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Emma Hughes - BACP Accredited Counsellor practising in Leeds City Centre.


Emma is a BACP-accredited therapeutic counsellor. She graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2016 and went on to further complete a Masters in Psychotherapy in 2017.

As well as working in private practice in Leeds Emma is also a voluntary counsellor with several Leeds-based charities including Cruse Bereavement Care. She has experience of working with students in Higher Education settings and counselling children within Primary Schools. She has 5 years experience as a listening volunteer with Samaritans offering emotional support to people who are having suicidal thoughts or experiencing emotional distress.

Before changing career paths to become a counsellor Emma trained as a Primary School teacher and worked with children with behavioural difficulties. Emma has personally experienced how the therapeutic relationship can be a vehicle for change, having sought counselling support herself in her twenties. This was a life-changing experience and the catalyst that led Emma to become a counsellor herself.

As an Integrative counsellor Emma believes there is no single therapeutic model that is effective for the range of complexity of experiences people bring to counselling. The way Emma works draws on her training in a range of therapeutic approaches, allowing her to work in a way that is most appropriate and beneficial to each individual client.

Emma regularly undertakes professional development training and has a particular interest in how trauma can be stored in the body and the negative effects and difficulties this can have on people’s everyday lives.

Training, Qualifications & Experience


Masters Degree in Psychotherapy (Level 7) - Leeds Beckett University - 2017

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy - Leeds Beckett University 2016 (Level 7)

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills - Leeds Beckett University - 2014

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling NCS approved 2020

Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT - Certificate of Achievement - University of Reading

PODS CPD training in Trauma and the body: Dissociation and Somatisation (2018).

PODS CPD training on trauma, dissociation, sexual abuse and attachment - 2016

CPD training on Chemsex (workshop) (2016).

NCFE Level 2 Mental Health Awareness - 2015

Acentis Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care - 2014
CPD training in Grief and Loss, Loss of a child, sudden & traumatic death, safeguarding - 2015/6 (safeguarding updated 2018).

CPD training with grief and self harm and alcohol abuse - 2017

CPD training with grief and sexuality - 2018
Ongoing training in working with people experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Working with Metaphor - 2014

BA (Hons) English Literature - First Class - The Open University - 2013

Bed Primary (Hons) with Qualified teacher status - Sunderland University - 1996.


Present - Private Practice - Queen St Leeds


Aug 2016 - Aug 2018 - Counsellor at Selby Wellness Clinic

2015 - 2017 : Volunteer Counsellor at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Leeds

2015 - 2020 : Bereavement Support Worker and supervisor at Cruse Bereavement Care Leeds

2015 - 2017 : Counsellor at Phoenix Health & Well being Charity Leeds

2014 - 2015 : Volunteer Counsellor at Place2Be Leeds : working therapeutically with primary school age children.

2012 - 2017 : Listener at Samaritans Leeds


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