Ursula Walker (MBACP Accred)
St. John's Square
I have a great passion for counselling because it worked for me when my husband died and I needed help. When I first went into counselling I wanted to work to specialise in bereavement because of my own experience.
I always work from a person centred aproach. This means that I will work with whatever you bring to the sessions. I will offer you a safe and non-judgemental space where you can express your inner feelings. Sometimes you know what it is but sometimes you can just feel unhappy or down, stressed and are not quite sure why. I will bring in other ways of working if I think it is appropriate e.g. I may do some CBT, Relaxation, explain a theory to help you understand why you may feel the way you do. I have a great passion for working with anger, stress and anxiety problems.
I am happy to work in your own home if you feel this would benefit you.
As well as counselling I teach Anger Management; Stress Management and Relaxation; Anxiety Management and Communication/Listening skills.
I have been counselling since 2005 and became Accredited in 2010. I have since worked for a number of Employee Assisted Programmes (EAP) e.g. the School Advisory Service, ATOS and Health Assured. I have also worked with local organisations (Blackpool Transport, MIND) and shops Next and B&M Bargains.
I am Chair of a local counselling service and where I work voluntarily.
To find out more about me why not visit my web site or "Follow me" on Facebook.
Training, qualifications & experience
These are my formal qualifications but I do a lot of reading to keep myself up to date and I attend local training days on various topics. Most recently
Currently studying Mental Health Awareness - Level 2
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling (July 2017)
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (Level 1) - March 2017
Stress Management (Level 3)
Cancer Awareness Day - May 2016
BACP Practitioners Conference - March 2014
Applied Suicide Inerventions Skills Training (ASSIST) - Feb 2014
Solution Focused Brief Therapy - Feb 2014
Anorexia Nervosa - Nov 2013
Understanding Self Harm - April 2013
A Person Centred/Experiental View on Working with Mental Health Issues - March 2013
Working with Christian Beliefs in Counselling - Jan 2013
Undserstanding and Supporting People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Jan 2012 (Jdaola)
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder - December 2011 (Jadola)
Relaxation and Stress Mangement - July 2011
Life after Trauma - June 2011
Anger Mangement - April 2011
Attachment and Neurology - Oct 2009
Cruse Bereavement Training - 2008
Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Level 4) 2005
Childhood Loss and Bereavement 2004
Loss and Bereavement (Level 1) 2003
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a Christian and this affects my outlook on life and the way I live and work. I am happy to work with Christians who are struggling with their faith or who want a Christian perspective on the counselling.
I do not specifically bring Christianity into any counselling session unless you aks me to.
My fees are £40 for a one hour session for people who are working and can afford it.
I am happy to negotiate fees because I know not everyone can afford this and I would not want someone not to get the help they needed because of financial constraints. Please call to discuss fees.
I work in the centre of Blackpool where there is car parking and it is easily accessible by bus and tram. I am based at St. Johns Church Business and Community Centre which is the large Church opposite the Winter Gardens/Opera House. The church is split into different rooms for various activites and there is a counselling room. The counselling has nothing to do with the Church, I am just renting the room from them. I use this building entirely for the counselling rooms which includes disable access and toilet.
I also do home visits for the elderly or people with mobility problems.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early morning sessions (8.30pm) throughout the day and evening. Not available Monday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|