Cathy Macbeth, Registered MBACP, Adv.Dip. Integrative Counselling, Supervisor

Cathy Macbeth, Registered MBACP, Adv.Dip. Integrative Counselling, Supervisor


01695 735689 / 0786 407 4684

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01695 735689 / 0786 407 4684

About me

                                      FREE PRE-COUNSELLING SESSION
I am a widely experienced registered counsellor, skilled at building warm, safe, therapeutic
relationships and supporting people through difficult times. I am particularly experienced in bereavement counselling.

At any point in your life you may have difficulty in coping or be facing challenges; you may feel ‘down’ or overwhelmed by life. You might find it difficult to talk to family or friends for fear of burdening or hurting them. You may feel that they contribute to your problems.

You may be looking for freedom from anxiety, grief, fear, depression, unhappiness, or relationship problems, or be feeling ‘stuck’ in a place you don’t want to be in.

Maybe you’ve just had ‘enough’

Painful experiences from the past, difficulties in the present, or worries about the future may leave you unable to enjoy life or achieve your aims or potential.

My own personal positive experience of counselling at a difficult time in my life led me to train as a counsellor, and also as a counselling supervisor, with the wish to help others who need support and the value of being fully heard in a fully accepting, non-judgemental way.  I like to think that I bring my life's experiences into the way I am as a counsellor, with a warm, calm, compassionate, and understanding nature.

I am experienced in working individually with clients concerned with many areas,
particularly bereavement and loss, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, low self-esteem, painful past experiences, or worries about the future, among others.


I offer a confidential, friendly, and professional service to individuals over 17. I have a private practice in a peaceful area of Skelmersdale where you can be in a confidential, calm, safe space, and I can help you to explore and reflect on thoughts and feelings, and to find ways of coping with your situation.

I am 5 minutes from the M58, and 10 minutes from the M6, with ample free parking and regular local buses 2 minutes walk away.

As your counsellor, I aim to support you through whatever you're going through and help you to find your inner strengths. I am fully trained in the integrative approach, which means that I have training and substantial experience in using a wide range of counselling approaches.  From these, I create an individual counselling approach, which best suits you and your situation.

For some, it is hard to talk or to find the words you're looking for, so I sometimes offer creative approaches, on request, to those who would like to use them and feel comfortable to do so. For example, relaxation techniques can help with stress, panic attacks or anger, and help you to feel calmer;  art or writing  therapies can help to express feelings which you can't find words for.

The basis of my work is person-centred, which means that I always respect you as an individual and trust in your capacity for growing and achieving new ways of being.

"How long will it take?"

Some people find that a few sessions are all they need to feel better, and some people need longer.  I recommend a minimum of 4- 6 sessions, but there is no time limit - you can take as long or as short as you feel is right for you. We can discuss this at your first session by looking at your needs and situation.

I work 1-1, with adults over the age of 17.

Nervous? You might be feeling - "what will it be like?" - "what will I say?" - "will I like her?" - "will I get upset?"  - all sorts of doubts and questions might be buzzing around in your mind.  That's why you can choose to come for a free pre-counselling session (20-30 minutes) so you can see if you feel comfortable, to find out what counselling process I can offer, and ask any questions, with no obligation to book further sessions. Usually I will be able to see you within a few days; appointments are on Tuesdays - Saturdays,10am - 4pm.

See testimonials from some of my previous clients at the bottom of this page.

For more information, email

If you would like to know more please contact me or visit my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)
BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Awareness in Bereavement Care, CRUSE
Accredited Bereavement Volunteer, CRUSE
Using Creative Arts in Therapy 
Working With Anger
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) Level 2
NHS Course Tutor, Chronic Disease Self Management

Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

I have had several years of experience in the NHS in organising and presenting self-management courses for people with chronic health conditions, having had personal experiences of the many emotions, challenges and difficulties faced when living with a chronic health condition.

I have also worked as a Disability Awareness Trainer, with personal experience of disability.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic health conditions - coping with diagnosis and self-management when living with a long-term health condition.

Experienced meditation practitioner and teacher


Free pre-counselling session:  This initial meeting (20-30 minutes) is an opportunity for you to meet me, to explore whether counselling is what you need, and to find out how we both feel about working together, with no obligation to take it further. However you may choose to start straight away with a full one-hour counselling session (prices below)

Individuals:  £35 per session (1 hour)

EAP and other referrals: £40-£50 per session (1 hour)

Supervision: £35 per hour, £50 per 90 minute session

Concessionary rates: I can offer concessions for students and unwaged/low incomes.

Further information

Testimonials from some previous clients:

"Your help assisted me through one of the most difficult periods of my life in a calm, friendly and relaxed manner. I have gone from being almost completely 'at the end of my tether' to a state where I feel much better able to cope with daily life. [I have] better insight into my behaviour, increased self awareness and much better coping skills.  Your help was invaluable." K., Chester

"Counselling has helped me to turn my life around and it has changed immeasurably." J., Ormskirk

"If I did not go to counselling I would not be able to move forward in my life. My sleeping has improved a lot, I'm more confident and not worrying so much, and I'm seeing things much clearer." H.

"I have gained an understanding of myself and my outlook on my life has changed. Before counselling, I compared my life to others and viewed my own as negative. I now feel reassured and positive."

" It [counselling] has helped me cope with the saddest and most difficult time of my life. I feel stronger and able to live my life in joy."  T., Parbold

"I have gained a a more positive outlook in life and am a more confident person. I can approach people with issues that I feel need resolving - disputes for example, and I am no longer scared to approach new challenges or try new things." C., Skelmersdale

"I am less reclusive than I was before counselling - I am much more outgoing and have discovered hobbies and activities that I am both good at and enjoy. I am not reliant on drinking to 'enjoy' myself; this was an issue that I was really able to address in counselling." W., Ormskirk

"Many thanks for all your support and help; I now feel able to express my feelings more and not bottle up my emotions." C., Ormskirk

"My experience of counselling was very good - better than expected! The most helpful aspect was speaking about myself; I'm not used to doing that and I've learned not to be so negative.  I feel happier, I'm more confident with my children and have less arguments." A., Skelmersdale

"I am a lot happier in myself since before counselling, and have got my confidence back. I've learned techniques of how to deal with difficult sitations and emotions. I enjoyed the process and the improvements made week-in, week-out." P., Skelmersdale

Maps & Directions

Skelmersdale, WN8 6SR

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Appointments are available from 10am-4.30pm Tuesday - Friday and 10.30am-3.30pm on Saturdays.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor with a busy private practice in Skelmersdale, offering supervision to both trainees and qualified counsellors.

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