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The Blue Frog Therapy Centre now has a growing team of self employed therapists offering a range of treatments and approaches. You can address your whole person with physical, talking and holistic therapies, hypnotherapy, facials, psychology and more.  

Click on a therapist below to read more about them and their approach to their therapies. 

Ben Taylor
Therapeutic, Holistic and Sports massage therapist/ Reiki / Relaxation / Immersive therapy / Meditation
Alessandra
Therapeutic, Holistic and Sports massage therapist
Margherita
Therapeutic, Holistic and Sports massage therapist
Fiona
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Susie
Therapeutic, Holistic and Sports massage therapist / Reflexologist / Facials
Jenny
Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Beth
Person-centred counsellor
Dr. Richard Jenkinson
Clinical Psychologist
Simon
Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Ben Taylor

“I regard myself as a mindful, considerate and capable practitioner, using my experiences of training and my travels around the world to create therapies and sessions individually tailored to ensure the most can be offered to each person, each visit.

I am dedicated to, and sincerely aim to help through the treatments I offer. As a professional therapist, member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, daily meditator and keen observer, I offer my time generously and deliberately so that each session ensures your comfort and confidence and will not take time from your therapy. I focus on individual care with a holistic approach to health.”

Tailored Massage in York City centre

Ben is from York and is a qualified, insured and experienced therapeutic massage therapist.  His first professional training, in 2007, was after lifelong experience of holistic and complementary therapies.  He studied hot stone therapy in New Zealand where he also practiced Chi Kung and was trained in the ‘rejuvenation’ therapy.  After further training Ben became self employed as a massage and holistic therapist in 2010 creating Blue Frog therapies in 2012.  He is a qualified Reiki practitioner, has certificates in Indian head massage, seated massage and has been meditating for 15 years.  He learned meditation throughout his travels around the world from different faiths, cultures and agendas.  Ben uses his experience to work with both the physical body to release tension and stress, and the non physical body for balance and integration of relaxation and mindfulness into everyday life.

In 2017 he received a diploma in sports massage therapy as part of his continuing professional development.

Since 2016 Blue frog therapies with Ben as practitioner has won multiple independent and reputable awards including the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2018 spa and wellness award as ‘Uk Urban Massage Salon of the year’.

Alessandra

I was born in Italy but l lived in different countries in the middle East with my family. Moving so often made me see how the world is an interesting place, full of possibilities. Growing up surrounded by people from everywhere, different religions and different approaches to life , it is definitely something l am thankful for and as an adult l kept travelling for fun and studying.

Years ago l started to study massage, just as a hobby, dedicating all my free time to it. l am passionate about it. l take people’s physical and emotional health very seriously and, if l could contribute to improve it, nothing would make me happier.

More recently I became a sports massage therapist and am studying onward to become a physiotherapist.

Humbled by how little I still know about physical, emotional and spiritual health, I still dedicate myself to learn more, acquire more knowledge and to be of service.

Through my own journey with health and well being I realised how our body had a strong impact on our mind. For me, this was a discovery, as l always considered my brain the only relevant part of me. I came to realise how physical pain , fatigue and discomfort can impact our life and mind, to the point of changing who we are. I learned that, in most cases, this process can be reversed.

I believe that holistic therapies, along with a healthy life style, help our body and mind to be in balance.

Massage is one of the many valuable tools to get rid of the extra emotional and physical burden.

I consider a massage to be a reset button.

I appreciate the remedial side of the therapy as an undeniable pain management technique. My aim is, in fact, to keep studying and researching to acquire new skills to help people to live a pain-free life. There is more than that to massage therapy: a good session could help your mind to get back to “the centre” and, in this place, you can heal.

Sometimes all we need is a break and we can take care of the rest.

Margherita

I consider myself passionate about my career as it is the outcome of a long journey driven by curiosity. Through these I have learned the importance to humble my point of view to become a better listener. Massage to me is the perfect tool to express myself because it enables me to create a bond with people and to take care of them in the most beautiful and authentic way I could think of. 

During my upbringing in Italy I had the chance to study the astonishing work of Latin poets, experiencing how deeply their mind was connected with their body. 

 

Relaxing back and head massage

“mens sana in corpore sano”

(an healthy mind in an healthy body)

As a professional therapist my aim is to tailor my treatments to the client’s physical and psychological needs through the variety of tools and techniques I acquired from my studies, in the hope of positively and effectively contributing to their contentment and well being.

I’m profoundly convinced that holistic therapy is the perfect tool to tackle with your daily hidden threats, carefully rebalancing your body and mind.

My training began with Swedish massage and since, I have continued to develop my skills including sports massage and cupping therapy.

I believe that understanding how the body works is an important feature of an effective treatment and being able to implement the theoretical understanding. 

Combining my training, experience and active listening skills with different hands-on techniques is crucial to offer an effective and valuable session truly tailored to the client’s requests and needs. My interest for anatomy and physiology is currently leading me to further deepen my knowledge through more specialised courses.

I am humbled and excited to learn as much as I am able and to have the privilege to work towards people’s wellbeing.

