It is my view that collaboration rather than competition is essential in the provision of effective mental health services. I work with colleagues in all professions to enable the best possible outcomes for people experiencing emotional distress and other impacts of trauma.

I am interested in discussing potential collaboration with a range of people from different disciplines and I encourage those of you who feel in tune with what the website is saying and doing to contact me to discuss our shared views and how we might collaborate. Please click Get in Touch on the contact page and email me your ideas.

Our current affiliate is introduced below:

Joanne Benson

Joanne is a warm and responsive counsellor with 10 years practice experience who has worked with vulnerable clients in educational settings. She qualified as a counsellor after completing the Diploma in Counselling and Human Relations from Bradford University in 2003 followed by a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005. She was a counsellor at LMU’s counselling service for 11 years and has experience working with mental health problems and suicidal thoughts. She has been a Samaritan for 26 years.

She says of her work:

I take person-centred approach, integrating other models to suit the person’s needs. I share the view, backed up by research, which holds the most important factor in the healing process to be the trusting relationship that develops between the counsellor and client. I understand the beneficial effect of being able to off-load or disclose upsetting thoughts and feelings to someone who will listen in an empathic, non-judgemental manner in a safe, confidential setting.

Joanne works from Ilkley Healing Centre and can be contacted through the Recovery Practice email on this site or direct on 01943 600217 and via


Recommended practice:

Guiseley Osteopathic Centre

This centre works in a sensitive way with trauma survivors who often have difficulties with being touched