you'd like to work with, contact us and we can help you find the right therapist to work with.
Gail originally trained as a nurse and midwife, working for a number of years in large teaching hospitals and a GP unit before going on to train as a Human Givens Psychotherapist. She is also a trained bereavement counsellor with considerable experience in working with both adults and young people. Gail has a real enthusiasm for this positive approach to counselling. Her primary aim is to offer effective and practical help in order to enable you to feel better and move on with your life as quickly as possible.
Gail's passion for her work led her to set up the Wellbeing Centre with Jenny where she now has a well-established psychotherapy practice, working with clients of all ages, from 8 years to 84! Gail has a particular interest in anxiety-related disorders and depression and is also experienced in working with couples wanting to resolve relationship difficulties.
Gail is an accredited supervisor with the Human Givens Institute and is able to offer supervision for all counsellors and therapists, as well as other health professionals e.g. GPs, consultants, nurses, and managers.
Gail is also a member of the Human Givens Institute Board of Directors and is a tutor for the Human Givens College, teaching on the Human Givens Diploma Course and on the Supervisor’s course.
Jenny grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to North Yorkshire in 2000. She was formerly a secondary school English teacher and then an editor, and finally pursued her long-standing interest in psychotherapy and counselling after encountering the Human Givens approach. She now runs the Wellbeing Centre with Gail, which they set up together in 2010.
Jenny has worked with a wide variety of clients with many differing challenges, including acute and ongoing stress, anxiety and depression, trauma, addiction, eating disorders and relationship issues. She also enjoys working with clients who simply want to manage their lives better and are looking for new strategies to do this as quickly and effectively as possible. The creative and practical ideas in the Human Givens Approach provide the ideal framework for this. Jenny works with the belief that emotional wellbeing comes through discovering and using your own strengths, managing your responses through learning to keep calm and think clearly, and taking back control so that you can do the things that you need to and that you love.
Jenny has also worked at a local hospice providing bereavement support for several years. She is happy to do home visits in special circumstances.
She is an accredited supervisor with the Human Givens Institute and is a member of the External Oversight Committee for Human Givens Therapy, which protects the public's interest in the use of human givens therapy when delivered by Registrants on the Human Givens Institute Professional Register.
Ruth is unable to take on new clients at the moment.
Ruth grew up in Switzerland where she began working life as a teacher. After settling in Britain, she qualified as an Occupational Therapist in York and worked in a range of mental health settings including adult, child, adolescent and family mental health. Whilst working in these areas she trained as a Human Givens therapist and finds that this positive approach is highly effective in helping people feel better and make significant beneficial changes in a very short space of time.
During her extensive travels and voluntary work in various settings she noticed that regardless of background, religion or culture, people share a deep desire for happiness and meaning in their lives. Her primary aim is to offer effective, evidence based and practical therapy to enable you to feel better as soon as possible so that you can work towards and achieve your own ambitions and goals. During sessions she will help you to develop the skills necessary to do this.
Ruth works with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, addictions and relationship difficulties, and she has a real passion for supporting parents who wish to build on and strengthen their relationships with their children. She offers specific parental consultations to help in this area.
To book a session with Ruth, contact her directly on 07960 879416 or by email at email@example.com
Ruth is unable to take on new clients at the moment.
Colin grew up in Belfast, but has lived in Yorkshire for 30 years. He has a back ground of change management at all levels in industry, local government and more recently, the health sector. This has provided him with both the breadth and depth of experience of tackling stress in the work place and provided the initial motivation to develop his interest in mindfulness and psychotherapy after encountering the Human Givens approach. Colin is also a teacher and trainer in mindfulness to both individuals and groups in Leeds.
Colin has worked with a wide variety of clients with many differing challenges, including anxiety and depression, trauma, addiction, phobias and stress issues related to the workplace or home.
His practice at the York Human Givens Centre is currently running on Sunday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Brigit grew up in Ireland and as a young adult moved to the UK and has since lived and worked in both England and Scotland.
From being a young mother of four children and studying as a mature student, Brigit has always had a passion for learning to understand people and society.
