Rosie Alice Counselling

Many people consider counselling, but are not sure what to expect. It can sometimes feel very hard to take that initial step and seek help, and to talk through things that you may never have shared with anyone before. My aim is to create a comfortable and relaxed environment to enable you to explore what is going on for you.

Counsellors work in all sorts of different ways; I work from an integrative perspective, which means that while I believe we all have the resources within us to enable us to achieve our full potential, there is no one-size-fits-all way of supporting someone to do that. Some people prefer just to talk; others like a more structured approach, with set goals in mind. The main aim of counselling is to help you to 'live your best life,' to coin a popular phrase, which many of us - perhaps by circumstance or because of our relationships - are sadly prevented from doing at times.

I have extensive training in, and experience of, working with families of people with eating disorders, and have run workshops and self-help groups on behalf of charities Beat, Student Minds and the Retreat hospital in York. As part of the team at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, and through a previous role at the Retreat, York, I co-delivered workshops and support groups for family members, friends and carers which centred on the Maudsley Method of supporting people with eating disorders, devised by Professor Janet Treasure. I work therapeutically with people with eating disorders, and am able to draw on my understanding of the family systems, relational difficulties, cognitive changes, and eating disorder 'traps' that can often keep eating disorders going, to inform my work, though my focus remains on being alongside someone as they explore what lies behind their relationship with food.

It is my sincere belief that no eating disorder is insurmountable, but at the same time, experience of working with people with eating disorders, and their families, has taught me that recovery can mean very different things to different people. I would be alongside you throughout, or for part of, your journey, whatever shape that may eventually take, and I regard my role as a means of helping you understand why things are the way they are right now, and supporting you to find a way of getting back to you.

Please note that I am currently offering counselling via Zoom and Skype in lieu of face-to-face work. If you would prefer to meet in person, I practise at the Oakdale Centre in Harrogate, and would ask all clients, after our initial conversation, to contact Oakdale for a formal assessment and referral. I also offer walk and talk therapy, which can be a great way of combining the healing potential of being outdoors with the healing power of talking; a lot of people also report how much they value the scope that walking gives them to process everything. For more details, including how this service is risk assessed and how session content is kept confidential, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Member of Professional Body

I am a registered member of the BACP.

Referral Criteria & Process

Please get in touch via email or telephone, and I will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours unless otherwise specified.


Delivering the Maudsley Method (Beat/YCED) 2012;
Facilitating Peer-Led Support Groups (Student Minds) 2012;
Working Therapeutically with People with Eating Disorders, Clinicians' training (Eating Disorders and Carers) 2015;
Motivational Interviewing for People with Eating Disorders (Eating Disorders and Carers) 2015;
Working therapeutically with people with autism (Horsforth Centre) 2018


BA Hons Politics and International Relations;
PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy;
MA Creative Writing;
MFA Creative Writing: Memoir and the Art of Story Telling;
Post-Qualification Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People (working towards)

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Last Updated: 11/03/2021
Age Groups: (0-15) (16-18) (19-25) (25+)

I work with adults and young people aged 12+

Fees: Yes

I charge £40 an hour for online/telephone sessions, and £50 for face-to-face work. In some circumstances, I am able to be flexible

Types of Support:
Face to face
Types of Service:
Private Practitioner
Types of Treatment:
Other Psychotherapy