Marie Varney during a consultation

About me

I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist - I am warm and friendly, empathic and supportive. I understand that the decision to come for counselling is an important one, and that finding the right counsellor is key. I believe in the transformative potential of counselling to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

I originally trained at Salford University and then Leeds Beckett University, and hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Level 7). I now run my independent practice from counselling rooms in Ilkley, LS29 and Skipton, BD23.


My previous work experience includes: working as a Counsellor in a staff and student counselling service within a Further Education college, and I also worked for many years with Cruse Bereavement Care (Craven & Bradford). Prior to re-training as a Counsellor I worked in the Voluntary Sector developing and managing peer mentoring programmes.

I attend regular training and am a member of a Continuing Professional Development group with other counsellors to ensure that my practice continues to evolve and develop. I also receive monthly clinical supervision and am fully insured.

I’m also a registered member (106638) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); my work is guided by its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions which puts client wellbeing at its heart. This means you can be assured that I work to professional standards.

BACP Registered Member


  • Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, (Leeds Beckett University) BACP-accredited course, 2014
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Counselling (Salford University), 2001
  • Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, 2015
  • Certificate in Bereavement Awareness, 2011

Additional training includes:

  • Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma (Stage 2), 2018
  • Supervision Diploma Course, 2018
  • Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum, 2018
  • Working with Domestic Violence and Abuse, 2017
  • Complex Trauma Work (Stage 1), 2017
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care with Children & Young People, 2016
  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, 2016
  • Introduction to Sand Tray Therapy, 2015
  • Relational Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 2014