Mandy Lucas MBACP (Accredited)
Hi, I'm Mandy. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, accredited by the BACP working in the Skipton area. It can sometimes become necessary to put yourself first and take action to be able to continue to cope with the difficult demands faced on a daily basis which can overwhelm and disempower us.
You may be suffering from symptoms of anxiety or depression.
You may be bereaved or suffering loss.
Your relationship may be failing or have broken down, leaving you bereft or confused.
You may be experiencing high levels of stress in the workplace or be signed off work following a breakdown.
You may be struggling to cope financially.
You may have ongoing physical health issues which impact on how you want to live your life.
You may have ongoing family issues with parents, relations or children which you struggle to resolve.
Some, or all of these factors can lead to experiencing a loss of control in your life - you may feel out of your depth, overwhelmed by struggling to cope on a daily basis. This is the time to act. To find support for yourself so that you can get back to a way of life that is right for you. We tend to assume or tell ourselves that things will improve - they may, but they may not, and ignoring the signs that let us know we are not in a good place can leave us in a worse position to manage.
Counselling offers an opportunity to try something different, within a safe therapeutic relationship. It gives you the space to look at the things you find difficult in your life and assess whether your current coping strategies are working for you or merely providing temporary relief.
By exploring and challenging your habitual ways of reacting and responding to people and events, you can create real choices about how you think, feel and behave. So often we are governed by the rules, values and expectations of others and this can keep us from getting hold of who we really are, of acknowledging dreams and goals and allowing them to become a real possibility. Until we become aware that we have choices, it can be difficult to effect any real change.
Our work will be about gaining a broader perspective, identifying choices and making them a reality.
The theoretical basis of my work is person-centred based upon the core conditions of empathy, acceptance and congruence. These conditions provide a sound basis in which you can experience the trust, acceptance and security needed to explore issues further.This way of working aims to enhance the self-awareness and self-knowledge you already possess so that you can harness your own strengths and qualities to bring about the changes you seek.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include a BA (Honours) Degree in Sociology and Psychology and a BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I have additional training in other models including Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I currently work for an NHS Commissioned Provider (IAPT) offering short term work to individuals, working with anxiety and depression. I have worked independently as a counsellor offering individual work since 2010.
I have worked as a counsellor in a number of services including: in education, assessing young children and families for counselling, bereavement services, sexual abuse/violence services and a women's centre. I have also worked in a GP practice as part of a primary care mental health service offering one-to-one work to individuals referred to the NHS service by their GP.
I have worked with young people and adults including staff in a university counselling service. Prior to my training as a counsellor, I worked in mental health services in a number of settings for over ten years, including: psychiatric hospital, residential community support and as a mental health advocate.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood sexual abuse
Fifty minute sessions are charged at £45. Concessions may be available.
Please feel free to just give me a call and have a chat about your particular needs.
I can offer short or long term work to suit your needs.
The Craven Clinic is based in the centre of Skipton and is easily accessible by car or public transport. There is free parking available on the High Street on certain days, (please check restrictions) and the nearest car park is High Street Car Park BD23 1ED, about two minutes walk away.
The Craven Clinic, established in 1992 offers a variety of holistic therapies in a warm and safe environment. Please view the website for the Craven Clinic at www.cravenclinic.co.uk.
All e-mail and phone messages are confidential and accessed solely be me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible availability - please ring or e-mail to enquire
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|