On completion of her studies Brigit worked in a variety of settings including academia and eventually found her calling in social care. She worked for many years in the voluntary sector with vulnerable adults in which she increasingly found the Human Givens approach extremely beneficial. Since completing the Human Givens Diploma she has moved into private practice where she works with clients of all ages.
Brigit believes, no matter who we are, there are times in our lives when we can all benefit from some help and support with managing our emotions. She is passionate about the Human Givens approach as she has seen first-hand how it provides a fast, effective framework with which to help people find ways to overcome barriers in their lives, take back control and move towards a life that works.
Brigit currently offers appointments at the Centre on Fridays and Saturdays and is able to do home visits within the York/Scarborough/Whitby areas.
Patrick grew up in the heart of the East Anglian countryside and has always loved being close to nature. He has enjoyed travelling and has worked and lived both on Scyros Island, Greece and in Northern Italy.
He was employed in the NHS for over 15 years to help young people and their families to manage hospital treatments. As a result, he has gained a good understanding of how to inspire young people to make good use of challenging situations. He therefore, has practical experience in how to help you quickly reduce fear, harness your own innate resources and move forward into greater well-being.
Patrick has been able to help many people achieve goals that they, and others, really did not believe could be possible at the outset. Furthermore, he believes that good therapy is a matter of maximising strengths and discovering better and better ways to create changes that naturally brighten the present and uplift the future.
Consequently, you may find the experience of therapy as one of great relief, discovering that there really is nothing wrong with you as a person; the depression, the OCD, the shame, the fear, are symptoms of something impersonal; survival mechanisms, common to man, that have gone awry. With the right information, the right help, given at the right time, life opens up, vision clears and the future is meaningful.
To book a session with Patrick, contact him directly on 07581 363966 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Givens Institute Therapist Register Profile – coming soon!
Debbie grew up in the West Midlands where she married and started her family. She eventually settled with her family in North Yorkshire where she qualified and worked as an English Teacher.
During her teaching career, Debbie developed a passion for working with young people with social emotional and behavioural difficulties. After completing her training as a Human Givens therapist, she started to work therapeutically in schools, and subsequently worked as an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Advisor in a secondary school in the North East. Here, she worked extensively in a therapeutic capacity with individuals, groups of young people, parents and teachers. She believes that, sometimes, the demands of modern life can leave us feeling vulnerable and anxious, and once we find out how to gain control over our emotions and our environment, we can begin to thrive and live well.
Debbie is an experienced therapist who works to enable both adults and young people to live life to their fullest potential. Debbie has successfully helped those suffering from the effects of depression, anxiety, past trauma, phobia, addiction, self-harm, eating disorders, and psychosis.
In addition to her work in schools, Debbie has worked for many years as a private therapist and she continues to work as a therapist at the York Human Givens Wellbeing Centre. She is happy to take referrals from schools, and GPs as well as self-referrals.
To book a session with Debbie, contact her directly on 07709 014432 or by email at email@example.com
Effective Counselling and Psychotherapy Checklist
It is a good idea to use the following checklist (prepared by the ethical committee of the European Therapy Studies Institute) to protect yourself – or someone you know – from ineffective or even harmful types of counselling and psychotherapy:
An effective psychotherapist or counsellor:
- knows how to build rapport quickly with distressed people
- understands depression and how to lift it
- helps immediately with anxiety problems including trauma or fear related symptoms
- is prepared to give advice if needed or asked for
- will not use jargon or tell you that counselling or psychotherapy has to be 'painful'
- will not dwell unduly on the past
- will be supportive when difficult feelings emerge, but will not encourage people to get emotional beyond the normal need to 'let go' of any bottled up feelings
- may assist you to develop your social skills so that your needs for affection, friendship, pleasure, intimacy, connection to the wider community etc. can be better fulfilled
- will help you to draw and build on your own resources (which may prove greater than you thought)
- will be considerate of the effects of counselling on the people close to you
- may teach you to relax deeply
- may help you think about your problems in new and more empowering ways
- uses a wide range of techniques as appropriate
- may ask you to do things between sessions
- will take as few sessions as possible
- will increase your self confidence and independence and make sure you feel better after every consultation