About Erene

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As an Integrative Psychotherapist I offer weekly appointments to support people to make changes through talking therapy. My approach is collaborative, pro-active, and focused on making changes with you.

I understand the importance of respect, autonomy, empowerment, and kindness in working with people. Accessing mental health support is rarely straightforward, so I bear this in mind when working with you.

You are welcome to access my services however you identify. This includes members of the LGBT+ community, and people of any cultural and ethnic heritages. My role includes acting as an ally, using a non-judgemental and non-pathologising viewpoint to understand your sense of self, lived experiences, and mental health.

Since 2010 my working experience includes: delivering one-to-one psychotherapy and counselling in a variety of settings (online and in-person), setting up and co-ordinating therapeutic services, offering community-based support for people who find it difficult to access mental health services.

Areas I can support you with incIude: understanding and managing emotions, depression, anxiety, personal development, personal identity, relationships, and trauma. My professional focus is with people of any gender who have experienced sexual violence, including those who are navigating the criminal justice system.

Outside of appointments I am an author, speaker, and activist. I believe in taking up my social responsibility as a Psychotherapist to push for collective change on issues that affect our communities, along with taking action as an individual.

Further information on all of these areas are at the bottom of this page. To attend events and training I’m involved in, click here.

I use a range of theories to work with a diverse range of people. Primarily these are: psychodynamic, attachment, and intersubjectivity theory. We can explore how your past affects your present including how specific life events may have influenced you.

This is supported by: trauma-informed, embodied, intersectional, anti-oppressive, and queer-affirmative perspectives. All of these provide a context by which to understand individuals within social structures, including how everyday life can be difficult – which affects our mental health.

All of this is delivered within a relational perspective, meaning that we can consider the relationship you have with different facets of your identity and lived experiences. This can extend to how you experience and manage relationships with other people.

I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the Radical Therapist Network, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR), and the Metanoia Institute.

Conversion practices are not a part of my services. I align with UKCP’s ethical framework and the multi-organisational stance provided in the ‘Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK’. Both of these state that any practices intended to change ones’ sexuality and/or gender are unethical and cause harm. Research to evidence this is available here.

If you have questions, you can view the FAQs page here or contact me.

  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Metanoia Institute)
  • Foundation Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Diversity Therapy (Pink Therapy: due to be completed 2022)

All trainings undertaken at the Metanoia Institute are validated by Middlesex University.

  • Member of UKCP (Humanistic & Integrative College)
  • Member of Metanoia Institute
  • Member of the Radical Therapist Network
  • Member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility

Creating & Co-Ordinating Specialist Services Alongside Delivering Psychotherapy & Counselling:

  • Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL)
  • Together Women Project Leeds

Psychotherapy and Counselling:

  • Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services (BSARCS)
  • The Tuke Centre, York
  • NHS Psychology & Psychotherapy Therapy Service Leeds
  • Women's Counselling & Therapy Service Leeds
  • University of Bradford Student Counselling Service
  • University of Leeds Student Counselling Centre
  • Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service

Observational Work & Clinical Team Support:

  • Clifton House Low Secure Forensic Service, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Intensive Community Services, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Crisis Assessment Service, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Project Management & Administration:

  • Complex Trauma Therapist's Network (CTTN)
  • Freedom from Torture Yorkshire & Humberside
  • Leeds Mind Wellbeing Service

I have experience in working with a wide range of difficulties, including:

  • Abuse (Emotional/Psychological, Physical, Sexual)
  • Relationships
  • Personal Self-Development and Self-Identity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Areas Specific to LGBTQ+ Persons

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  • Counselling Tutor CPD Library: Pre-Trial Therapy
  • Counselling Tutor CPD Library: Vicarious Trauma - Impact and Management
  • Counselling Tutor podcast: Vicarious Trauma – Impact and Management
  • Let’s Talk Hull (NHS City Health Care Partnership): Pre-Trial Therapy
  • Inspiring Women Changemakers: Book Launch
  • Radical Therapist Network: Book Launch & Workshop 
  • NESTT: An Introduction to Pre-Trial Therapy
  • Survive Yorkshire: Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • UKCP Webinar: Working with Sexual & Domestic Violence Online in Lockdown
  • York St. John University: Working with Sexual Violence from a Relational and Empowerment Perspective / Pre-Trial Therapy / Trauma and Sexual Violence (School of Psychological and Social Sciences)
  • Temenos Sheffield: Pre-Trial Therapy 101, Working Outside of the Consulting Room
  • Leeds Beckett University: Sexual Abuse (Psychological Therapies & Mental Health)
  • Leeds Beckett University: Working with People with Mental Health Difficulties (Public Health Nutrition)
  • University of Law: Responding to Students' Mental Health Disclosures

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