Ian and Sue Wallace Counselling

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Let us help you have the life you want

not the one other people think you should have

Face to face appointments resume from the 17th of August

Now we have some idea of what we need to do in order to create a safe space to see Clients face to face again, we are now offering face to face appointments again, this does attract some conditions of safety and track and trace conditions which you will need to agree too in advance of the sessions in order for us to see you in the office.
We hope that this can be as non-intrusive as possible to our work but we remain vigilant in keeping you safe and adhering to any government and landlord requests. We realise that this has to be a fluid process and may well need to be replaced with phone or internet connections if we are told to do so. We will of course still be offering phone or internet options on-going for people who prefer to connect by these means.
Our phone or internet connections are based on 45 minute sessions at a cost of £40 and our face to face sessions are for one hour at a cost of £60 all are now paid for in advance by either debit or credit card.
We thank all our current Client's for being so understanding in these unprecedented times and look forward to seeing future Client's knowing that we are trying to make your sessions and worlds as safe as we can.
Take care and keep safe.

My Autumn schedule of training for Therapists is now out.

If your looking to extend your counselling knowledge and would like to access quality accredited training then please contact me or look at my training web site www.iwtc.org.uk. Courses include Couple's training, Systemic understanding and interventions, Abuse and many more.

In light of the situation of Corona Virus Zoom Consultations are available online or via Phone

If you are self isolating and would like help and support then Ian offers counselling with Clients either by Zoom, a more secure form of Skype, or on a land line telephone, for a discounted fee of £40 for 45 minutes, if you feel more comfortable to access your therapy in this way and not meeting face to face or cannot travel to access our services and can use a computer or the phone then please give him a call.

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New book available on Amazon and Kindle

My new book, Insecurity its all about me, is now available to buy on Amazon and on Kindle.
This book helps you to understand the complexities and enabling ways to work with insecurity in our lives and our Clients lives. It focusses on helpful ways to work with and explore our insecurities giving you a understanding of how insecurity impacts on our lives. What behavioural patterns then emerge from our natural insecure drive.
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A small investment for years of happiness.

More ways to improve your life and your relationship

Visit my other site Seeking Change to find more tools and ways to have a healthy life and relationship.

About Us

Hi my name is Ian and I started Counselling Wakefield over 20 years ago. I and my professional associates work at Counselling Wakefield. We are fully qualified to deliver the Counselling, Supervision and the other therapies we offer. I am also the Counsellor for Relate Wakefield, Dewsbury and I also offer counselling services for all WF postcodes, although the Relate Wakefield is a paid for service.

We all have many years of extensive practical experience counselling Client’s. We work with all the areas of life’s conflicts and issues, from helping with your relationships, bereavement, self-esteem, sexual issues and mental health, which may be affecting you. If you feel you are seeking change and seem lost, stuck, or with no one to turn to? Then counselling Wakefield will help you to find a way forward.

If you would like more updates and information then why not drop by my Facebook page and if you like it then please say so. Many thanks Ian

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Contact us

Please call Ian on 0776 9976620 Su on 0776 9976626 to discuss your individual needs so we can offer the most appropriate counselling or therapy support and help for your individual situation(Answer phone will connect if we are busy with clients, but please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible)

For relate Wakefield, Dewsbury and WF postcodes services please contact only Ian.

We will arrange a suitable appointment time, with no commitment, to confidentially discuss your needs with Relate trained Counsellors who are experienced in working with Families, CYP Individuals and Couples or our other specialists who work with sexual addictions, PST (psycho sexual therapy) CBT (Cognitive behaviour therapy) or severe mental health issues.

Our hand-picked professional Counsellor / Associates can also offer Supervision, business and personal coaching all of which are offered from our Wakefield Premises, although for business coaching visits to company offices can be arranged or can be conducted via skype.

If you would like to access our Coaching or training services for personal, life and business development then please visit Pinnacle

Opening hours

Our Wakefield hours of opening are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9.30 till 9pm. As appointment availability can change hourly it is best to phone us to check our availability and to book an appointment with a Counsellor.

What issues and organisations we work with

We help people with counselling around Couple conflict, Relationships both personal and work, Self Esteem, Confidence Building, Bereavement, Emotional Conflict, Sexual Addictions, Family therapy and Gender Identity, EMDR, in fact anyone seeking change in their life.

Ian also is a qualified teacher and trains people in understanding why their life can go wrong and what to do to make it right. The information for these course for individuals, parents, couples and groups can be found at Intuitive Therapy. I hold my training courses locally and in other areas or even at your own venue if you would like me to. The information for these course can be found at Pinnacle

We do and have also provided Counselling and Therapy to the following agencies Relate, HM Forces, Local Government Authorities, GP Surgeries, Police, Ambulance, EAP's, NHS and other local providers across the Wakefield, Dewsbury and WF postcodes.

Where are we based

We have our counselling practices on Ings Rd, just outside Wakefield city centre and close to train and bus terminus's, which is easily reached from Leeds, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Ossett, and all outlining WF postcodes.
For further information or to make a booking please contact us on:
Tel: Mobile for Ian 0776 9976620 or Su 0776 9976626
(Answer phone will connect if we are busy with clients, but please leave a message and your contact details, saying if we can leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible)

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We are registered with the following appropriate organisations.

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Responsibility of the Clients worlds

A lot of Counsellors and Therapists over the years have come to me with dilemmas around the work they do and the Client’s they see. One of the common issues is whether I should be seeing the Client or Client’s I am seeing or I am confused as to what I am doing. This usually revolves around the issue of responsibility for the Client or the material they are presenting or the organisation that the person is working for making the Counsellor responsible for something they really do not have responsibility for. An example of this would be a Client who disclosed something in the room and that information gave us ethical considerations,
Do we challenge the Client about the information?
Do we take it to supervision and then see what we do with it,
Do we say nothing and disregard it
In all the instances where I have had these types of conversations it’s usually because the Counsellor is left with the information and they haven’t been able to offset the responsibility and produce a process of completion with whatever has been disclosed. I always take the view that the Client is responsible for the information they give us and as we always upon meeting go through the confidentiality, data and disclosure document with them before engaging with the work then they know that if someone would be at risk we have to disclose to provide safety. If the Client tells us something which could incur risk then they automatically know we have to take some sort of action with that information. My questions in these circumstances are.
Why did you tell me that?
What do you want me to do with it?
Giving responsibility to the Client is the most therapeutic thing we can do as they have choices and by them taking responsibility this models a better process for them in engaging in their world.
Once we have discussed these questions then they are involved in the process of disclosure and they can be helped by us to deliver or work effectively with that disclosure safely and properly. We all have to take responsibility for our actions and reactions so please don’t accept responsibility for something which is not yours and direct the responsibility back to the person who should hold it and help them to make better choices, decisions and disclosure if needed.
I have found once Counsellors do this then they feel more at ease with themselves, less angry with the Client and more able to process the issue objectively which helps all.
We never have to work with any Client’s as we need to feel able to be congruent and competent in all of our Client work.
If an organisation or a Client tries to move you boundaries on working with people who you feel you can’t work with then politely but firmly suggest that in working with this Client or Clients you will be engaging outside of either you competency or you cannot for whatever reason be congruent with the Client or the material they are bring then ethically you should not work with them. As we all sign up to these basic principles then no one can justify making you work with anyone who falls outside of these two basic ethical standards.

“Have the life you want not the one other people think you should have”


Ian Wallace Relate Counsellor in Wakefield

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