Kathryn Hurl Counselling and Therapies Welcomes You
Your Source for Personal Growth
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent van Gogh
My Counselling Story
Experienced. Certified. Supportive.
Life isn’t always straightforward, and as it is for many, life changing events led me to experience counselling for myself for the first time. I had been in a negative place for a while and knew I needed to do something, I just didn’t know what.
On reflection, by the time I asked my GP for help and to refer me somewhere (anywhere), I was probably quite desperate. And to say I was apprehensive about opening myself up to a ‘stranger’ would be quite an understatement! But, I was committed. I knew that I wanted and needed a change to happen.
My counselling experience ended up having quite a profound impact on my life. So much so in fact, that a number of years down the line I was inspired to make some fundamental changes and retrain to become a counsellor myself.
This was the hardest but the most rewarding thing I have ever undertaken.
Since making that decision, I have now worked within schools and educational settings, from Early Years through to High School. I am passionate about working with children and having a positive impact on their lives. I have worked with clients at Noah’s Ark in Halifax (Children, Young People and Adults). I also have a lived experience of working with children with ADHD, ASD and Dyslexia (self-doubt, self-esteem & anxiety can often go hand in hand).
I work in an integrative way with my clients, believing that each client should be treated as an individual.
Working with issues including: ADHD, ASD. Anxiety, Low Mood & Depression. Bereavement, Relationships, Bullying, Self Esteem and Confidence issues to name but a few.
I am a registered member with the BACP, I have full insurance and I am DBS checked.
Please do get in touch.
What is Counselling?
What to expect
Counselling is a safe space where you can talk freely, without judgement.
The relationship between a counsellor and client is based on trust. I believe it is vitally important to nurture this.
While clients often present with an initial problem, there are frequently further underlying issues that become apparent through our discussions. I work with you across these issues and enable you to find the most authentic version of yourself.
I work in an integrative way - treating each client as an individual, with sessions tailored to meet specific needs. Children and young people for example frequently love to work in a creative, fun way, which I find is very effective in helping them understand and work through their problems.
For adults each session lasts between 50 minutes to 1 hour and for young people or children 45 minutes. All sessions are £55.
I ask for pre-payment to secure a session and I operate a 48 hours cancelation policy.
I'm always happy to have an initial conversation with you over the phone. If you then want to move forward with therapy, I usually suggest an initial 6 weeks and on a weekly basis. This is to build the trust and start to form the relationship between the client and therapist But we can review this going forward.
I work from my own private Counselling room at Dean Clough, Halifax. I also offer telephone & Zoom appointments.
Services and Rates
45 minutes - £55
I spend time with your child to understand what they enjoy playing with the most. I offer many types of activities and play to suit your child. I find that creative, fun play is very effective in helping them understand and work through their problems.
After working with children for a number of years I offer 45 minute sessions as I feel this is enough for their little minds.
Counselling Young People
45 minutes - £55
Counselling for young adults can help with a range of personal issues. Motivations to attend counselling are personal and can stem from external and internal pressures.
From working with young people over a number of years, from both a counselling and educational head of year perspective, it is evident that Covid-19 has also had a significant impact on our young peoples personal resilience and wellbeing.
I offer a safe, confidential place to talk about issues that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. These experiences may exist within their own home, community, workplace or further higher education institution. Ultimately they will be negatively impacting upon the young adult and their relationships.
50 minutes to 1 hour - £55
Short-term counselling can be ideal for providing practical help with issues such as improving confidence, or managing stress or anxiety. It can also provide support and be a crucial ‘processing’ space when facing major life-changes such as redundancy, retirement, divorce, or bereavement. Short-term counselling helps re-acquaint you with your strengths and top-up your coping strategies, so you can take charge of your own life again.
Longer-term counselling may be needed when the issues you face have been around a long time, began early in life, or are affecting many different areas of your life – for example in cases of addiction or self-harm, or ongoing problems with depression and relationships.
Help for Your Life
Integrative counselling aims to promote healing and facilitate wholeness - ensuring that all levels of a person's being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential.
"Focus on the journey, not the destination."