Anita Dunford: Relational Counsellor, ILKLEY, LS29
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Anita Dunford

Relational counsellor
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About Me

Do you feel overwhelmed with the stressors of modern day living and would like to explore options for a more fulfilling life? Are you feeling exhausted at meeting the needs of others and find it difficult to find time for your own needs or unable to say “no” to the needs of others without feeling guilty?

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. 

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.


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. The most important relationship we have is the relationship with ourselves but for many of us this can be the most difficult. 


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 with ourselves and in our relationships with ourselves and others.

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 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.

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First Practice
Clarity Counselling
The Grove
West Yorkshire
LS29 9PA

Issues often worked with

Couple relationships
Family issues
Interpersonal relationships
Sexual abuse
Attachment disorder
Childhood difficulties
Family estrangement

Therapy offered

In person
On video

Client groups



£55 per session Individuals

£ 70 per session Couples

Payment by cash or card.  Bank transfer prior to the session also accepted.

My counselling room is located in central Ilkley and I work with in-person clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and with online clients on Mondays.

Training and qualifications


BSc Therapeutic Counselling Leeds Beckett University- BACP Accredited Course.


HE Diploma Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy - Leeds Beckett University – BACP Accredited Course.

Specialist Training in Bereavement, Trauma, Suicide and Dealing with Loss.

Training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Model (CBT)

Certificate in Counselling Skills - Leeds Metropolitan University



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

I have 20 years experience of working in the voluntary sector, including nine years experience as a volunteer at ChildLine and two years as a 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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