Clarity Counselling Ilkley and surrounding areas

Anita. Anita

Anita Dunford - Counsellor & Psychotherapist, BSc Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy. MBACP.

All of us experience difficult times in our lives. It maybe that you are struggling with a specific issue such as relationship or family issues. Maybe you are considering separation or divorce and need to talk through the difficulties. Or are experiencing grief due to bereavement and need someone to talk to but worry about burdening your family or friends.

Perhaps you need support to develop better ways of coping in times of stress, or explore your own ways of behaving and relating with other people. It maybe that you are feeling a sense of emptiness and fulfilment, and feel depressed or anxious and are looking for clearer direction and life meaning. Sometimes we don’t understand why we feel the way we do, why we think the way we do, and why we behave the way we do.

Whatever your reasons, counselling can help provide the opportunity to explore, make sense of, and work through difficult and painful processes which can help us live a happier more fulfilling life.

I am a fully qualified, experienced, counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I provide a high level of professional competence and care.

I have trained in the Relational Approach which is underpinned by the Person Centred Approach and incorporates Existential, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) models. Different models help different people as we are all unique. Therefore, the therapy I provide is tailored to the unique needs, aims and concerns of each individual client

I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental, confidential environment from where you can talk about anything you want, however difficult. I will listen carefully and non-judgmentally, with respect, in complete confidence. Together we may explore what is troubling you, and begin to find a way for you to reach your own decisions and make your own choices.

I provide both short and long-term counselling, working over a few weeks or several months, depending on your individual needs and wishes.

If you are interested in booking an appointment with me or would just like to find out about how counselling may be able to help you, please contact me on 07704 631975 or email

Please note I currently have no availability until week commencing March 19th


I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist - :

BSc Therapeutic Counselling - Leeds Beckett University (BACP Accredited Course).

HE Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy - Leeds Beckett University (BACP Accredited Course).)

Specialist training and experience of working with bereavement, trauma, suicide and dealing with loss

Training in Cognitive Behaviour Model (CBT)

Certificate in Counselling Skills - Leeds Beckett University

Training and Experience

I have experience of working with many issues including relationship issues, loss and grief, bereavement, suicide, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

16 years experience of working in the voluntary sector, including nine years experience as a volunteer at ChildLine and two years as counsellor at Bradford Bereavement Support.

Additionally, I have considerable experience of the corporate world prior to qualifying as a counsellor. This experience has enabled me to understand the pressures faced by individuals working in a highly demanding work environment and the impact this has on other relationships and our work and life balance.

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Professional Memberships

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance
I hold a current Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS).

Issues I can help with…

  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Trauma / Crisis
  • Dissociation
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Divorce / Separations
  • Redundancy
  • Major Life Transitions such as having children, illness, redundancy, retirement and aging.
  • Dissociation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Bullying
  • Abuse
  • Addiction.
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Sexuality
  • Work Related Issues
  • Sandwich Generation – Caring for both children and elderly parents.

  • Testimonials

    "It meant a lot to be able to talk to someone who has so much compassion and who is willing to listen. Thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness and understanding. Your support and guidance has helped me gain strength to be able to move forward" . JM

    "Anita, many thanks for your comfort, kindness and help over the last eight months that I have been coming to see you. I could not have got through this without you". JG

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