Having experienced in first person how holistic treatments can practically help to alleviate your body and mind issues, I decided to became a  professional massage therapist. Having completed my qualification in sport massage and cupping in York, I offer dedicated  customer-tailored treatments, with the aim of taking care of my customers, listening and guiding them through their needs.

Fiona

Mobile: 07840428569

enquiries@solutioncentredhypnotherapy.co.uk        http://solutioncentredhypnotherapy.co.uk

Fiona McKeand Clinical Hypnotherapist

Dip HSM, Dip AH, GQHP, MASTER PRACTITIONER of CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY

An accredited member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and the General Hypnotherapy Register.

As a fully qualified hypnotherapist, I help people with a range of different conditions and I am committed to helping you gain insights and mobilise your inner resources to achieve optimum health and fulfillment. I use safe, tried and tested techniques to help you communicate with your subconscious mind and achieve lasting results. My approach is compassionate, friendly and informal.

Fantastic treatment room in York city centre
Peaceful lighting for your massage with Blue Frog therapies

My roots are in North Yorkshire, though I have spent more than half my life living abroad, most recently 20 years in Asia before settling in York in 2016.  This experience of living in a number of different countries has taught me that people essentially have very similar concerns, issues and needs regardless of where they are from.

Before training as a hypnotherapist, I was a teacher, working with people of all ages to help them develop the skills and confidence to create a bright future and realise their potential. However, I found that the necessary focus on basic pastoral care and academic success that my teaching work involved was not enough as I was increasingly seeing people weighed down by anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain.

I decided to do what I could to help alleviate this and, based on my own experience of therapies and my deepening personal interest in the often astounding power of the mind, I looked around for what I believed would be the most effective way to help.

Hypnotherapy has a good deal of scientific backing and has been recognised by the British Medical Association since 1955 (and the American Medical Association since 1958) so I chose to study hypnotherapy. I completed my diploma training in Manchester in 2009 and returned to Hong Kong to begin my practice as a fully qualified, professional hypnotherapist.

I have found that my years working in education have reinforced my therapy skills; enabling me to bring this vision and wealth of teaching, coaching and guiding experience to my work as a hypnotherapist.  In addition, my teaching background has instilled in me a love of learning and a deep belief in the importance of continuing professional development. Since 2009 I have continually added to my formal training and understanding of the field of hypnotherapy, and I added Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) to my tool box in 2020. I am passionate about helping people and ensure that I engage in regular supervision and constantly update my skills-set so that I can better serve my clients.

I help people with a wide range of different conditions and I am committed to helping you gain insights and mobilise your inner resources to achieve optimum health and fulfillment. I use safe, tried and tested techniques to help you communicate with your subconscious mind and achieve lasting results. My approach is compassionate, friendly and informal, and tailored very much to individual needs.

 

 

Susie

 

I was born in Yorkshire and lived just outside of York with my family until I turned 18, and moved away to University. After graduating I went away travelling around the world as visiting other countries and learning about different cultures has always been a passion of mine. I love the sunshine, being outdoors and amongst nature – this is where I feel I can really find my inner peace.

Massage therapy has been around for thousands of years and is found in many cultures around the world. It promotes a rebalance of the body and all its systems helping detoxify.  Mentally, massage is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and promote better sleep. With great understanding of how stressful and fast paced life can be it is very important for me to help individuals see the importance of self-care.

I will continue to study holistic therapies to broaden my experience and enable me to offer a wider range of treatments. 

I see myself as a very caring person who is passionate and dedicated in helping to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

 

My love for massage led me to study this in many different lights from relaxing Swedish massage, slow, calming lymphatic drainage, invigorating Indian head massage to deep tissue and injury rehabilitation.

Following my college course where I gained qualifications in various ​therapies, I went on to gain my degree in sports therapy at Teesside University. This has given me the practical knowledge and understanding to provide high quality treatments with each session tailor made to suit each person’s needs.

Jenny

Email: jenny@counsellingyork.co.uk

website:  www.counsellingyork.co.uk

Tel: 07443580433

I am a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) in York, working with young people and adults.

As a relational integrative counsellor my approach holds the relationships between us first and I will focus on you and your needs, in a way that feels comfortable for you to explore your reasons for coming to counselling. I offer a non-judgmental space where we can build a trusting, mutual relationship which feels safe enough to allow for your growth. I have worked with diverse client groups including, children, adults, carers, people with disability and neurodivergence (including ADHD and Autism) and people of diverse cultures or backgrounds, with a passion for empowering people to live more freely. I can help you with whatever life experience brings you to counselling, including but not exclusively, bereavement, relationship issues, anxiety and depression.

I have a postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy, having previously studied psychology and continue to dedicate myself to ongoing professional development.

For further information about the BACP and their ethical framework please visit their website:

https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/

Jenny counselling york
Talking therapy in york

What you can expect when you book an initial session with me is a 20 minute free consultation first for us to explore how we could work together. This is a conversation about your reason for coming to counselling and I will share with you more about myself and how I work to create a plan that respects what you want to achieve. I am open and honest so we can begin to find a way forward, whatever life experience has brought you to counselling. We can then plan for the one hour weekly or fortnightly at the Blue Frog Therapies or online where I will make you feel welcome and comfortable to begin the work together. I will provide a confidential space and work ethically to the BACP ethical framework and my values as a compassionate, anti-discriminatory counsellor.

