Jennifer Atherton - BSc (Hons), Dip Counselling, BACP Registered

Jennifer Atherton -  BSc (Hons), Dip Counselling, BACP Registered

Bank Chambers
Belgrave Square

The Remedy Centre For Health
166 Tulketh Road


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Bank Chambers
Belgrave Square

The Remedy Centre For Health
166 Tulketh Road


About me

Fully qualified and BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Registered Counsellor providing counselling to adults and young people from diverse backgrounds who may be facing various concerns and emotional difficulties.

I am a warm and accepting Counsellor based in Preston and Darwen and offer counselling to both adults and young people in my private practice. Alongside this I currently coordinate a large counselling service for a North West charity and have previously worked within Lancaster Schools as a Children's Counsellor. I also provide counselling to many adults within a General Counselling Service.

I have trained in many areas of counselling including couples counselling and have extensive training in bereavement counselling and anger management. I work with various concerns including relationship issues, work related stress, abuse, grief and loss and have a special interest in working with depression, self esteem and confidence issues.  I am committed to establishing a strong working relationship with clients to help bring about the positive changes they desire.  I work with whatever concerns you may want to bring and always offer respect, positive regard and confidentiality.

I am very committed to furthering my professional development and am currently undertaking the NHS approved and BACP accredited ‘Counselling for Depression’ training. This is specialist training and NICE (National Institute Clinical Excellence) recommended counselling that is proven to help people suffering from depression.  Counselling tends to be beneficial in easing various emotional problems, one of which includes depression. Many circumstances can contribute to distress and depression such as feeling worthless, difficult relationships, unresolved childhood problems and self criticism.  Counselling really helps to identify underlying problems and work towards self acceptance and healing.

Drawing on my years of experience I am a firm believer that given the necessary, supportive, caring environment, people have a natural tendency to grow and reach their full potential.  Counselling helps create that environment and provides the support needed to help clients resolve inner worries and reach that goal.  The major contributing factor to facilitate this change is to build a trusting relationship between Counsellor and client and this I am fully committed to.  I aim to help you feel relaxed and accepted enabling me to understand concerns from your perspective and be fully empathic.


There may be difficult circumstances, thoughts or feelings that could be preventing individuals from getting the most out of life. Counselling helps to look at these difficulties in a safe and confidential environment and work towards a way forward.

It may not always be easy to talk to family and friends about personal difficulties for many various reasons. Counselling is different in that I will listen respectfully and attentively to your concerns and will seek to understand your perspective rather than have specific expectations of you, or our time together. Many people vastly benefit from Counselling as it can help us gain insight into ourselves and our lives, achieve a different perspective on our circumstances, find new coping strategies and generally feel much better and more positive. Counselling can help you to come to terms with difficulties which may have happened in your life: life transitions such as relationship breakdowns, unemployment or bereavement and can help you to process painful thoughts and feelings associated with hurtful events in your past that may be affecting your quality of life today. These may include childhood issues, abuse and abandonment.

There are many different models of counselling. I practice a humanistic, person-centered and integrative approach to Counselling:

A humanistic approach recognises the full potential and integrity of all people.

An integrative approach draws on the different tried and tested models of counselling to create the most helpful way to support you. This is because each individual is unique.

The 'person centered' philosophy of building a trusting, authentic, accepting and empathic relationship between client and counsellor underpins my work.

About me

Over the past 12 years I have worked in various supportive roles in both voluntary and paid capacities with whole communities, adults and young people. In addition to counselling I have undertaken key work roles and support planning in a residential setting to encourage skills development helping homeless individuals work towards independent living.  I have undertaken community mediation work which helped individuals to not only make a difference to their communities but also to their lives by becoming more empowered to seeing the change that can be achieved through positive action.  My desire to enable and empower individuals to make positive changes has very much shaped my counselling work.

Much of my career has involved rapport building with individuals from very diverse backgrounds and circumstances including professionals, inmates, homeless individuals and those with drugs, alcohol or mental health problems. This has trained me to develop a non judgmental, accepting, empathic approach to working with people.

Further voluntary roles have included part time youth work over a five year period, meeting with homeless individuals in Manchester and a literacy tuition placement in a Prison.

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside running my own private practice, I coordinate a large counselling service for a North West Charity. I meet with many clients, undertake initial counselling meetings to assess and determine their needs and then provide them with tailored counselling sessions as necessary. Within this role I also provide support for other Counsellors, ensure the provision of training and am responsible for allocating clients to Counsellors in line with their needs and Counsellor expertise.  I ensure that the service runs professionally, ethically and confidentially and that policies and procedures are adhered to.

I have much experience in providing both long and short term Counselling and you can find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I also take many referrals from Employment Assistance Programmes (EAP’s) and am happy to receive referrals directly from employers wishing to refer employees for any brief or longer term therapy.

I hold the following Qualifications:

* Dip. Theory and Practice of Counselling
* Dip. Counselling Children and Young People
* Cert. Counselling Skills
* Cert. Counselling Concepts
* Mental Health Awareness
* Bereavement Care (Cruse Bereavement)
* BSc Biological Sciences
* Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

Continuing Professional Development Courses (CPD):

* Anger Management
* Couples Counselling
* Gestalt Therapy
* Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
* Brief Alcohol Intervention
* Conflict Resolution
* Domestic Violence
* Guilt, shame and sexual abuse
* Suicide prevention
* Key-working and support planning
* Transgender awareness
* Islam awareness

* Child Assessment Framework (CAF)
* Child protection and safeguarding children
* Working with Metaphor
* Helping children tell their stories
* Making endings with children
* Inspiring and involving young people
* Parenting Skills

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Individual                                        1 hour                    £ 35

Student Counsellors                       1 hour                    £ 30

I currently see both adults and young people in my counselling practice.

Cancellation Policy: Less than 24 hours notice requires 50 % of the fee to be paid.

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Further information


" I expected when I came to counselling that my depression would just go but what I have found is that I have learnt how to cope."

" I don’t feel as angry now."

" I have felt comfortable opening up to you. Because I have been able to talk to you I have been able to open up to my partner and feel closer to them."

" In a short space of time I have found I have become much more positive and feel better about myself."

" I thought I would never be able to tell anyone because I felt so ashamed but I have been able to tell you."

" I feel much stronger now"

" Thank you so much for all your support."

" I just want to say thank you for the help you have given me over the last 7 months, I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate everything you have done for me and my family."

Lancs Counselling Service

Counselling available at two locations:


Bank Chambers
Belgrave Square


The Remedy Centre for Health
166 Tulketh Road

Tel: 07581 805546

Both of these locations have comfortable and pleasant counselling rooms and free car parking facilities.

Maps & Directions

Darwen, BB3 1BU
Preston, PR2 1ER

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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