Mike Winstanley FdA, BA (hons), MBACP
If you are feeling anxious, depressed or as if you are struggling within a challenging relationship, I can help you to explore, understand and cope with your emotionally painful or confusing feelings.
Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to friends or family about how you really feel.
Sharing your thoughts and concerns with a trained therapist in a safe and non-judgemental setting can offer you the first steps towards finding clarity, calmness and focus in your life, empowering you to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor working with a core approach of Person Centred Therapy. My style of counselling enables me to offer you a range of therapeutic interventions during sessions in order to meet your needs, both in a short term or ongoing counselling setting.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and as such my practice is governed by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions to which I adhere.
I am experienced in working therapeutically with people over the age of 16, who may be seeking help with:
- Life transitions and changes
- Health issues
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
- Low self-esteem
- Workplace issues
I have worked in the field of mental health support for over 5 years for third sector organisations, working alongside NHS mental health practitioners and in addition to my private practice I currently work in Lancashire managing emotional well-being activity programmes for young people up to the age of 25.
My formal qualifications:
- First Class BA (hons) in Counselling with Brief Interventions
- Foundation Degree (Distinction) in Counselling with Brief Interventions
- Level 5 Diploma (HE) Psychology
In addition to my formal training, as a BACP registered counsellor I also undertake a minimum of 30 hours of professional training and development each year.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Each counselling session lasts for 1 hour and is charged at £35.
The initial 1-hour session is charged at £25. This session enables us to discuss what you hope to achieve from counselling and answer any questions that you may have.
I also offer a 'student rate' of £25 per session, that is available to any trainee counsellor or psychotherapist attending a recognised course of study.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
I work to standard office hours of Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm and therefore cannot respond to telephone or email enquiries outside of these hours.
I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.
Please note that you are under no obligation to start a course of therapy following an initial consultation.
The counselling service that I offer is unable to provide any crisis response or urgent care provision and if you need assistance or advice you should contact your GP, or if urgent call 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123.
Alternatively the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust operate a freephone Wellbeing & Mental Health Helpline on 0800 915 4640 (Open Monday to Friday 7pm - 11pm; Saturday & Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Sessions are available during weekday evenings: 5pm - 8pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|