I also work with young people from ages 12 and up. I have a background working in child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and children’s social care with broad experience of the challenges young people can face and helping them through these. I can offer a safe space for your child or you as a young person where we can begin to explore what has brought you to counselling and find creative ways to help you find a way through this difficult time in your life.  

 

The sessions are £55 for one hour. Usually this will be weekly or fortnightly, but the number of sessions you attend is flexible and can be reviewed throughout our time together. I can work short term or long-term depending on your preference and the nature of what you wish you bring to counselling.

 

Beth

Email: bethkelsall@pm.me

Website: www.bethekelsallcounselling.com

I’m a qualified person-centred counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I believe counselling is a healing process that can help you reconnect with the blueprint of who you are.

The way I work is to offer a safe, confidential and compassionate space to talk through what’s going on for you. I work to empower you, rather than giving advice and use a gentle approach which can sometimes include creative work as well. Together, we can look at what your emotions are trying to tell you and figure out what your values are and where you want to be. 

 

Beth kelsall counselling in york
Consultation area at Blue Frog therapy centre

I work with adults (of all ages) and have a variety of experience in working with issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, grief, stress, spirituality, relationships and more. 

Before working in counselling I was in PR, so I’m aware of the stresses that come with constant busyness and feeling overwhelmed. I’m a parent too, and so am equipped to work through the challenges that come along with that. 

I offer sessions at £45 for 50 minutes, for either a few sessions or more longer-term.

Dr. Richard Jenkinson

 

Dr Richard Jenkinson is a multifaceted Clinical Psychologist with a strong track record in both research and practice. Grounded in evidence-based methods and compassionate care, Richard brings a diversified skill set that has proven effective across various age groups and clinical conditions.

Rich is registered with selected health insurance companies (including Axa, Aviva, WPA and Vitality Health). Please contact us to find out more about paying for clinical psychology services using an existing insurance policy.

Clinical psychology in York
Talking therapy in york

Richard’s fascination with the intricacies of human biology and behaviour led him to secure an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Manchester. Realising a deeper calling in psychology, he successfully completed an MSc in Psychology before acquiring a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sheffield.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Richard has worked in numerous NHS services including inpatient facilities and outpatient clinics. He has been instrumental in providing psychological assessments, formulation, and therapy for teenagers and adults from diverse backgrounds. He integrates multiple therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy, with particular efficacy in treating anxiety, stress, eating difficulties and depression rooted in low self-esteem, shame or self-criticism.

In 2023 Richard launched a private clinical psychology practice (Verdure Psychology Ltd) and chose to base his York-based practice at Blue Frog Therapies due to the relaxing and peaceful setting and the handy city centre location. He works with self-funding clients and those registered with selected insurance companies (currently Axa, Aviva, Vitality Health and WPA). More information about his services can be found by visiting https://verdurepsychology.co.uk.

 

Simon

 

I offer counselling for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems and issues stemming from other significant events in people’s lives. I have had over thirty years’ experience of working to support people through mental health crises, with substance abuse issues and learning disabilities.

I know how daunting it is to choose a counsellor so feel free to arrange an initial informal meeting. This may help you to decide whether it would benefit you to begin therapy and for us to work together.

After university, I first worked as an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor and then as a Teacher of English and Drama in Secondary Schools in Bradford and Leeds before training and working as an Actor for ten years. I was then employed in Social Services in London working with Adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and addiction related problems ultimately leading me to complete an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Simon counselling and psychotherapy

• Why choose counselling?
We go to counselling because of the way we feel.
Often it feels like we can be overwhelmed by our emotions, whether sadness or anger, fear, guilt, shame or distress. Sometimes people say that everything seems so confusing, that emotions have stopped them being able to make choices, stopped them speaking or being with others, even stopped them thinking.

• How do we do something about this?
Research has shown that an effective way to do something about the complexities that we find ourselves in is to explore them by talking about them.
By doing this they become less confusing, we can see where these feelings come from then see how best to manage them.

• How do we explore?
Counselling cannot make these feelings disappear but does allow an opportunity to revisit them, to make a different sense than the one that caused so much
distress at the beginning. Perhaps it caused so much distress because at the time it seemed to be the only sense to make.

• Relationships.
Many of these emotions that trouble us seem to stem from our habitual way of perceiving ourselves with others, the feelings that arise when we are in relationship to other people. Examining the way we feel about ourselves in relation to other people is an important first step in exploring those emotions that brought us to counselling in the first place. Exploring these in partnership with another, a counsellor, can offer an opportunity to revisit events, the background or the history that led to the feelings.

• A counsellor’s perspective.
Talking to close friends and family can help a great deal. However, most find that a different, new and impartial perspective can offer another way of making sense
of those emotions that seem to dominate.

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07584 550448 info@bluefrogtherapies.co.uk
Blue Frog Therapy Centre, 38 Bootham, York. YO30 7BL




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